Fisher’s A&E Team Lends a Hand Developing Trail System at Animal Shelter

It is said a person has two hands.  The first for helping themselves, the second for helping others.

And every few months, Fisher’s Architectural and Engineering team lends their hands to help others.  Last week, the team contributed another great effort. In this case, they performed work on behalf of the NOAH Center (Northwest Organization for Animal Help) in Stanwood, WA – helping those with cold noses, warm hearts, expressive eyes, and busy little paws.

Armed with shovels, rakes, pitchforks and wheelbarrows, the A&E team met early Thursday morning and promptly began distributing bark chips across a developing trail system which the no-kill animal shelter is expanding for both volunteer and public dog walkers.

While the section worked on was only half a mile in length, personally-worn fitness devices revealed the number of cart loads dispersed across the trail system translated into 8 – 12 miles of walking by every team member – all while negotiating moderate hills, curves, and heavy wheelbarrows pushing through damp land.

Every team member took turns pitchforking the chips into wheelbarrows, walking the loads across the trail system, and spreading the chips.  And all non-canine panting was performed through Covid-19 masks!

This hard work was promptly rewarded as various dogs were walked along the trail as the team toiled.  Gratitude was given in cuddles, smiles, wagging tails, and whole-hearted enthusiasm for an enhanced walking experience.

The Fisher team is proud to have performed this service – and would like to thank the NOAH Center for allowing us this opportunity, and Kemp West for supplying the chips on behalf of the NOAH Center.

What’s Cookin’ at Fisher? We’re Serving Up Favorites Made with Our Client’s Products

It isn’t a secret. We’re big fans of the foods (and beverages) our clients produce. With the first holiday of summer coming up, we challenged our employees to to send recipes and pictures of their culinary specialties using our clients’ products. Be careful… you’ll be hungry after checking out the recipes on our customer’s websites. Get started with some of our team’s favorites highlighted below. Did someone say bacon flavored ice cream?

  • Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Orange Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Cheesy Sausage and Cranberry Pinwheels
  • Copper River Seafoods Smoked Salmon Dip
  • Skillet Berry Cobbler
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Classic Poutine with McCain Superfries
  • Breakfast Ham Casserole
  • Litehouse... Anything Litehouse
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  • Maple Bacon Ice Cream

Fisher Moves Forward with New Office Building in Vancouver

Fisher Construction Group recently announced crews have began construction on a new office in Vancouver, Washington. The project is located at 3200 NW 38th Circle in the Port of Vancouver.

When complete, the new office and shop will replace the company’s current offices in Hazel Dell. The Port sold the 2.28 acres in Centennial Industrial Park to Fisher Construction Group in 2019. Since opening an office in Vancouver in 2018, Fisher Construction Group has grown operations in Vancouver to 35+ employees with the expectation that 75 site and field employees will be working out of the Vancouver office five years from now.

“A new office in the Vancouver area has been in the planning stages for the last year and a half. We are pleased to seize this window of opportunity to keep our crews busy and expand our vision for operations in Vancouver,” says Dan Powers, President and CEO of Fisher Construction Group.

As one of the Pacific Northwest’s first design-build firms, Fisher’s in-house architectural team designed the 12,400 sf two-story office building. Showcasing construction techniques and materials often used on Fisher projects, the steel-frame building will be clad with insulated metal panels and feature concrete panel accents. The new office and shop are expected to be completed in early 2021.

Fisher’s home office is in Burlington, Washington. The company also has an office in Spokane, Washington. Incorporated in the State of Washington since 1979, Fisher has completed projects across the US and Canada, with currently active projects in Alaska, Georgia, Virginia, California, and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Construction Underway on CenterPoint Landing at Oakland Seaport

Fisher’s CenterPoint Landing project at the Port of Oakland is well underway since the final permit was approved in mid-July. Over the last year, Fisher’s construction team has been actively engaged in stabilizing and preparing the 27-acre site which was the former Oakland Army Base, decommissioned and turned over to the Port of Oakland 15 years ago.

When completed in 2020, the Class A industrial facility will have 466,437 sq. ft. of tenant space with 148 truck docks. The site for the concrete tilt-up building was prepared by using deep dynamic compaction and wick drains in conjunction with a 16’ surcharge or preload to settle the dynamic soils found throughout the property. The CenterPoint Landing at Oakland Seaport Project will seek USGBC LEED Silver Certification for the building shell.

As the general contractor, Fisher Construction Group is managing all on site activities from site prep and utilities through final commissioning. Fisher also manages the Port of Oakland’s MAPLA program (Maritime and Aviation Project Labor Agreement) which ensures subcontractors comply with the social justice program and local hiring goals of the Port of Oakland. The workforce will be made up of 37 different subcontractors working in 13 trades, and putting in approximately 60,000 hours constructing the building shell.

CenterPoint Landing will be the cornerstone development in the Port’s commitment to cargo transportation and logistics. Fisher Construction Group’s successful project with Lineage Logistics CoolPort, also in the Port of Oakland, lead to the project with CenterPoint.

Fisher’s Paine Field Terminal Voted Best Regional Airport in the World

The recently  opened Paine Field passenger terminal continues to win awards. Most recently it was voted best regional airport by Monocle Magazine’s Top 50 Travel Awards.

The 30,000 sf passenger terminal owned by Propeller Airports and built by Fisher Construction Group is the first privately owned airport built in the US. Designed and built to bring civility back to air travel, the regional terminal opened in April with direct hop flights to 8 cities in the West.

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Fisher’s NewCold Project Wins Multiple AGC Awards

Fisher Construction Group earned the Associated General Contractors’s Build Washington Grand Award for Construction Excellence for their work on the NewCold Advanced Logistics. The project also won top honors in the Private Building: 50M – 100M and Innovation Excellence catagories.

“AGC of Washington’s annual Build Washington Awards event recognized the chapter’s top individual and company performances in construction and safety excellence, innovation, community service and diversity over the past year, with a gala awards event held May 16 at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.”

“Congratulations to our award recipients and thank you to our members who participated in our 2019 Build Washington Awards competition,” said AGC 2019 president Paul Mayo of Flatiron West. ‘It is satisfying to celebrate so many member teams for their concrete achievements in safety, quality, innovation and delivery excellence. Our industry accomplishments are truly inspiring.'”
Construction Excellence category judges included Anne Timmermans, Paramatrix; John Schaufelberger, UW College of Built Environments; Marco Foster, WSDOT; Joseph Gildner, Sound Transit; J. Mark D’Amato, DCI Engineers; Ben Minnick, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce; Warren Plugge, Central Washington University, and Dave Kearby, AGC of Washington.

Read more about AGC’s Build Washington Awards >

The project is NewCold’s first cold storage facility in the United States and only the second low-oxygen, fully-automated freezer in the country. It serves multiple customers and delivers safe, sustainable, traceable, cold chain solutions that are designed for end-to-end efficiency and value. More >


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Fisher Wins 2018 Built by the Best Award

Arlington, Virginia, November 26, 2018 – Fisher Construction Group was named the winner of the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA) Built by the Best Award for their project with NewCold in Tacoma, Washington, U.S. The award was given on November 8, 2018 during a general session at the 38TH CEBA Conference & Expo, hosted by the Controlled Environment Building Association, a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).

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The project is NewCold’s first cold storage facility in the United States and only the second low-oxygen, high-bay freezer in the country. It serves multiple customers and delivers safe, sustainable, traceable, cold chain solutions that are designed for end-to-end efficiency and value.

“We are very excited to have our first facility in the U.S. recognized for its innovation and complexity,” said Jonas Swarttouw, U.S. Country Manager, NewCold. “Fisher was fantastic to work with along the way. They approached the project with a great amount of expertise and enthusiasm to explore the latest technology and building trends that would help make our facility one of the best in the country.”

The 2018 winning project, NewCold Tacoma, features a state-of-the-art freezer system and a strictly controlled system, where oxygen is reduced to 16.5% saturation. It will allow for efficient customer service, with time from receipt of product to storage under 20 minutes. Picking of a product to loading will be done in the same amount of time – which is nearly three times the efficiency of a normal cold storage facility. NewCold Tacoma is one of the largest in the United States, containing 103,000 pallet positions.

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“The Fisher team is ecstatic to bring home our second Built by the Best Award – especially for such a complex and challenging project.” said Josh Currie, Senior Project Manager, Fisher Construction Group. “This was an incredible experience with credit due to the entire team involved, from Fisher’s Design Team, Management and Support Staff and to all of the subcontractors, vendors and consultants who supported us!”

Thirteen (13) additional CEBA members participated on the 2018 winning project, including:

  • All Weather Insulated Panels
  • Rite-Hite Corporation
  • Twintec USA
  • SubZero Constructors, Inc.
  • Owens Corning Foamular
  • Enviro Cold Storage Doors
  • Fastener Systems, Inc.
  • Honeywell
  • Ricker Thermline
  • Shadco, Inc.
  • Victaulic
  • Metzger/McGuire
  • Logix Refrigeration Controls
  • EVAPCO, Inc.

Fisher, NewCold and McCain Celebrate Steel Top Off

Fisher Construction Group, NewCold and McCain Foods joined with many, many fans of Idaho economic development to celebrate the Steel Topping Off of NewCold’s second US cold storage. The event celebrated the topping off of the low-bay which will house the cold dock, the pick floor and the offices.

NewCold, the deep-frozen storage and logistics specialist based in The Netherlands, announced it will open this fully mechanized facility in the Spring of 2019. The state-of-the-art freezer facility is a joint design effort and construction built by NewCold and Fisher Construction Group. Once open, NewCold will be one of the largest frozen storage facilities of its kind in the US, bringing an estimated 75 jobs to the Burley area.

“It’s great to welcome NewCold to the Idaho business community and ‘top off’ their state-of-the-art cold storage facility in Burley,” said Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. “It provides us with a chance to celebrate innovation and collaboration that begins with NewCold’s tremendous investment in Idaho’s food-processing supply chain. It figures to add significant value and opportunity to Idaho’s world-class food processors in a competitive global marketplace.”

The 180,000 square foot, fully automated building will serve the logistics needs in the Northwestern US region for McCain Foods USA Inc, a division of McCain Foods Limited, the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen French fries and potato specialties. McCain maintains 11 manufacturing facilities in the USA, including its Burley, Idaho plant, where a $200 million processing plant expansion is currently underway, which is due for completion in the fall of this year, increasing employment at the facility by 180, taking the total number of employees to near 600.

“We are proud to partner with innovative companies like NewCold as we expand our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Burley to meet our growing demand for McCain products,” said Dale McCarthy, Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain, North America. “McCain’s commitment to strong, longstanding partnerships with growers, companies and the communities in which we operate, is key to our success and will continue as we expand our business.”

The cold storage facility currently being constructed uses leading-edge technology, including automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) to automatically move and store products in the ‘dark’ high-bay warehouse. Operators direct equipment using advanced software systems, while products are kept in optimal conditions with all cold storage areas cooled to sub-zero temperatures.  NewCold offers a highly consistent level of logistic service.  And above all, NewCold offers a more energy-efficient and better food safety alternative compared to conventional cold storage solutions.

NewCold developed this style of storage automation in their European operations for faster and more efficient storage and shipping options.  This is NewCold’s second U.S. facility, with the first facility based in Tacoma, Washington, which opened in early 2018.

According to NewCold’s Vice Chairman, David Richardson, “NewCold’s further expansion into the important US market is a vital step for our organization. We are very proud to advance the quality of food storage in the US by offering an integrated warehousing solution to our customers. The privilege to partner with McCain, a world leader, is an honor. NewCold offers solutions to cover the cold chain from production to distribution. We plan, design, build, own, and operate the cold storage facilities with our own people and our own proprietary warehouse management system, CORAX.  NewCold believes in automation for sustainable cost and environmental benefits, but our ultimate focus is industry leading customer service.”

“Fisher is pleased to continue our partnership with NewCold in constructing the facility in Burley, Newcold’s second in North America,” says Dan Powers, President, and CEO of Fisher Construction Group. “Companies across America are very interested in the cold storage solution which Newcold offers customers. The unique construction techniques and the highly automated technologies make this, along with the Tacoma (WA) facility, the way of the future. Fisher Construction Group is pleased to work with both Newcold and their storage partners to design and build this leading-edge project in the heart of Idaho.”

Fisher’s Highly Anticipated Paine Field Terminal Gets Lots of Press

Just type ‘Paine Field Terminal’ in google and take your pick of news stories featuring Fisher’s Paine Field Terminal Project in South Everett. While eliminating a trip through Seattle traffic might have been enough of a draw, Propeller Airports, the owner, envisions a distinctly personalized experience for North Sound travelers.

Check out these videos — so pleased to be the General Contractor of this game-changing project.



Johanna Beverage Selects Fisher Construction Group to Build New Refrigerated Storage Facility in Spokane

Spokane, WA, February 13, 2018:  Johanna Beverage announced today they will break ground on a new refrigerated warehouse at their Spokane facility early this spring.  Fisher Construction Group has been selected as the general contractor and will lead the project located on West Thorpe Road.

Designed by Cooper Architects of Bellevue, Washington, the 37,300 sf facility will be used to store and stage Johanna’s refrigerated products for distribution throughout the western United States. Drawing on Fisher Construction Group’s expertise in cold storage and food processing facilities, the new refrigerated warehouse will maintain products between 34-38° F. The building will be constructed of steel-frame and clad with insulated metal panels for maximum energy efficiency and food safety. The new facility is expected to be operational by year end of 2018.

The Johanna Beverage Company located in Spokane Washington was established in 2007 and is part of a larger manufacturing group, Johanna Companies headquartered in Flemington, New Jersey.

Robert A. Facchina, President and CEO of Johanna Companies says “We could not be more pleased to work with the Fisher Construction Group to expand our operations in Spokane. Their experience as a builder of food-safe environments for processing and storing is exactly what we were looking for.”

Corey Anderson, Vice President of Fisher Construction Group, who heads the company’s Spokane office, has stated that “Fisher is excited to partner with Johanna Beverage on this facility. As Johanna Foods grows their processing operation in the Pacific Northwest, we are pleased to team with them to make it a reality.”

Business advocate, and CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated, Todd Mielke, is similarly enthusiastic for the venture and claims “Greater Spokane Incorporated is proud to have worked with Johanna Beverage on previous expansions of their Spokane facility.  The company continues to invest in equipment and processes which enhance their product lines and market expansion – as well as add to the growth of the local economy.”