Construction update |

Construction update

New headquarters for BP Landscapes, a Nevada County-owned landscaping business that employs 45 people, is slated to be completed by Aug. 1, said co-owner Pieter Rossi.

Work on the 22,400-square-foot building at 420 Sierra College Drive began in September 2005, said builder Keoni Allen of Sierra Foothills Construction Company. Currently, framing of the structure is being done and all of the underground utilities are already in. The irrigation is also now being installed.

“It is going to be a very, very nice building,” Allen said.

Office space for BP Landscapes will occupy 4,200 square feet of the building, with 1,800 square feet of warehouse room. However, Rossi said most of the building will be available for lease and his company is currently looking for tenants. So far, ERA Cornerstone Realty and Scope Landscape Management are two firms with plans to move, he said.

BP Landscape was founded 17 years ago by Rossi and Robert Zucca and the company presently occupies a building on Sutton Way. Rossi said limited space in that building forced them to find a larger headquarters.

“It is really just a space issue. We had to share a conference room; having staff meetings was difficult there. We had to do it off-site,” he said.

“I think it is significant that one of our local successful businesses is expanding. It means more growth, more opportunities, and they are dedicating some space for other businesses to grow into,” Allen said.

The total cost of the project is nearly $4 million, including land.

– Brittany Retherford

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