Commercial

coldstone creamery team photo

When recently asked if she was aspiring to become “the ice cream queen,” Trudy Grabenauer replied, “I’m trying!” So far she’s off to a good start. Grabenauer, who resides in Santa Rosa, owns and operates Cold Stone Creamery retail ice cream stores in Montgomery Village in Santa Rosa, Washington Square in East Petaluma and the […]

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victory commercial trucks

If you were to characterize Tarrant Construction you might say they’re not too big and they’re not too small, perhaps they’re just the right size, although they don’t seem to be stuck in a comfort zone. “We’re trying to get more commercial work,” says Mike Tarrant, Executive Secretary and Estimator for Tarrant Construction, which is […]

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river terrace inn

In the schedule-driven industry of construction, making deadlines is paramount to success. John Dunn, Commercial Superintendent, is responsible for scheduling and meeting deadlines for LeDuc & Dexter’s commercial department. The key in scheduling is “matching the skills of the personnel with the individual jobs,” explains Dunn, who prides himself and his department on meeting deadlines. […]

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broiler

No one ever said it takes a great boiler to make a great wine, but hot water is an important ingredient in the wine making process. “Wineries use an incredible amount of water and they use a lot of hot water for cleaning,” says Bill Zeeb, Commercial Dept. Manager at LeDuc & Dexter Inc., “Typically […]

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infineon view

The hottest ticket at Infineon Raceway is the Dodge/Save Mart NASCAR Winston Cup Series race that will take place on June 19-22. Additional races will also take place over the weekend, which will draw over 100,000 spectators. There is also another race in progress, the race to complete construction projects that must be in place […]

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new office building construction

When Mike Gentry, Vice President of GCCI, Inc., thinks of tenant improvements, two words flash in his mind, “fast track”. “That’s what I like the most about the tenant improvement business, it’s on the fast track. You get in and you get out. That’s the way it is because the leases are set up for […]

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river terrace inn

Ground breaking has taken place for a new hotel in Napa. The River Terrace Inn, a 3-story, 108-room structure is now under construction. Andrews & Thornley General Contractors, Inc. is the builder. The wood frame building with board and batten exterior and built-up roof is a welcome addition to downtown Napa, a wine region city […]

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gcci construction

“Zero clearance is what we have. When you build in a downtown area it’s a real challenge,” says Mike Gentry of GCCI. “We have no staging area, so we schedule the delivery of materials as we use them. This takes a lot coordination on everyone’s part including our sub contractors.” It’s the first thing Gentry […]

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underground piping before foundation concrete

Radiant cooling in wine caves has two benefits according to Rob Main of The Engineering Partnership. The tangible benefit is the cooling of air mass that allows even, low temperatures that discourage oxidation in the wine making process. The other benefit has to do with, in a roundabout way, marketing. Rob Main explains, “When a […]

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Bryant Family Winery

To describe Bryant Family Winery in a word it would be fair to say that it’s unique. From the building design to the wine it is very unique indeed. It should also be noted that the circumstances of construction are rather unique in that the architect of the winery is now the project manager for […]

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