Canine Companions for Independence has come a long way since its founding in 1975. Originally operating out a small building in Santa Rosa, the organization maintains its’ original charter to provide freedom and independence to children, adults, and veterans with disabilities through the placement of highly skilled assistance dogs. Thanks to the support of so many that have donated time and money, Canine Companions has grown tremendously over the past 40 years to expand its mission nationwide with centers in California, Florida, New York, Ohio and Texas. In its history, Canine Companions has matched just over 6,022 dogs, and made a significant impact on the day-to-day experiences of thousands of people. In this Nordby Effect post, we interview executive director, Margaret Sluyk, on expanding the veteran program with the new training center building project.
Celebrating 40 years of business, the Nordby Companies have seen their fair share of success and turmoil. The story of Craig Nordby is a familiar story of a family business with a bright future. He leads a group of Sonoma County’s premier construction companies, as Nordby Companies CEO. The Nordby Companies includes Construction Services, Signature Homes and Wine Caves. He oversees more than $50 million in revenue and 42 employees in the greater North Bay area between the companies.
The Wine Country has seen its share of wildfires that have devastated businesses in the region. The areas’ wineries, breweries, cideries, and other businesses are looking for fire-proof building materials to prepare for future fire events. Many business owners have turned toward metal buildings. There are many advantages of metal buildings. However, there are disadvantages that need to be addressed. This Nordby Effect highlights 5 areas that need to be carefully considered when specifying a metal building project.
Topics: metal building
Since the Tubbs Fire, we've learned a lot. As builders for our community, we believe we play a critical role in helping our community to get back to the life we once knew through rebuilding efforts. We are told that this is the new norm as ravages of wildfire continue to touch just about every corner of our beloved state. With that said, we've decided it is time to provide an updated checklist for rebuilding after disaster.
On a whim, Mary Roy visited Healdsburg and Dry Creek Valley in 2011. Mary, her husband Bob Covert, and sister Nadin Roy, were owners of Midwest Center for Advanced Imaging, a successful company located in Chicago specializing in MRI and Women’s Imaging. Mary was attending a medical conference and decided to take a little detour to Sonoma’s Wine Country. Seeking an outlet for her passion for food and wine, Mary was immediately seduced by the area’s beauty and creative spirit. So, what happened next? Mary and Bob decided to become winemakers and farmers.
Topics: wine caves
Luxury homes are filled with beautiful finishes that are highly coordinated with other finishes, furnishings and the landscape exterior. Often, these finishes are expensive, bespoke, and tend to have a long lead time to procure. But specifying exotic or rare materials is not the end means to designing and building a custom, luxury building. There is a certain art and skill required to seamlessly and successfully install high-end finishes.
Established in 1963, the Oakmont Village is a well-known option for retirees looking to be surrounded by a serene mountain landscape and have access to a range of activities and amenities. In recent years, the senior community has taken steps to update its facilities. The latest effort is the modernization of the community’s East Recreation Center. Led by the community’s committee for Building Construction chairwoman, Iris Harrell, the project required a balance of managing by committee and making timely progress on design and construction activities. This Nordby Effect post covers the Modernization of East Recreation Center, a gradual step toward ensuring Oakmont Village’s continued success in being a destination for active retirees.
After selling Stagecoach in April of 2017, Jan and Bart Krupp looked to purchase a new winery and evaluated the benefits of purchasing Kitchak Cellars. One of the facility’s selling points was that it was permitted to produce more wine. Looking for a professional evaluation of the facility, they engaged Nordby Construction to offer further insight into their prospective investment. Jan says, “When I spoke with Craig, he was thorough in looking at the facility. He was not the cheapest, but customers found they could trust him.”
I had a very unique opportunity this Fall. I was asked to help facilitate the AIA Chicago’s jury review of the Redwood Empire’s AIA 2018 Design Awards as one of their Board Members. A quick Expedia booking, a 12P P.M. red-eye to Chicago, a Blue Train to the Chicago AIA Headquarters, a 6-hour deliberation followed by the Blue Train and 12 P.M. return flight to San Francisco, I had an interesting 24-hour insight to the review of what happens in AIA Design Awards review process. The following are some of the take-aways for helping submitting firms understand the thinking of a jury.
When it comes to gaining a different perspective on a home construction project, it could be said the sky’s the limit on what a UAV (aka drone) footage and provide. The number of applications for drone footage are growing. From planning to demonstration of progress, to site inspections, there are a number of applications that could save both time and money. The footage also provides a historic record for reflection and improvement on the next project. This Nordby Effect covers the areas we’ve identified to be of value for our clients and teams in our experiences with drones on home construction sites.