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Expanding Veteran Program with New Training Center Building for Canine Companions

Posted by Tony Simmons on Jan 23, 2020 3:30:00 PM

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.

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Topics: training center, Canine Companions

Craig Nordby leads the Nordby Companies Into a New Era

Posted by Tony Simmons on Dec 24, 2019 1:15:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Nordby

5 Areas to Consider When Specifying Metal Building Construction

Posted by Tony Simmons on Dec 19, 2019 3:45:00 PM

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.

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Topics: metal building

Modernizing Oakmont’s East Recreation Center for An Active Senior Community

Posted by Tony Simmons on Jul 2, 2019 3:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: senior community, compliance, recreation center, modernization

Nordby Reconfigures Krupp Brothers Winery For Performance

Posted by Tony Simmons on May 9, 2019 3:35:00 PM

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.” 

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Topics: due diligence, winery

Table Talk: Building Great Places to Wine and Dine

Posted by Tony Simmons on Oct 4, 2018 3:00:00 PM

After a long day of construction in California’s wine country, it’s not hard to find a great place to eat, drink, and decompress.  If you want to check out a world-class winery or the next best restaurant, you’ll find these places are within immediate reach.  It's also interesting to note that many wineries are pairing their wines with their own farm-to-fork menus. In this Nordby Effect, we take a moment to highlight our project sampling of places to wine and dine throughout the state. Enjoy!

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Topics: restaurant, tenant improvement

Hold on to your tees! Country Club Life Takes Another Round

Posted by Tony Simmons on Sep 20, 2018 3:00:00 PM

The traditional country club is having a hard time attracting a younger demographic. In a 2014 study commissioned by the National Club Association found that in the 1990s, there more than 5,000 full-service golf and country clubs.  In 2010, there around 4,100. Today, this number has dipped below 4000.  In this same study, membership was down by 20 percent. As a result of this downward trajectory, many clubs have decided to mix things up to attract younger members.

As builders, we’ve witnessed this trend.  Many of area’s country clubs are going through a refresh, offering non-golf amenities like gyms, personal trainers, and yoga classes. A lot of these clubs offer events and culinary experiences where members can socialize and gain a sense of community. It is interesting to see this shift taking place.  This Nordby Effect highlights the projects where we’ve played an active role in refreshing country club environments to address a new generation of members, and create more of a family destination.

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Topics: country club, clubhouse

Satisfying the Next Generation at Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club

Posted by Tony Simmons on Apr 19, 2018 3:30:00 PM

When you think of country clubs, what comes to mind?  Are you thinking of how your parents or grandparents would spend their leisure time? For most of us, this is the case.  Unfortunately, the country clubs of days past do not really appeal to today’s business person. While there is interest in going to private country clubs, the next generation members are looking for an environment that better addresses their needs.

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Topics: construction services, country club

Brown Estate Tasting Room, An Urban Wine Oasis in Downtown Napa

Posted by Tony Simmons on Jan 11, 2018 2:35:00 PM

If you’ve visited the Brown Estate Winery, you know that it is a worthwhile trek. Unfortunately, the winery’s remote location does not make it easily accessible to all visitors. Very aware of the situation, the Brown Estate Winery did not want to turn anyone away and found the best way to solve the problem was to provide a more centralized Napa destination to offer wine tastings as well as a more convenient location for patrons, visitors and employees. This Nordby Effect post discusses the new Brown Estate Tasting Room, an urban wine oasis located in downtown Napa.

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Topics: construction services, wineries, tenant improvement, historic building, tasting room

A True Tale About the Brass Rabbit Tenant Improvement

Posted by Tony Simmons on Oct 6, 2017 9:11:33 AM

When it comes to restaurant design and construction projects, it’s not Shane McAnelly’s first rodeo. As the executive chef of Chalkboard in Healdsburg, Shane has a good sense of what is required to design and build restaurant spaces. With the prospect of opening another local restaurant on the horizon, Shane was very hands-on throughout all project phases of Brass Rabbit. 

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Topics: restaurant, tenant improvement, seismic retrofit, historic building