Seattle Apartment Construction In Klamath Falls

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, August 26 2013 at 3:35 PM, Updated: Mon, August 26 2013 at 3:45 PM

A housing boom in downtown Seattle is providing an economic boost in Klamath Falls...

49 of these apartment units are being built by 'One Build' just across from the Klamath Falls Airport.

John Mick of One Build explains...

"The project that we have here is going to ultimately be a 7 1/2 story building in downtown Seattle."

The finished units, complete with appliances, are then stacked like building blocks...

Mick notes that can save a lot of time over standard construction, and cause fewer delays and less congestion in a downtown metro area...

"From a time to completion, we can cut months off of a project."

The workers say the wood frame apartments are a blend of traditional carpentry, and manufacturing.

Panel Shop worker Jon Putman commented on the pride the employees take in their work...

"And when you do see the final product out there, you do say, 'Wow - I did build something' - It's not a manufactured home."

One build employs about 50 people in Klamath Falls, and also provides additional work for local subcontractors.

One Build's John Mick adds that success of the project in Seattle could translate to even more jobs...

"You get a lot of notoriety, a lot of recognition and then you have more customers coming to you looking to do the same thing."

We asked Jon Putman if this is the wave of the housing future...

"Honestly, I think it is."

Workers plan to begin installing the apartments in late September.

That installation is expected to take about two weekends.

Applications are already being taken for the new apartments.

Rent will range from about $1200 a month for a small studio, to $2000 a month for a 700 square foot loft.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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