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The site of a former mortuary will soon have an afterlife: affordable housing.

Well you've come to the right place.

Four years ago, the Rev. Mark Bentz and the members of St. Alice Catholic Church in Springfield realized they had a big problem.

“We were in a crisis both financially and spiritually,” said Bentz, who has served as pastor at St. Alice since 2016.

Membership was down, the parish was shortstaffed, and the church facilities had a lot of deferred maintenance.

Essex participated in the groundbreaking for Lane County’s new 26,000-SF Developmental Disabilities Services Facility.

The new building will be a welcoming and easy to navigate facility which will serve some of the most vulnerable people in our community. 

Essex General Construction really came through for us, knocking out wall segments faster than we could have possibly done on our own, and going out of their way to help with all kinds of extras along the way. They’ve been instrumental in the pursuit of a plan for replacing the shower trailer at the Reboot Station (a challenge that we continue to wrestle with—April showers would be so welcome, but that may be faster than even we can move).

Our Community Birth Center Finds a New Home in Springfield a Year and a Half after PeaceHealth Closure. Essex will help Our Community Birth Center move into their new space.

The Oregon Department of Forestry and the non-profit organization Oregon Community Trees (OCT) have announced this year's Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Award honorees. They are:

Essex General Construction, with offices in Eugene and Lake Oswego Grants Pass Urban Forester Tony Mecum Wilsonville City Councilor Charlotte Lehan Eugene Urban Forestry Management Analyst Scott Altenhoff nominated Essex because, "Their company's commitment to doing the right thing and going the extra-mile for trees and green infrastructure is truly exceptional."

Jeffrey Commons was awarded the Overall Winner for SIPA Magazine's Building Excellence Awards for the Affordable Housing Classic Winner.

When visitors, students, and performers walk through the doors of the new Midtown Arts Center for the first time next month, they’ll see big bright studios, convenient dressing rooms, large video screens, and a host of other amenities. Yet it’s what they won’t see that makes the seven-story building at 16th Avenue and Pearl streets in Eugene unique.

Building plans and floor plans are one thing — and to the credit of The Midtown mixed-used project development team in Eugene, there are a lot of these plans, both for the builders and contractors working on its arts-focused commercial arm and for those working on its 40 luxury residential condominiums.

When it's not safe for homeless people to gather in shelters to escape the cold, other solutions are needed. 

The recent tragedy in Minneapolis reminds us that our communities are scarred and in need of healing. The construction industry has a responsibility to respond in a productive way by demonstrating that it provides opportunities for everyone to advance, prosper and succeed. Now more than ever it is important that construction sites and offices across the country be welcoming and inclusive places to work. In that light, we urge our construction industry partners to take the Culture of CARE pledge and work with us to continue building an industry that is diverse, safe, welcoming, and inclusive for all. 

Josh Bernard, Jon Mattheisen and David Ramirez have recently been promoted.

The Overland will feature 219 apartments, 6,000 square feet of office space for tallest structure in the Tigard Triangle.

Essex is a proud sponsor of the Play Your Part Auction to be held on August 21st from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

Learn more about how FOOD for Lane County is managing during COVID-19

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Essex's own Jon Mattheisen, who leads our concrete division, has been elected to the board of the Eugene Builders Exchange.

A new building is rising in the skyline of Midtown Eugene, and it will bring a home for a number of local arts organizations, as well as other residents.

Essex partners with Sponsors Inc. once again to provide more housing solutions to support people striving to be contributing members of our community. Learn more about the new Jeffrey Commons.

Abby's Legendary Pizza in Newberg undergoing  renovation.

We've got so many talented design professionals in our community. Here's some of the great work they've submitted this year.

As I look to the future, I have no immediate plans to retire. I enjoy the work I do and the people I work with. Construction is a great industry, and I’m very happy that I found Essex and my family here! Let’s continue to build stuff together!!

Tell me about your history working for Essex General Construction.

My career at Essex began 19 years ago when I was hired as a receptionist/administrative assistant. I was the first-person people saw when they visited our office and the first person they spoke to when they called. There were no direct dial numbers back then.

I’ve worked at Essex for 18 years but have worked with Essex’s President Jon Texter on and off since 1976. 

Let's do two good things at once.

A local public transit advocacy group passed out awards this week for transportation improvements in Eugene and Springfield.

Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation (BEST) gave the inaugural “BESTies” awards to PeaceHealth Rides, Springfield’s Mill Race Path project, and Eugene’s Amazon Corner.

In Oregon’s education budget, school arts programs get the short shrift. To make this up—districts must rely on community-based support to ensure students receive at least some arts education.

Oro apartment building opening in May with a golden theme, small rooms and lots of space for work from homers to rub elbows.


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