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Summer 2021 Newsletter

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Hamstra Continues Longtime Partnership with Save A Lot Grocery Stores

The Hamstra Group recently renovated the Hammond, Indiana Save A Lot, a grocery store that the Hamstra team restored 20 years ago. The project was completed in the Fall of 2020 and included both interior and exterior improvements. The interior remodel consisted of painting walls, installing new coolers, freezers and ceiling tiles, and replacing the old linoleum, revealing the
store’s original concrete floors.

Save A Lot co-owners Tony Parker met Greg Hamstra nearly 30 years ago and resonated with “the principles that Greg’s company stood for and kept.” Parker and his business partner Todd Hinson hired the Hamstra Group to construct their first Save A Lot location—a partnership that has since involved the construction or renovation of 11 retail buildings.

Hinson explains that the Hamstra team “made it very easy to navigate the various challenges during the project. From start to finish, they kept close communication with all parties from the  subcontractors to the team at the store level.” Organization and communication were key to ensuring this project’s success…

Spring 2021 Newsletter

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New Accommodations Underway At Sandy Pines Golf Club

The Hamstra Group is bringing five-star accommodations to Sandy Pines Golf Club in DeMotte, Indiana. Located at 10527 Bunker Drive, Sandy Pines offers one of the best 18-hole golf courses in
Northwest Indiana. Soon, the club will be able to offer overnight accommodations for their golf and wedding guests.

The Cottages at Sandy Pines are brand new, four bedroom, four bathroom cottages and are positioned along hole #9, across from the club’s driving range. The construction of two cottages is planned for Summer 2021 and two more cottages are slated for Spring 2022. These four-bedroom cottages provide a centralized living room, kitchenette, and outdoor patio for guests to gather and unwind.

This central space is winged by four private bedrooms, providing guests a quiet place to retreat. Each suite is equipped with its own private bathroom with generous vanity space and walk-in showers…

Fall 2020 Newsletter

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Got Milk? Robotic Dairy and Visitor Center Comes to Fair Oaks, IN

When you reach for that carton of milk in your refrigerator, do you know where it comes from? The Hamstra Group recently completed a state-of-the-art robotic dairy and visitor center in Fair Oaks, Indiana. This 116,000-squarefoot facility houses Fair Oaks Farms’ entire robotic milking line, which is visible to those in the attached 6,000-square-foot visitor center. This bio-secure center, sponsored by De Laval, gives visitors full visual access to the cows’ routines, whether they’re in the robots or roaming in the relaxation and feed lane.

The farm has twelve V300 De Laval robotic milkers, the most advanced iteration, allowing up to 75 cows to be milked per robot. Fair Oaks’ unique cow management system allows for the cows to choose when to be milked—or when to simply relax and eat. The facility features roof coverings from WeCover that provide ample natural light throughout. The ventilation system is also very specific for this dairy farm.

Through extensive analytics, Fair Oaks is able to provide the best living environment for the cows, all while studying feeding patterns, milk quality, and production. What the farm has found is their dairy cows are peaking higher in their milk production cycle by 5-7% and they’re also experiencing a 33% reduction in farm labor…

Winter 2020 Newsletter

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Hamstra’s In-House Design Team Helps Our Clients Save Time And Money

Hamstra’s in-house design staff has a diverse construction and design background that allow us to better meet the needs of our clients. By primarily utilizing the designbuild method of construction, The Hamstra Group helps our clients save time and money on their construction projects, no matter their size or complexity. Three members of our design team are integral in providing our clients with the best customer service and end results.

Scott Hazlett, ALA, a project architect at Hamstra, has been a licensed architect since 1997, and holds licenses in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. In 2015, Scott began serving as the Vice President of the Indiana Chapter of the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA). He started his career as a draftsman in 1993 and worked with various architectural firms throughout Northwest Indiana before joining the Hamstra team. His
extensive background in all aspects of building design include site design, structural system layouts, and building utility systems (plumbing, mechanical, and electrical).

Design Coordinator Rick Eenigenburg joined The Hamstra Group more than 30 years ago as a draftsman after graduating from Purdue University. He specializes in retail design and agricultural facilities. Rick is also well-versed in site septic systems, especially for locations that are unable to access public waste systems.

Betty Lamp, Hamstra’s architectural designer and illustrator, joined our team as a draftsman 15 years ago. She specializes in retail design and religious facilities. Betty also has an extensive background in interior design and finishes…

Fall 2019 Newsletter

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Integrated Planning And Delivery For New VA Outpatient Clinic

When you’ve been in business for more than 50 years as The Hamstra Group has, you have the opportunity to learn a thing or two from the work you have performed in the past. That’s how our design-build team feels about the recently-completed Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Chico, California.

The new CBOC replaced the VA Northern California Health Care System’s older center at 280 Cohasset Road, which included three less-efficient buildings. The $43 million facility, located in Meriam Park, is twice the size of the former facility and provides active duty service members, veterans and their families in the Chico area with a more efficient, integrated system of patient care.

Apart from all of the services being housed under one roof, efficiencies are achieved through the implementation of the VA’s PACT, or Patient Aligned Care Team—a new space module design program. The PACT represents a significant change in the VA’s approach to care for our nation’s veterans…

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Summer 2019 Newsletter

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New Primary Care Facility for Wheatfield's Porter Physician Group

The Hamstra Group team has completed extensive renovations for Porter Physician Group’s new primary care office at School Crossing Marketplace at 3988 West SR 10 in Wheatfield, Indiana. With more than 65 dedicated providers specializing in family medicine, internal medicine, urology, general surgery, pulmonary-critical care medicine, hematology-oncology, otolaryngology and cardiovascular medicine, Porter Physician Group’s goal is to meet the needs of patients throughout its six-county service area.

The design-build project included completely gutting the interior of the building and demolishing a large portion of the exterior. The building had previously been utilized as a restaurant and a funeral home and was, at one point, divided into a multi-tenant shopping center.

Converting an aging segmented building into a modern medical facility was especially challenging. The Hamstra team began by completing new framing and finishes both inside and outside of the structure. New electrical, plumbing and HVAC were also installed. The facility includes a spacious lobby and reception area, 11 exam rooms, a large medical lab, two offices for staff members, two nursing stations, and a break room. The medical office also includes a large x-ray room, which required the installation of leadlined drywall and a leaded glass viewing window…

Spring 2019 Newsletter

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New Chrysler Dealership for Fieldhouse Motors

Hamstra Group, Inc. recently completed a new Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership for Fieldhouse Ford, a mainstay in the DeMotte area for more than 50 years. Owner Ron Fieldhouse approached our team to construct the 17,000-square-foot showroom and service facility. Our team also partnered with Ron in 1987 to construct his original Ford dealership building, returning in 2016 to modernize that facility.

“[Chrysler] contacted us to see if we were interested. We just had an opportunity,” said Jay Fieldhouse, who described the existence of a “hole in the map” since the closest Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealerships are in Cedar Lake and Highland. “It’s unusual for us as a Ford dealership. It’s a big move for us to take on. It was a big decision.” Now, Fieldhouse can provide local buyers more choices when it comes to purchasing a new vehicle.

The project presented its fair share of challenges. Located at 1420 South Halleck Street in DeMotte, Indiana, the dealership sits on a busy commercial thoroughfare. Managing material deliveries
and construction, all while ensuring the safety and comfort of Fieldhouse Motors customers was of utmost importance…

Winter 2019 Newsletter

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New KFC Design is Eye-Poppin' Good

Hamstra at Helm for Nine New Remodels

At today’s fast food restaurants, not only does the food come fast, but continuous improvement efforts also elicit frequent store design changes.

The Hamstra Group has a ringside seat for KFC’s latest remodel. Our company was hired to handle the remodel of nine KFC stores in northwest Indiana for Crown Point-based TR Foods, Inc. Restaurants in Demotte, Griffith, Hessville, and Schererville have been completed. After the holidays, stores in Crown Point, Hammond, Lowell, Merrillville, and Munster will get an interior makeover, with exterior work slated for spring.

The interior and exterior remodel is part of a full brand overhaul that includes everything from advertising to store design. It’s a cost-effective retrofit program that refreshes the brand environment, creating a bold and modern design that appeals to today’s customers while paying homage to the legacy of Colonel Sanders, the restaurant’s founder…

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