Case Studies

The Hunt for a Home A flourishing healthcare organization, AllCare was at capacity in its four buildings, and desperately needed a campus of its own to serve its customers and call home.  Ausland set a plan in motion to deliver on their wishes to stay local, have ample capacity for growth, and be highly accessible to the people they serve. 360 Degree Advocacy at Work After helping AllCare cultivate and define its vision, Ausland vetted development opportunities and assisted with land purchases.  Ausland then lead various design and regulatory approval activities, such as, development of site plans, topography, variances, zone change, traffic studies, utility and site design, building design, permitting, procurement, construction, and occupancy. Here to Stay The site for AllCare’s flagship building has now become the cornerstone of a growing medical campus.

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Ausland Group was retained for the Design/Build re-purposing of the historic Eugene Planing Mill into an Event Center for Rick Wright, owner of the Market of Choice grocery store chain. The Quick Step Built in 1943, the historic building – at various times a planing mill, a gym and a church – needed a major face lift with a short turnaround time. Ausland was given 90 days to complete the interior demolition of the existing 20,000 SF of building and then rebuild it.  Occupancy had to be secured in time to host the 2015 “Shall We Dance” annual fundraiser event for the owners of the non-profit Angel Hair Foundation and 500 guests. Night Moves During construction, there were several consecutive days when the lights never went dark. Ausland coordinated 24-hour work schedules – with over 30 subcontractors – to meet the strict delivery date. A Final Bow The in-house team…

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Homegrown and ready to Grow Jim Mills started Caldera Brewing Company in 1996, a homegrown Ashland-based business. Just over a decade later, his success had grown beyond the confines of the 6,000 square foot brewery on Clover Lane and Caldera Tap House on Water Street in downtown Ashland. Demand was up and he needed to greatly increase his brewing capacity. Adding Value In High Spirits Jim had a vision for a new home for his award-winning beer, complete with plans, land and City approvals. After he had asked multiple contractors for bids, it was clear the cost of the new facility was greater than anticipated. This is when Ausland’s team of creative design and construction professionals stepped in. Good Budgeting Make Good Beer Ausland’s value-engineering team found savings of over $350,000 by creative re-design of the parking lot, retaining walls, and alternative approaches to meeting building code. Ausland helped the…

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Southern Oregon University’s first building, 86 year old Churchill Hall needed complex seismic and architectural renovation. While keeping the historic face of the building, an entirely new skeleton and frame was needed to make it less susceptible to earthquake damage. It Came in Through the Back Window Originally, the 450,000 pounds of steel for the building was to be installed by tearing off the roof and placing each beam with a sky crane. Ausland’s team of installers envisioned a plan to funnel the nearly half million pounds of steel through one of the existing 3′ x 5′ windows, eliminating the cost and risks of the roof removal and crane. Creativity Saves Half a Million Dollars Through these creative means and others, Ausland completed the project two months early and with significant cost savings.

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The liability A 100-year-old historic, but condemned, school building sat empty for ten years in Applegate, Oregon. Unable to occupy its former school and lacking funds to build a new one, Applegate School had to use makeshift modular units for its students. The possibility Aaron Ausland found a way to bring the building back to life. Drawing from their strong history of relationships with funding organizations, Ausland Group was acquainted with a grantor capable of funding the needed seismic renovation. Together with Kara Olmo, owner of Wooldridge Creek Winery in the Applegate Valley, they wrote the grant.  Ausland provided all of the complex technical details – including engineering solutions and benefit-cost analyses.  Kara wrote the needs analysis for the school. The rest is history. A Limitless Future The construction project is underway and soon the  kids in Applegate, Oregon will have their historic school building open for classes.

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A local businessman owned a vacant, historically significant building.  Following years of watching the building sit idle, his staff contacted Ausland Group to discover a meaningful use of the property for the betterment of the community. After consideration of options, a decision was made to donate the property to a nonprofit organization.  The perfect recipient was found in Jefferson Public Radio’s JPR Foundation.  JPR jumped at the opportunity to relocate all of their operations to the heart of Medford. Ausland Group is serving as program/construction manager leading the design, regulatory approval, and construction effort. WIN-WIN Upon the project’s completion: Jefferson Public Radio will have all of its operations housed in an impressive LEED-Certified, historic, building, reaping the benefits of matching donations equivalent to the value of the initial donation, to kick-start their capital campaign.  The City of Medford will proudly display a significant asset – an occupied and restored building…

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A Mission in Need When the Gospel Rescue Mission asked Ausland Group to take over its stalled, multi-million dollar capital improvement project, it was riddled with complex construction constraints and problematic design elements.  Ausland addressed all challenges in the first phase and creatively modified the design and materials to reduce the budget by 25 percent. A Campaign in Perseverance Phase two presented even larger challenges:  a depressed economy affected fundraising goals and threatened permit expirations; structural design deficiencies were revealed; and insufficient heating and ventilation designs were discovered. Aaron and Kelsy Ausland become personally involved in the Mission’s capital campaign effort, making presentations and successfully lobbying for permit extensions. To accommodate funding availability, they created phasing opportunities for the re-design and construction. Answered Prayers Eleven years of prayer later, the Gospel Rescue Mission‘s multi-building campus dream is a reality.

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Owners of a Best Western Hotel in Medford, Oregon, knew they needed to take action as soon as they saw the $80 million I-5 south interchange plan.  The hotel was located adjacent to the project. With major street improvements and right-of-way takings occurring on both sides of the hotel, the management knew if they did nothing, they would lose significant business during and after construction. Fortunately, they called Ausland Group early in the project to evaluate and resolve the impact. First Ausland proactively studied all of the proposed challenges involving right-of-way takings, altered access, pedestrian bridge, and new roads that would wrap around both sides of the property. Next Ausland initiated a multi-phased improvement plan to make sure the hotel remained as vibrant as possible during and after construction. Result Business loss during construction was minimized and the construction project that once threatened the long-term viability of the hotel was…

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