Spokane Journal of Business

Fisher Construction grows its Spokane office

General contractor adds three employees, expects increased revenue in 2019

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-—Samantha Peone
Corey Anderson, Spokane-based vice president of Fisher Construction Group, says the Spokane office accounted for $85.8 million of the company’s revenue in its fiscal year 2018.

Since first opening a satellite office here in March 2015, Burlington, Wash.-based design-build commercial general contractor Fisher Construction Group Inc. has seen significant growth in the Spokane area, says Corey Anderson, Spokane-based vice president of
the company.

Companywide, Fisher generated $376 million in revenue for its 2018 fiscal year ended Sept. 30, with the Spokane office accounting for $85.8 million, says Anderson.

That figure represents a “substantial increase” compared with 2017, and 2019 is projected to be “even better” than 2018, he says.

“We foresee continued growth in the company,” including within the Spokane office, he says.

Indeed, Fisher has expanded here in several ways.

Fisher, which has three offices, has a total of nine full-time employees in its Spokane office, three of whom were added in the past year. The company also has an intern that it plans to hire after he graduates in December, says Anderson.

The Spokane office occupies roughly 2,500 square feet of office space at 107 S. Howard, he says, where the it had moved from smaller quarters in February 2017.

Anderson says Fisher offers a variety of conventional commercial construction amenities, such as airport, bank, car dealership, and other retail and office projects. Locally, the company is the contractor for the Otis Hotel redevelopment downtown.

Fisher specializes, however, in food processing, cold storage, and industrial facilities, he says.

The company has constructed food processing and cold storage facilities for Sandpoint, Idaho-based salad dressing maker Litehouse Inc., building facilities both in Sandpoint and also in Utah for the company.

Fisher also constructed facilities for Fleming, N.J.-based Johanna Beverages Co.’s operations on the West Plains, he says.

Anderson says Fisher focuses on private projects instead of public ones.

“We focus primarily on private work and private clients, and we develop that mostly through our existing relationships,” he says.

About 90 percent of the company’s work is conducted through the design-build delivery method. Fisher’s architectural group has 17 designers, one of whom works out of the Spokane office.

The company also has a civil division that can perform earthwork service. Fisher’s Vancouver, Wash.-based thermal division installs insulated metal panels, a product commonly used in cold storage projects and construction of food-processing facilities. It can also offer carpentry services.

Anderson says Fisher decided to open a satellite officer here because it was looking for expansion opportunities.

Anderson, a Mead High School and Washington State University graduate, says he had a “personal desire” to move back to Spokane, and Fisher was looking for urban areas to open satellite offices.

The company had already done a number of projects in the Tri-Cities area, so Spokane was a logical step, he says.

Looking forward, Anderson says Fisher will keep servicing its clients, who mostly work along the West Coast.

“We’ll add staff to continue that growth, and we’ll add space … we don’t plan to go anywhere,” he says.

Fisher Construction Group has roughly 215 employees, he says.

Samantha Peone
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Reporter Samantha Peone joined the Journal in 2015 as research coordinator before later transitioning into a reporter role. She covers real estate and construction.

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