FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Developer Names General Contractor for Lake Oswego Wizer Project
CEO/President of Oregon Lease Crutcher Lewis is Lake Oswego Resident
Portland, Oregon – May 2015. Patrick H. Kessi of PHK Development, Inc., the developer of Block 137 which also is known as the Wizer Block, announced today that employee-owned Lease Crutcher Lewis (“Lewis”) will be the general contractor on the development. Demolition of the existing Wizer building is scheduled to begin September 2015, to be followed by excavation for underground parking.
Kessi said that the Lewis team with its reputation for collaboration, innovation in energy saving methods, working with reclaimed materials and a focus on effective ways to eliminate construction waste is the perfect fit for Lake Oswego. “Lewis has built over one hundred LEED projects in the Pacific Northwest and has a reputation for award-winning, mixed-use projects,” he said.
The CEO/President of Oregon Lease Crutcher Lewis, Bart Ricketts, lives with his family in Lake Oswego and will oversee the Wizer re-development. He has spent twenty-four years in the construction industry, twenty-one of them with Lewis. Ricketts said that the execution of this particular project will be one of the highlights in his career. “I have two children in the Lake Oswego school system and a stake in this community. I look forward to delivering an exceptional project to downtown and one that I know will become another community asset.”
Mayor Kent Studebaker said that the superior team being assembled to bring this project to fruition would ensure Lake Oswego’s Code and design standards would be met. “We move forward with the high standards in design that this town is renowned for,” he said. He commented also that an Oswegan leader of the contractor team who was clearly committed to the area was a huge plus.