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Who’s building what in Kitsap: A short list

Fuel station/shop under construction for Port Madison EnterprisesThree or four years ago, doing a commercial construction roundup was a challenging job — there was a crane almost at every corner. Now, the challenge is on the other end of the spectrum: There is not a lot of hammering being heard on streets around Kitsap.

Builders polled by the Business Journal all said the same thing. There are various tenant improvements projects happening more or less behind the scenes, but new projects are few and far between. Many are publicly funded, government projects.

“There’s always something being built somewhere but there’s not a lot going on,” said Brian Dempsey with Bainbridge-based Fairbank Construction Co. “We’re pretty fortunate to still employ 50 to 60 people. It’s a tough building economy.”

Fairbank’s current projects include a new faith education center for St. Cecilia Catholic Church on the island. It’s also done several medical/dental office remodels in the past year and is currently remodeling other professional offices. Several projects are being prepared now as well for construction next year.

Also on Bainbridge, construction will start this fall on a project known as the Island Gateway off Highway 305 and Winslow. Comprised of eight buildings total, it will include ground retail plus office space and house two museums including the KiDiMu, which is part of phase 1.

Marty Sievertson of PHC Construction based on the island said the entire project is expected to be complete by 2011 and include an underground parking garage. The children’s museum, currently located on Madison Avenue, will be 5,000 square feet and break ground this fall. The rest of the buildings will range from 5,000 to 15,000 square feet and are planned as two- to four-story.

PHC is also building a new arts and administrative building for the Northwest College of Art in Poulsbo. The 4,000 square-foot building will be completed by the end of the year.

Drury Construction is busy with various remodeling projects, including a Poulsbo church, General Dynamics’ facility in Keyport, two elementary schools for the Central Kitsap School District. “The lending on private projects has tightened so we are seeing a lot of publicly funded projects and a lot of remodeling,” said Rick Cadwell, one of the company’s principals.

In Poulsbo, the new city hall under construction is on track and on schedule, according to Mayor Kathryn Quade. The 30,000-square foot building is currently having one of the foundations poured. The schedule calls for an August-September 2010 completion but the builder, JTM Construction of Seattle, may finish as early as May. The building will co-locate some county services as well and include an underground parking garage with 75 stalls.

In Port Orchard, Tim Ryan Construction is doing site development on Bethel Road for two buildings, one of which will be occupied by Land Title and the other (7,000 square feet) will be available for purchase. Site development should be completed in September and the building design is in the works.

TRC is also halfway done with a tenant improvement project inside the newly opened second wing of Harrison Medical Center in Port Orchard, working on about 6,000 square feet of medical office space.

Other TRC projects under way are a fuel station/shop for Port Madison Enterprises off Highway 305 in Poulsbo that will be finished in January and renovation of the 11,000-square-foot Distributed Management Facility in Bremerton.

“The pendulum has swung toward restorations and remodels,” said Daniel Ryan, president of Tim Ryan Construction.

Remodeling is the name of the game for Bremerton-based FPH construction as well. The builder is working on several major tenant improvement projects, including the renovation of the 42,000-square-foot Peninsula Community Health Services building for the Peninsula Cancer Center and a major remodel/addition of its own building, the former health department site, which will house Kitsap Tennant Support Services and FPH, among others. Mike Brown, owner of FPH, says pace has picked up in the last couple of months, and the company already has half-dozen projects lined up for next year that are in the planning stages now.

In Gig Harbor, construction is in full swing on a new assisted living facility called The Lodge at Mallard’s Landing, a 134,000-square-foot facility with 100 apartments and 24 cottages. The facility is advertised to open next spring.

Also in Gig Harbor, Rush Construction is building a couple of smaller buildings: a 2,400-square-foot chiropractor office due to be completed in September and a 2,100-square-foot retail showroom that will be finished in October.

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