"I have no doubt that your company's success comes from your honesty, trustworthiness and hard work."
- Bill Tsoukalas Executive Director
Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County
GAFFNEY'S "TEAM APPROACH" LEADS TO SUCCESS
Snohomish County Business Journal
By Kimberly Hilden
SCBJ Assistant Editor
“We’re very efficient — our approach is a team approach. We get our subcontractors on board early on, both from a price standpoint and addressing any issues they might (see),”said Jim Gaffney, president and founder of Gaffney Construction Inc. With him are brother Pete and son Joe, who are project managers and estimators for the company.
Gaffney Construction Inc. seems to be everywhere at once. In recent months, the Everett-based general contractor’s signature red, white and blue banner has shown up at the Monroe Boys & Girls Club, at the newly built Bartell Drugs in Silver Lake and at the First Baptist Church of Everett, where construction is under way on a multimillion-dollar Community Outreach Center.
“We probably always have 10 jobs going,”said Jim Gaffney, president and founder of the 32-year-old commercial contractor. “We might do a job that’s $500 for a customer; we might do another that’s $5 million.”
While the company’s geographic footprint extends from Stanwood to Lynnwood, the majority of its work is done right in its own hometown, and 90 percent comes from satisfied customers and their referrals, he said.
Customers such as Dwayne Lane’s Family of Auto Centers, which has used Gaffney Construction for remodeling and building projects since 1987, including construction of glass showcase gazebos at the auto dealer’s Chrysler Jeep center as well as its Dodge store. In a 2002 letter of recommendation for the company, Dwayne Lane’s chief executive, Tom Lane, cited Gaffney’s ability to provide quality work, meet construction deadlines and offer competitive pricing.
“I would not hesitate to recommend Gaffney Construction for any project and look forward to utilizing their company again in the future,”Lane concluded. Those sentiments are echoed by other customers, from the leaders of nonprofit organizations and churches to health-care professionals whose medical and office buildings Gaffney Construction has built over the years
The reason for customer satisfaction is simple: In an industry known for missed deadlines and mounting change orders, Gaffney Construction always finishes on time, with nine out of 10 jobs finished under budget.
“We’re very efficient — our approach is a team approach. We get our subcontractors on board early on, both from a price standpoint and addressing any issues they might (see),”said Gaffney, whose company has developed close ties to its regular subcontractors.
The team approach extends to the project’s owner and architect, he said, which is key when trying to manage costs in an environment of fluctuating material pricing and gas surcharges. That meticulous regard for a project’s bottom line is a benefit for any client, but especially so for nonprofit organizations that rely on Gaffney Construction to work within a tight capital budget that doesn’t allow for costly surprises during the building phase. The Assistance League of Everett, St. Vincent de Paul and the Snohomish County Boys & Girls Clubs are among the many nonprofit groups that have benefited from the contractor’s cost- conscience attitude.In a 1999 letter to Gaffney, Boys & Girls Clubs Executive Director Bill Tsoukalas wrote, “It seems that you can stretch a dollar farther, without sacrificing quality, than any other company. ... I have no doubt that your company’s success comes from your honesty, trustworthiness and hard work.”
Helping Gaffney fulfill customers’needs is a staff of 15 full-time employees, with brother Pete and son Joe working as project managers and estimators. All three grew up in the construction industry, with Jim and Pete’s father, John Gaffney, having owned a paint and drywall businessand Joe, a graduate of Central Washington University’s construction management program, having cleaned up at his dad’s job sites during high school. “We all grew up in that; we came through the ranks, cleaning up construction debris to where we are today,”Jim Gaffney said. Together, the three often work 10- to 12-hour days, meeting daily to discuss project issues and meeting weekly for luncheons with their project superintendents.But the company isn’t all work and no play. Every Thursday evening, Gaffney Construction employees and subcontractors get together for golf. The company also holds a golf tournament in August, an annual event Joe put together while he was still in school.
As for the future of Gaffney Construction, Jim Gaffney is content
with his company’s place in the market: a commercial contractor
completing a wide range of projects close to home, from restoring
the Historic Everett Theatre to constructing office buildings and
“We found a niche that we’re real comfortable with,”he said.
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BALL FIELD NAMED AFTER GAFFNEYS
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County and the City of Everett Parks and Recreation Department recently dedicated Gaffney Field in honor of Jim Gaffney, owner of Gaffney Construction, and Tom Gaffney, who sits on Everett Mutual Banks Board, for their commitment to the Club, and their involvement in youth baseball. The field was made possible through a unique collaboration of organizations, including Everett Mutual Bank Foundation, who gave a $75,000 grant to the Club for a ball park for kids. The Boys and Girls Club already had the field, but the field had drainage problems and other maintenance issues. The money went to fix up the park and the City of Everett Parks Department agreed to contract with the club to do ongoing maintenance for the improved park in exchange for using the park too.
Location: 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., Camano Island
Owner/developer: Jeff Erickson
Project team: Gaffney Construction, general contractor; Lundeen Simonson, DKS and Backstrom Curb & Sidewalk, concrete contractors; Dykeman, architect; RB Engineering, structural engineer; Smokey Point Concrete, ready-mix supplier
The project is a retail village that will include nine buildings when fully developed. The buildings surround a courtyard of concrete pavers and landscaping designed for outdoor seating and pedestrian activities.
Concrete was left exposed on some interior walls as a design element. Concrete floors were stained and polished.
Each building was individually designed for the tenant. Architectural concrete was one of the project’s primary materials, being used for both design and structural purposes.
Two pedestrian gateways feed into the courtyard. Concrete columns, heavy timber trellis elements and a steel grid for tenant signs were used in the courtyard to create a sense of enclosure for the space. The concrete finish is natural and is intended to weather along with the wood and steel.
Concrete was used on the foundations and slabs of the buildings, many of which have 3-foot-tall exposed concrete stem walls that were board-formed with cedar planks. Several buildings have stained concrete floors.
Concrete was used in the site’s 120-stall parking lot: 4 inches thick in traffic areas and 6 inches in truck delivery areas. It was selected over asphalt due to its low maintenance and low environmental impact. Sand-set concrete pavers were used in the parking area to help retain rainwater.
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At Camano Commons, a courtyard is encircled with
concrete steps and brick pavers.
ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF EVERETT
Scuttlebutt Brewing Co.
Opens at the Port of Everett's Waterfront Center to Record Crowds!
Everett, Wash. - On April 15, Scuttlebutt Brewing Co. opened at the Port of Everett's new Waterfront Center and drew record crowds.
The popular waterfront restaurant and brewery now located at 1205 Craftsman Way, almost doubled its best day volume at its previous location off West Marine View Drive, Scuttlebutt Co-owner Phil Bannan said.
"We are really happy to be in our new location, and would like to thank Gaffney Construction and all the others that worked so hard to meet our opening deadline," Bannan said. "With our new location, we nearly tripled our staffing to approximately 40 employees. We will have the same food and the same prices for the most part. We are adding some special dinner meals such as salmon, halibut and prime rib."
The Port signed a six-year lease with multiple options with Scuttlebutt in August 2010 for 5,560-square-foot space. This doubles the room for customers, creates more kitchen space and adds a full service bar. The expanded bar also increases the number of Scuttlebutt beer on tap from eight to 12.
Scuttlebutt is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
"Waterfront Center was a perfect site for Scuttlebutt," Director of Properties Steve Hager said. "The building was designed to meet the needs of the boating community, yet also provide an outlet for non-boaters to come down have a meal and enjoy a walk around the waterfront – Scuttlebutt provides for both."
Scuttlebutt has been a tenant of the Port of Everett since its company started in 1996. Its former location is part of an environmental cleanup and the building, along with the other abandoned structures will be removed in 2012 as part of the cleanup effort. The area is part of the Port's waterfront revitalization effort.
Public Affairs Administrator
Port of Everett
First building rises at Mill Creek Village
By Kurt Batdorf, The Herald Business Journal
MILL CREEK -- It took eight years for Shannon O'Kelley and Jeff Pratt's partnership to
complete their new offices, but Integrated Rehabilitation Group and the law offices of
Marsh Mundorf Pratt Sullivan + McKenzie are now moving into the Gateway Building on
132nd Street SE.
It's the first new commercial building to rise in Mill Creek's new East Gateway
Urban Village zone.
O'Kelley and Pratt have been friends for 27 years, since O'Kelley opened a physical
therapy office in Mill Creek and joined the local Rotary Club, where he met Pratt and
eventually became his client. O'Kelley created IRG in 1997, and he now runs 31 outpatient
physical and hand therapy clinics in Western Washington, Spokane and Orofino, Idaho.
O'Kelley and Pratt's friendship grew with their businesses in Mill Creek. That led to talk of building their own office, and in 2005 they bought a vacant 3.4-acre lot on 132nd Street SE, across from Archbishop Murphy High School, and started evaluating its development potential.
But with property values at the time soaring, Pratt said developing their land for a commercial office "didn't pencil out." The numbers instead pointed to retail. Pratt and O'Kelley said they had two different buyers under contract, but those deals fizzled before the economy tanked in 2008.
In something of a silver lining, Pratt said the recession reduced the value of the property to where it once again made sense for O'Kelley and him to dust off their building plans.
They started working with the City of Mill Creek, which had annexed their property a few months after their purchase in 2005. After a comprehensive land-use review, the city designated the annexed area the East Gateway Urban Village with an eye toward mixed retail, office and high-density residential uses that would meld with the surrounding homes that sit south of 132nd Street SE.
After the city approved O'Kelley and Pratt's building plans, they had to wait for the post-recession credit market to thaw. Mountain Pacific Bank of Everett backed their loan, and they broke ground on the Gateway Building in August 2012.
Pratt and his partners and staff settled into their 5,000 square feet of second-story space in early June. O'Kelley expects his first-floor, 3,000-square-foot IRG clinic to open later this month along with IRG's administrative offices, which will occupy about 4,500 square feet on the second floor.
The Gateway Building features energy-conserving elements of buildings certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, such as motion-activated lights, but not enough to earn one of the several levels of LEED certification. Property acquisition and construction costs stand at $5.2 million, O'Kelley said.
"We're excited to be part of this southeast community," he said during a tour.
The Gateway Building has 24 covered tenant parking spaces in the basement and about 24,000 square feet of floor space on the two stories above. About 8,500 square feet is available to other tenants.
"I'm confident we'll get it leased out," O'Kelley said.
He's excited about the Gateway Building's location on 132nd Street SE and his newest clinic's daily exposure to thousands of passing drivers. He believes it's well positioned, sitting halfway between I-5 to the west and Highway 9 to the east, with several schools and hundreds of residences nearby.
While Pratt said he has represented many real-estate developers before, he got to experience their frustration himself "as a first-timer." But he said Mill Creek city officials were helpful, as were other parties in the development.
Pratt and O'Kelley also credited their contractor, Gaffney Construction of Everett.
"It's been a good process," Pratt said. "Gaffney's been excellent to work with."
Kurt Batdorf: 425-339-3102; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eat, Drink & Be Merry
at the 2012 Festival of Trees
Jim & Jan Gaffney chair this year’s joyful affair
Over the years, both Jim and Jan Gaffney have put their mark on the Everett Community. Their dedication to Providence and other local nonprofits has distinguished them as key leaders in the community. This year they continue their leadership service as chairs for the 2012 Festival of Trees.
Both natives of the Everett area, Jim and Jan are well-known faces in the community. Jim spends most of his time running Gaffney Construction, an Everett-based company he founded nearly 40 years ago building it into one of the area’s premier construction companies. Jan has been involved with the Providence hospital and hospice boards for more than 30 years, following the path of her mother, who was also largely involved in the hospital board. Jim and Jan participated in the Campaign for the Women & Children’s Pavilion and, most recently, The Campaign for Providence.
With their passion for Providence and the Everett Community, stepping up to Chair this year’s Festival of Trees was a natural for the couple.
“This year we wanted to add an extra joyful twist to Festival.” Jan says. “The last few years have been so difficult with the economy; I wanted people to feel sense of joy and happiness when they walked into the room.”
With that in mind, the theme “Be Merry” was born. This year guests will enjoy a lively and festive atmosphere filled with bright reds, whites and fun patterns.
How Festival Funding Brings Joy
Jan recently visited Camp Prov, a beneficiary of funds from Festival of Trees. Camp Prov provides a fun, therapeutic summer camp experience for children with developmental delays who would otherwise not be able to attend typical summer camps. Jan was overwhelmed by amount of families on the waiting list for the unique summer camp that serves more than 300 children
and their families each year.
“The need is great,” Jan says. “We hear about the needs across the nation, but this is right here in our community. This is a local need. We need to step up to the plate as a community to keep this very special program going. I am honored to help in this way.”
Over the years, Festival of Trees has raised millions of dollars to fund programs like Camp Prov that help bring joy and healing to area children and families. To learn more about Festival of Trees and ways you can contribute, visit ProvidenceGeneralFoundation.org
Shannon O'Kelley, president of Integrated Rehabilitation Group, stands outside the new Gateway Building on 132nd Street SE in Mill Creek. It's the first commercial building to open in the East Gateway Urban Village zone.
EVERETT — It's a dream playhouse for any kid.
And a lot of grownups, too.
The miniature building contains two rooms with brightly colored walls connected by a ship's ladder. Sliding plexiglass doors open on hot days to create a cross breeze with windows in the back. It's fully wired with low-voltage lights.
And it came complete with a green roof and a planter box out front, art hanging on the walls and a bean bag, tiny table and other furnishings.
Builder Jim Gaffney constructed the playhouse for a charity auction for Housing Hope, the local nonprofit that aims to combat homelessness.
For a month, Gaffney spent every weekend and every night working in his shop on the project.
Maybe he should have just written a check.
“It probably would have been easier, but it wouldn't have been as much fun,” Gaffney said. “It about wore me out, but I really did enjoy it.”
Gaffney, whose firm Gaffney Construction has been building homes and commercial properties in Snohomish County for 40 years, was one of three contractors to make playhouses for the auction.
His playhouse designed by architect Tom Rochon with Designs Northwest in Stanwood won the People's Choice Award at Sorticulture last month.
And it impressed the Housing Hope folks.
“Oh my gosh, I was breathless,” said Kelsey Dosen, Housing Hope's special events and marketing manager. “It was so much more than we had imagined or could have imagined.”
She said it attracted a lot of attention at the festival at Legion Memorial Park in early June.
“A lot of the parents wanted this for themselves,” Dosen said. “You know, put a little wine bar in there and have a good time.”
The playhouse, called the Mod Pod, fetched $10,500 at the auction on June 7. In all, Housing Hope raised $38,700 from the playhouses and the sale of bird and dog houses built by a several community groups including inmates from the Monroe Correctional Center.
This was the first time the nonprofit had asked builders to construct playhouses.
From the start, Gaffney wanted to do something different. He approached Rochon, who wanted to design a playhouse with a modern, fresh look.
“If we're going to do it, we're going to do something fun,” Rochon said. “That was the approach we took.”
Rochon also wanted it to be environmentally sustainable. So he designed it with a green roof and a rain barrel on the side that could collect up to five gallons of water for the plants.
Part of the challenge was the parameters set by Housing Hope. The playhouse was supposed to be 6 feet wide by 8 feet long and 10 feet high. It also needed to be assembled and disassembled in the winner's yard, able to fit through a 3-foot gate.
“I tell people I worked for five minutes and then I had to think for 10,” Gaffney said.
During construction, Gaffney added fun details from the 123 house numbers by the door to the rock climbing handles on the side. For the floor, he used oak plywood, but stained it and routed grooves in it to make it look like hardwood flooring.
Gaffney got help from a retired employee, John DeGroot, and his son, Joe Gaffney. As it took shape, Joe Gaffney's four children, ages 5 to 12, fell in love with the playhouse.
“All my kids wanted to keep it,” Joe Gaffney said. “They wanted their Papa to build one for them. It was good to explain to them what we were building it for.”
Gaffney's wife, Jan, and Joe's wife, Ashley, helped pick out the color scheme and went shopping for furniture and decorations.
“My wife got carried away with the furniture,” Jim Gaffney said.
The couple who won the auction have a beach house on Camano Island designed by Designs Northwest. They live in Woodinville and wanted the playhouse, because it reminds them of the beach house.
“Actually the people who bought this don't have any young kids,” Gaffney said. “They have a grandchild that's about 6 months old.”
That'll be a happy grandchild.
For a worthy cause
Housing Hope auctioned off three donated playhouses last month. The Western Store was designed by S.M. Stemper Architects in Seattle and built by Western Ventures Construction in Mountlake Terrace. The Triangle House was built and designed by Dykeman, Inc. in Everett. The Mod Pod was designed by Designs Northwest Architects of Stanwood and built by Gaffney Construction in Everett.
Several businesses donated supplies for the Mod Pod: Glass By Lund; Expert Drywall; Evergreen State Heat & AC; Snohomish County Excavating; Hatloes Carpet One Floor & Home; Loberg Roofing; Preferred Electric; Industrial Welding Services; and CrystaLite.
Half a dozen employees from Gaffney Construction donated their time to deliver and assemble the playhouse in Woodinville.
Everett builder makes dream playhouse for Housing Hope
By Jim Davis
Herald Business Journal Editor