The past, present, and future success of Hammerquist Casalegno is a direct result of our employees’ skills and passion put forth to fulfill our clients’ expectations on each and every project. We believe the best construction learning environment is in the field with a hands-on, practical approach to training and skill development under the mentorship of experienced professionals. Hammerquist Casalegno recognizes there are numerous options available to people interested in joining the construction trades. One of these options is carpentry, the core trade at the center of any commercial construction project. Of all the construction trades, carpentry is one of the most challenging as it requires one of the broadest skill sets including demolition; structural concrete forming, pouring, and finishing; floor, wall, and roof system framing; wood, composite, and metal siding; roofing; windows and doors; specialties; and finish carpentry. Carpenters construct the backbone, coordinate the inner details, and put many of the finishing touches on commercial building projects. Exceptional carpentry is clearly evident during construction and in the finished product. We believe it does not take great effort to produce mediocre products and service, a common result in our industry. We believe it does take great effort, dedication, and passion to be an exceptional carpenter. This is what we foster at Hammerquist Casalegno, a dedicated and continual effort to hone exceptional employees providing exceptional products and service to our clients and stakeholders our projects.
Recognizing our employees as the key to our continued success, Hammerquist Casalegno remains committed to the development of our employees. The Hammerquist Casalegno Carpenter Apprenticeship Program is a four-year program designed to attract, train, develop, and retain the best carpenters in our area. The program is fully funded by Hammerquist Casalegno, leaving no cost to the employee. The two primary elements to the program involve the core part of the program centered around hands-on learning in the field under guidance and mentorship of our superintendents, foremen, and lead carpenters. A supplemental carpentry textbook is the basis for the classroom instruction and testing portion of the program to deepen and broaden the knowledge base of our craftsmen.
By Beacon Staff
Craggy Range Bar & Grill in Whitefish reopened June 14 after an extensive remodel.
“We are excited to reveal Craggy’s new gastropub-inspired menu and interior. Hammerquist Casalegno Construction and CTA Group have helped us create an entirely new feel and design that has elevated the operational flow of the restaurant and allowed us to meet and even exceed current industry trends,” said Brad Ridgeway, Glacier Restaurany Group president.
During the renovation, an historical wall of hand-painted sign art on cinder blocks was revealed. The wall art includes local family names going back three and four generations in Whitefish, including the Goble and Sillaker families. The wall now serves as a focal point to the centrally located bar, home to a large flat screen TV which covers an old window cut-out in the center of the historical find.
In addition to the hand-painted sign art, some other unique and edgy additions are the garage-style front windows, the longest frost bar in Montana and an upgraded stage area for live music.
By CHRIS PETERSON Hungry Horse News Hagadone Corporation
The Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park has always been a grand place. But after a six-month long, $3 million renovation, the guest rooms and cabins have never looked better or been more comfortable as the lodge opened last weekend.
Xanterra Parks and Resorts in cooperation and oversight from the Park Service paid for the renovations as part of its long-term contract to run the lodges in Glacier, Xanterra general manager Marc Ducharme explained during a tour last week.
The rooms were stripped down to bare studs and rooms were completely renovated, including electrical, plumbing, heating systems paint and furnishings. The project was 60 percent planning, 40 percent production, said John and Mark Casalegno, of Hammerquist and Casalegno, general contractors for the project.
The firm spent a full month planning the project before a hammer was ever swung.
Since Xanterra won the Park concessions contract in 2014, the firm has done several projects for the company, including its headquarters in Columbia Falls, a new garage for the red bus fleet and several park properties. When all is said and done, Xanterra will have upgraded and renovated every property it operates in Glacier, Ducharme said.
By Dillon Tabish, Flathead Beacon
BIGFORK - Students, staff and community members cheered as the melody of the school's pep band echoed in the heart of the town. The renovation of the high school commenced with celebration.
"This is an effort stretching back 30 years to make this happen," Superintendent Matt Jensen told the crowd. "It's because you persevered through those efforts that we can stand here today and celebrate this."
Last week crews with Hammerquist Casalegno officially began work on the $14 million multi-year makeover of Bigfork High School. An estimated 30,000 square feet of new space will be built onto the existing building. Other spaces will be renovated and upgraded to modern safety standards. The school was able to add an additional 6,000 square feet, which will include building a multi-use room that could host community events, because of a favorable bond rate below 4 percent, Jensen said.
"We've had 30 years that this has been needed. So we're making up for lost time, but we're also trying to build something that fits the needs for 20 years down the road," Jensen said.
State-of-the-art, climate-controlled facility preserves fleet in Columbia Falls
By Justin Franz, Flathead Beacon
COLUMBIA FALLS- A few years ago, after the foliage had fallen and the Going-to-the-Sun Road was closed for the season, Glacier National Park's iconic Red Buses were mothballed for the winter in a dingy old barn in East Glacier Park.
While the old barn, built in 1919, had successfully protected the fleet of 33 "Reds" for more than 70 winters, it wasn't a perfect home for the beloved buses.
Dave Eglsaer, the man tasked with protecting the buses for the last few years, said sometimes the wind blew as hard inside as it did outside. On some occasions snow would even penetrate the cracks between the walls or under the doors, resulting in huge drifts inside the barn.
But that's not going to be a problem this winter at the new 30,000-square-foot Red Bus barn near Columbia Falls that was completed this fall by Xanterra Parks and Resorts at a cost of $2 million.
"This is the first time since the first one was built back in 1936 that the Red Buses will be stored in a climate controlled facility," said Eglsaer, Xanterra's transportation director. "It's a huge upgrade."