During our forty-five years in business we’ve built over 2,700 residential homes. That’s 2,700 families who have lived in buildings we’ve constructed. The average family has about three kids, so that’s about 7,000 kids who have grown up in homes we’ve built. Our longevity of building also means that kids who grew up in some of our early homes we built in the 1970’s bought homes of ours for themselves as they got older. A lot of that is going on today, in fact. That means that we’ve had sometimes three or four generations of families all living in homes built by Western Constructors. That’s why we say that we don’t just build homes, businesses, and commercial properties. We build communities.
We’ve also had families buy homes from us in one of our subdivisions and love our workmanship and quality so much that they’ve later bought another home of ours. People look for homes we build simply because they follow our company and want our products. Most homeowners when looking to buy a new home, upgrade, or purchase an investment property, don’t look for specific home builders. Most people search for homes based on things like location, price, age, good neighborhood, schools, and so on. But to have not just a few, but many, many families over the years continually buy homes based solely on the fact that we built that property is almost unheard of. It’s part of why we’re so happy to be back in Grand Junction, building once again. And as we’ve mentioned in other recent blog posts, we’re here to stay. We live here. Our kids live here. We’re settling down here for the long run.
Passion In Building
We care deeply about the communities in which we build. You’ve probably heard that some people go to work so they can pay their bills while others find work that fulfills their passion. We’re really in a lucky place as a company in that regard. Bruce Milyard began Western Constructors and its affiliate companies a long time ago, and he’s always been passionate about the projects he’s taken on. Over time, that company culture developed as he brought his own kids onboard with the company. Now, our company has grown to be very large commercial and residential builders, but our culture is still focused on building with passion and purpose. We never take on projects for a paycheck, only. We’re always one hundred percent engaged in the work we’re taking on so that our clients can know without a doubt that they’ve chosen the right builder for their project.
Keeping People Connected
Especially in today’s world, it’s important to have passion in the work we do. A lot of people feel out-of-touch. Younger kids today spend more time on their smart phones and on the internet than they do with the community around them. A lot of parents work extra hours to pay bills. Not just in Grand Junction, but across the country, we’ve stopped spending as much physical time together as the demands of life take hold. And unfortunately, these aren’t problems that are easily fixed.
We’re committed at Western Constructors, however, to helping our employees find passion in the work they do because work takes up a large portion of our waking hours during the week. It’s never worthwhile, in our opinion, to work only for pay. Life’s too short and its demands are too great for us not to find fulfillment in every waking minute. Plus, without passion in work, work quality diminishes, which is something we simply cannot afford in our industry.
Passion In Creating Communities
We’re also committed to doing what we can to help improve the sense of community in our world today, among all generations. We can’t fix the fact that our younger generation is heavily focused on technology, but we can build fun areas like the projects we have going up at Las Colonias for them to visit with friends and family. As Bonsai Design gets their corporate headquarters set up by butterfly lake, they’ll also install a zipline across the river. The whole development will feature things to do as families, or in friend groups, and the park there will be beautified as well. More retail shops will be built, and the development will be a large extension of the downtown/ main street area.
We also can’t solve the problem today that so many people must work long hours to pay bills. The economy has certainly seen worse times, though, and at least in Grand Junction, things seem to be continually improving. There are positive signs that families may have easier times finding high-paying employment in the future.
Creating Live-Work Spaces
But what Western Constructors is doing now to help families is building more self-contained developments. There are areas in other parts of Colorado, for example, where people can live, work, eat, and play all within a few city blocks. It doesn’t solve every problem, but it certainly saves families much-needed time together when they can get off work, walk home because their place of employment is so close, bike together to a restaurant for dinner, and play frisbee at a park that’s next door. Las Colonias and Dos Rios will become the new center of downtown Grand Junction activities within the next few years, and our townhome construction in that area will allow people to live and play in the areas where they work. Every bit of additional in-person time together for friends and families in today’s world is a big improvement.
Building Grand Junction’s Future
Our goal is to build commercial and residential projects that allow people to have a greater sense of community. From the suburbs we build, neighborhoods, commercial projects, townhomes, and mixed-use areas, we want people to feel that they belong. We’re extremely passionate about leaving Grand Junction (and every area where we build) better than when we found it. We think that Grand Junction has far more potential than probably anyone here believes. We think that Grand Junction is a highly desirable place to live and play. And we believe that our economy can be every bit as strong as the Front Range without actually becoming the Front Range.
We’re excited to bring more sense of belonging and optimism to Grand Junction by developing Las Colonias and the downtown area. We’re excited to continue doing what we’ve always done: we always have and always will build communities.
*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.