As the new year begins and new goals are set, follow the direction of SCJ Senior Project Manager Mike Neer and plan ahead – way ahead.
Mike has been working for years with Chehalis Tribal Enterprises (CTE) to assist in the development of their vision for a set of properties purchased in and around Grand Mound, Wash. The first phase of the project, an 88-room Fairfield by Marriott, is under construction now on what is called the Eagle One property.
“The long-range vision was laid out first, and we’ve worked backward from there,” Mike said. “From the utility infrastructure and stormwater standpoint to transportation and site planning, every improvement was designed with the ultimate goal in mind. Establishing these critical components in the beginning will create a streamlined process for the rest of the project, saving time, resources and money.”
SCJ team members, including Mike, have completed site planning and design for the stormwater system and utility infrastructure, worked with local municipalities, secured permits and negotiated the civil requirements with local officials.
Greg Byler of Gregor G. Blyer Associates is providing construction and development management services for CTE. “I’ve worked with Mike for several months preparing civil engineering design and construction documents for [the] hotel project,” shared Greg with confidence.
“I consider him to be a highly skilled and competent professional, having carried out his tasks and responsibilities with the utmost care and competence,” he said.
“Project management starts with project planning,” Mike said. “The development of this hotel is a great example of knowing where you’re going before you hit the road.”
The CTE Crossroads at Grand Mound website highlights a critical first step in the planning process: location. “Midway between the robust cities of Seattle and Portland lies Grand Mound, the gateway to Washington’s Pacific Ocean beaches and the perfect stopover on I-5. It’s located at the intersection of I-5, US Highway 12, and Old Highway 99, all main arteries of Washington state.”
“Grand Mound is a logical destination for travel in the area,” Mike agreed. “Laying the groundwork for more than just the hotel is a smart move, and I look forward to seeing the plans become reality.”