The Punchlist

A roundup of local construction progress

Leader news staff
Posted 7/10/19

Curious readers see dirt being moved, concrete poured, steel erected and lumber shaped into livable spaces and they want to know more.

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The Punchlist

A roundup of local construction progress


Curious readers see dirt being moved, concrete poured, steel erected and lumber shaped into livable spaces and they want to know more.

On job sites, a punchlist collects all the details that must be tended before the contractor can hand over the keys. Our punchlist runs down the details you’d like to know about new construction in Jefferson County, including major watercraft.

As our employer, you’re in charge, so feel free to email photos (nice large images, please) and questions to us for The Punchlist and we’ll do what we can to satisfy:

The metal warehouse just north of the roundabout on Sims Way

The big metal building between Metro Bagels and All City Auto Body and Towing is the latest business venture from Ken and Jane Kelly, owners of Vintage Hardware and Lighting.

Aura Design is slated to open at 1900 W. Sims Way by the end of this summer, with an 11,000-square-foot manufacturing floor and 9,800 square feet for mezzanine storage.

Vern Howard is acting as the general contractor for the facility, which will serve as a designer of customer exit signs, a storage space and a light fabrication center for custom lighting and hardware.

New self-storage just north of the SR 19/20 intersection

All that land-clearing and grading on the south side of SR 20 just north of U-Haul Moving & Storage is making way for two 120’ x 80’ buildings that will hold 80 self-storage units each, according to permit applications. Permits have also been filed for an on-site manager’s home and office.

Efforts to reach the owners were unsuccessful, but a heavy equipment operators and county records indicate Bradley Hoover, an Idaho businessman, is part of the group that bought the 8.67-acre site for $450,000 on August 15, 2018 from the Roy and Minnie Fox Trust. Hoover is president of Sound Storage, which operates storage units at Glen Cove and in Port Townsend, where manager Crickett Webster is active in local organizations.

“Spaceship” on Cosgrove completed

The house on the southside of Morgan Hill next to Sather park, often described as looking like a spaceship or alternately the Flying Nun hat, has been completed. The modern home was designed by Portland-based architect Robert Oshatz for owners Samuel and Berry Shoen. Construction was managed by Eli Semke of Don Tankersley Construction. Oshatz studied with Frank Lloyd Wright and has built houses all over the U.S. The Shoens bought the property in 2012 for $405,000 and today, with the house in place, it is appraised at $2.8 million.

88-foot sailboat nearing completion at Boat Haven

With the help of members of the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op and other local contractors, a Michigan man is nearing completion of an 88-foot carbon fiber sailboat.

The boat is his fourth project, according to Rick Linzell, the owner’s representative. The boat, called T4, was designed by Jim Donovan with help from Bruce Nelson.

This boat is a racer/cruiser with yacht fit and finish below, combined with high tech racing rigging above deck.

All the wood for the interior was provided by Edensaw, and the boat will have lightweight lithium ion batteries for ships services and hydraulics when the generator is not running.

The boat has been under construction for several years, Linzell said. Work began in Anacortes and after moving to a few other shipyards, the owner and crew ended up in Port Townsend to enlist the expertise of local shipwrights to finish the project.

While 80 percent of the project is complete, the last 20 percent is the hardest part, Linzell said. This includes some finish interior work, electronics, and commissioning the HVAC, electrical, hydraulics and rudders installation. Then finally, the mast and standing rigging.

Linzell said it is hard to say when the project will be complete, but they are hoping to finish up in several months.


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