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Ausland Group construction company to open Ashland office

Firm is working on 4 major projects here
 Posted: 2:00 AM September 10, 2012

With a clutch of jobs in progress and an optimistic outlook for work to come, Medford-based Ausland Group this month will open a third location in Ashland.

The office, at 130 A St., will serve as a home base for Ausland Group in Ashland, a meeting space for its clients, and will be staffed a couple days each week, said Kelsy Ausland, president and principle engineer at Ausland Group.

"We've had a growing amount of work in Ashland ... and really enjoy working in this community," Ausland said. "There is a lot of work happening on this end of the valley."

Ausland crews are simultaneously working to finish four major projects in Ashland.

Recently, Ausland's initial ground work on the Ashland Police station expansion started, while another crew is putting the finishing touches on Caldera Brewery's new headquarters on the south end of town.

A complete overhaul of Churchill Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus also is nearly finished, and Ausland workers are in the process of replacing Ashland Fire and Rescue's Fire Station No. 2, which should be completed by December.

"Our style and approach seems to be resonating with folks in Ashland," Ausland said. "We work really hard developing alternative options, creative solutions "… and finding value to be passed on to the client."

In addition to its Medford headquarters, Ausland works out of an office in Grants Pass. Its Ashland location will be up and running within a few weeks, Ausland said.

Ausland said private industry is opening back up to capital improvement projects in Southern Oregon, most of which came to a grinding stop during the onset of the Great Recession.

"Everyone is still cautious to move forward, which isn't a bad thing. In many cases that is the right decision," she said. "We are seeing an increase in interest from private clients."

Ausland Group, started as Ausland-Dodson Engineering and Surveying in 1947, has a history in Ashland.

Among many other standing and in-use facilities throughout Southern Oregon, the contractor built the Lithia Park Band Shell in 1948 and the original Bellview Elementary School building a year later.

Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-499-1470 or email swheeler@dailytidings.com.


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