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John is the longest tenured employee at Essex and we love having him as a part of the team! Because of that, we wanted to learn more about his time at Essex, in addition to all the great projects he has built in our community.

We've been constructing some great projects and building strong relationships in Eugene since 1987. 

As supporters of Our Community Birth Center gathered to cut a rainbow cord — better suited than the traditional ribbon used in opening ceremonies — the light drizzle overhead turned to a steady pour.

Essex General Construction has named Bo Oswald president. He joined the company in 2015 as vice president in charge of Portland operations.

The Midtown Arts Center, at 16th Avenue and Pearl Street, is open and functional.

The seven-story mixed-use structure, called The Midtown, opened at the beginning of the year. The 128,000-square-foot development is an unusual marriage of private luxury housing development with 40 residences rising from the second through seventh floors, and nine Eugene performing arts organizations on the first floor.

Essex General Construction founder Jon Texter has stepped down as president and from day-to-day operations.

Billy Phillips has joined Essex General Construction as business development manager. He formerly was president and chief executive officer of Reynolds Electric, and before that a senior leader at Andersen Construction.

Dan Skotte has been named Essex General Construction Vice President of Operations. He will manage the firm’s project management staff and coordinate overall operations, preconstruction and project staffing plans and schedules.

Andy Patton has joined Essex General Construction as a senior project manager. He leads the firm’s special projects division in Portland; it includes sustaining work for a number of clients – high-tech and communications firms, USDA food-grade facilities, and health care and retail companies.

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.


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