Spokane Journal of Business

Vandervert Construction cites growth, expanding markets

Total active project values surpass $60 million mark

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Vandervert Construction Inc., of Spokane, is seeing strong growth in contract revenue this year inside and outside of the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area, says Andrea Frye, a spokeswoman for the company.

Active construction projects include four hotels outside of the area with a combined value of $43 million, and numerous smaller projects closer to home valued at more than $18 million.

In all, Vandervert has $65 million in projects under contract this year and an additional $58 million in awarded contracts that will carry over into next year, Frye says.

By comparison, Vandervert logged contract revenue of $28.3 million in 2015, and $35.4 million in 2014, according to the Journal’s annual lists of leading contractors.

“We’re definitely up across the region and expanding our presence into other markets, opening satellite offices in the Tri-Cities and Bellevue,” Frye says.

Vandervert Construction specializes in general contracting and design-build construction of private commercial projects. The company, which is headquartered at 608 E. Holland, was founded by development and construction veteran Dick Vandervert in 1975 and currently has 57 full-time employees.

In its largest current projects, Vandervert started construction in July and August on four hotels, Frye says.

One hotel project, an $11.8 million, 122-unit Courtyard by Marriott, is located on the Washington State University campus in Pullman. The others are in western Washington and western Oregon.

The Pullman project involves one of the first modular hotels to be built for the Marriott chain, Frye says, adding that Vandervert is working on the project with modular building manufacturer Guerdon Enterprises LLC, of Boise.

Site work and foundation construction for the four-story, 76,000-square-foot hotel are underway in Pullman, and the modular units are being assembled in a facility in Boise, she says.

Modular construction technology combines on-site and off-site production, which will reduce construction time substantially, Frye says, adding that the project is being viewed by Marriott as a potential model for future hotel construction.

The Pullman project is scheduled to be completed in January.

The other recently started hotel projects are in Lakewood, Wash., a few miles southwest of Tacoma; in Marysville, Wash., about nine miles north of Everett; and in Beaverton, Ore., a few miles west of Portland.

The Lakewood project is an $11.8 million Townplace Suites Marriott hotel. The four story, 120-unit hotel is scheduled to be completed in April.

The Marysville project is a $9.1 million, 90-room Home2 Suites by Hilton. The five-story, 55,000-square-foot hotel, which Frye claims will be the tallest building in Marysville, is scheduled to be completed in May.

The $10.4 million Beaverton project is a 112-room Townplace Suites Marriott hotel. The 60,000-square-foot hotel is scheduled to be completed in April.

In Spokane, Vandervert recently broke ground on My Fresh Market, an $8 million supermarket project at the northwest corner of Monroe Street and Summit Parkway, in the Kendall Yards urban development.

My Fresh Market will feature a full range of grocery items, including a large selection of local and organic foods. Frye says the 25,000-square-foot store will feature a fresh deli, a bakery, and an on-tap growler station.

My Fresh Market also will have an indoor and outdoor dining mezzanine, she says.

The project, which was designed by Shoesmith Cox Architects PLLC, of Seattle, is scheduled to open next spring, in time for the annual Bloomsday events, Frye says.

In the University District, Vandervert is in the midst of a $1.3 million project to renovate a 21,000-square-foot portion of Gonzaga University’s Boone Avenue Retail Center, at 1101 N. Hamilton.

Some of that space will serve as the university’s mail center, and the rest will be occupied by the University Advancement office.

The project includes demolishing fixtures and finishes, constructing offices and conference rooms, and installing cabinets and countertops. It also includes installing a new electrical system and a redesigned heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.

ALSC Architects PS, of Spokane, is the architect on the project, and a group from the University Advancement division contributed to the design team, Frye says.

“It’s an open concept with large conference rooms, and a big entry area that can hold some smaller events,” she says, adding that the design includes private and semiprivate offices.

Joseph Poss, vice president for Gonzaga’s University Advancement, says the division plans to move into the new quarters in February.

Poss says Gonzaga studied several options for the space before deciding to move its mail services into the building and consolidate the University Advancement division there.

University Advancement has a staff of 65 people currently stationed in four locations on campus.

“We’ll be working on getting a higher level of efficiency to serve the campus and alumni and a lot of the Zag Nation,” he says.

The university already has moved its mail services to the south side of the building from the basement of the Crosby Center, which is a couple of blocks west of Hamilton Street.

“All areas around the perimeter of the parking garage will have people or offices in it,” Poss says.

In its restaurant work, Vandervert is in various stages of construction on three Sweeto Burrito restaurant projects valued at a total of $1.8 million.

The contractor recently obtained permits to construct a $600,000, 3,000-square-foot Sweeto Burrito structure, at 1423 W. Appleway Avenue, in the CrossRoads Coeur d’Alene shopping center, in northwest Coeur d’Alene.

In Spokane, construction is well under way on a 2,700-square-foot Sweeto Burrito structure on the north side of Nora Avenue, between Division and Ruby streets, where a vacant building has been razed to make room for the $1 million project.

Much farther north, construction is nearly complete on a $200,000 remodel project for a Sweeto Burrito restaurant in half of the former Shakey’s Pizza Parlor building, at 9502 N. Newport Highway, in the Northpointe Plaza shopping center.

Vandervert recently completed another $200,000 remodel project for a Nudo Ramen House restaurant in the other half of the former Shakey’s building.

Hurtado|Hissong Design Group LLC, of Spokane, designed the Sweeto Burrito and Nudo Ramen House projects.

About six blocks south of the Nora-and-Division Sweeto Burrito project, Vandervert is constructing a $756,000, 2,430-square-foot Carl’s Jr. restaurant building at 1230 N. Division, at the former site of the National Furniture store. 

The project includes a drive-thru window, on-site improvements, and improvements to an alleyway, Frye says.

The Carl’s Jr. project is scheduled to be completed before year-end.

On the West Plains, Vandervert is constructing a new Dairy Queen restaurant at the east end of the Cross Pointe Plaza, at 10198 state Route 2, in Airway Heights.

The $777,000 project includes complete interior and exterior construction of a 1,900-square-foot building with a drive-thru window, Frye says. Vandervert also will install equipment and furnishings for the restaurant.

The project is scheduled to be completed before year-end.

In another fast-food restaurant project, Vandervert is constructing tenant improvements for Mod Pizza, which plans to open a 3,000-square-foot restaurant there late this year in the Shadle Shopping Center, at 2403 W. Wellesley.

The $244,200 project includes interior buildout of dining, kitchen, and restroom areas and is scheduled to be completed in November.

On the North Side, Vandervert is constructing a 5,200-square-foot multitenant commercial building tentatively named the Hawthorne Retail Center, at the northeast corner of Hawthorne Road and Division Street.

The $874,000 project is underway at the former site of a Bruchi’s Cheesesteaks & Subs restaurant, at 10406 N. Division.

Uptic Studios Inc., of Spokane, designed the project, and marketing illustrations show potential tenants might include a bank, a coffee shop, and a restaurant.

Frye says the project is scheduled to be completed by late December.

About 60 miles north of Spokane, Vandervert is constructing resort lodging at 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort, near Chewelah. The $3 million project includes a three-unit townhouse structure, and an Alpine lodge with eight condominium units.

The living units will be the first to be built in the planned 50-acre, 190-lot Alpine Glades Subdivision in the heart of the ski area, Frye says.

Hill Architects, of Portland, and Studio Cascade Inc., of Spokane, are designing the development. Edmonton, Alberta-based Stantec Inc., which has a Spokane office, is providing engineering services.

Frye says the townhomes are scheduled to be completed in December, and the lodge is expected to be completed in February.

In North Idaho, Vandervert recently landed an $800,000 contract for an 8,000-square-foot remodel project at Miller Harvest Foods grocery store at Spirit Lake in northwest Kootenai County. The project is scheduled to be completed in January.

Also in Kootenai County, Vandervert is constructing tenant improvements for a Grabbagreen restaurant next to the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in a retail center at the northwest corner of Neider Avenue and U.S. 95, in north Coeur d’Alene.

The 2,200-square-foot restaurant will be the first in the Inland Northwest for the Phoenix-based chain.

Grabbagreen boasts healthy options for fast foods and juices, Frye says. The restaurants specialize in organic food items, antibiotic and hormone-free meats, fresh-pressed juice, and whole-food smoothies.

That $180,000 project is nearly complete, Frye says. Vandervert also constructed Grabbagreen’s multitenant building and other structures in the Super Supplements-anchored retail center a few years ago.

Mike McLean
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Deputy Editor Mike McLean has worked his entire journalism career in the Inland Northwest. Mike, who also lives to reel in fish and crank up music, has worked for the Journal since 2006.

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