Real Estate & Construction

Columbia Basin College culinary school

Fundraising begins for $10 million culinary center in Kennewick

Baking lessons, a cooking curriculum, farm-to-table meals, menu planning. The ideas and enthusiasm cooked up for Columbia Basin College’s new culinary school continue to percolate as officials try to find $10 million to build the institute in Kennewick. “Students are excited about the opportunity. Since the first news story came out, students have wondered when…

Dave Retter has rebranded his company to Retter & Company Sotheby’s International Realty

Tri-City real estate leader eyes future, joins Sotheby’s

A Tri-City real estate firm is looking beyond Eastern Washington to attract customers now that the Mid-Columbia region has established an international reputation. Nearly 500 people packed the Toyota Center Charter Lounge on Nov. 1 as Windermere Real Estate Tri-Cities revealed its new brand and name to the community: Retter & Company Sotheby’s International Realty.…

WSU Tri-Cities student housing

WSU Tri-Cities student housing will look similar to Pullman campus buildings

Washington State University Tri-Cities in north Richland was originally a commuter campus. But in recent years, it’s become a destination. Of the 1,868 students enrolled at WSU Tri-Cities, many are coming from out of state. “This is not a commuter school anymore,” said Jeffrey Dennison, WSU Tri-Cities director of marketing and communications. “We’re growing out…

Columbia Basin College’s student housing project

Columbia Basin College student housing to open by fall 2017

When Rich Cummins became president of Columbia Basin College in 2008, one of his goals was to provide student housing on the Pasco campus. It’s taken some time, but the school’s first on-campus student housing unit should be ready by fall 2017. “When I interviewed for this job in 2008, I said I’d like to…

Total Site Services lands $42 million military contract

Small Richland contractor lands $42 million military contract

Lisa Chapman-Rosa has taken her small Richland company from $40,000 a year in jobs to completing nearly $22 million in projects annually. And after landing a $42 million project about a month ago, Total Site Services expects the upward trend to continue. “I have to keep pinching myself,” Chapman-Rosa said. “It is our largest contract…

Tri-Cities isn’t facing real estate bubble

By Dennis Gisi Is it really a seller’s real estate market? Yes! Why? The reason is somewhat lengthy and complicated. I am going to start with a 1999 New York Times article written by Steven H. Holmes published in the New York Times, entitled, “Fannie Mae eases credit to aid mortgage lending.” The story refers…

Ruby Tuesday seeks Tri-City franchise owner

Ruby Tuesday seeks Tri-City franchise owner

As Ruby Tuesday enters its 20th year of franchising, the national restaurant chain has renewed its focus to expand into high-value, target markets—including the Tri-Cities. Of the more than 700 restaurants around the globe, Ruby Tuesday can be found in 44 states, the majority of which are in the Southeast, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest markets.…

Preferred Freezer Services in Richland is planning a major expansion that could add 33 percent more capacity and about 30 more jobs.

Preferred Freezer Services eyes expansion

By Jeff Morrow Preferred Freezer Services opened up a monster facility in July 2015 in the north part of Richland. The $115 million building dominates the landscape, standing 120 feet tall, with 455,000 square feet of space and 313,000 square feet dedicated to automated freezer space. And it’s about to get bigger with a major…

Volm Companies Inc. broke ground on a new 90,000-square-foot building in August that’s set to be complete next spring. From left: Randy Soucie, Volm general manager for Pasco and Idaho Falls; Mike Bernatz, Volm CFO; Alan Mueller, chairman for Volm Board of Directors; Michael Hunter II, Volm COO; Daniel Mueller, Volm president and CEO; Dave Zabell, Pasco city manager; Austin Neilson, government and economic affairs director for the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Port welcomes new tenant to Pasco Processing Center

The 250-acre Pasco Processing Center will welcome a new tenant in spring 2017. Volm Companies Inc. broke ground in August on a 90,000-square-foot, $8.5 million facility in the 5700 block of Industrial Way inside the business park developed by the Port of Pasco. The company makes mesh bags and other packaging as well as packaging…

Railex Wine Services

Tenant-driven growth prompts $10 million Railex expansion

When Railex Wine Services opened a Wallula warehouse big enough to fit 11 football fields inside it three years ago, the company didn’t expect Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to dominate the majority of its space. “It’s great to have an existing customer just prompt you to expand your business and open it up to more…

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