Construction company builds safer spaces

Castle Phil, business time

Lori Siegesmund, left, is president and owner of SafeSpace Builders and 579 Construction, while Sue Hayes works as chief marketing officer. The company modifies spaces to accommodate people with disabilities and help older people stay in their homes. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Lori Siegesmund runs a construction company that offers a range of services from framing and insulation to drywall and specialty ceilings.

But she’s especially excited about a new service that not only further diversifies operations, but also helps customers with unique needs. “It allows people to make choices.”

As owner and president, Siegesmund oversees Grand Junction-based 579 Construction and a new division called SafeSpace Builders.

SafeSpace Builders designs and installs modifications and equipment in residential and commercial spaces to better accommodate people with disabilities and help seniors stay in their homes.

The company recently received Medicaid Contractor designation. This means he receives referrals and can bill Medicaid directly for services provided to people enrolled in the program.

Sue Hayes, director of marketing for SafeSpace Builders, says the operation is both a business and a necessary public service. “I see it as giving back to our community.”

Siegesmund launched 579 Construction nearly three years ago as a new iteration of TP Acoustics, a company his late grandfather, Howard Perry, operated for 25 years. While this company installed acoustic ceilings, it also provided other construction services.

Siegesmund worked with his grandfather for nearly 12 years, handling everything from accounting and payroll to estimating and project management.

Today, 579 Construction operates divisions for commercial framing, thermal and moisture protection, and installation and finishing of commercial drywall and acoustical and specialty ceilings.

Operating out of the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction, 579 Construction works on a variety of projects throughout Colorado. The company employs 27 people.

SafeSpace Builders will serve western Colorado, Siegesmund said, sending crews to various locations to handle multiple projects.

These projects start with a free assessment to determine what is needed – whether it’s a complete remodel; renovations in a bathroom or kitchen; or the installation of ramps, lifts and other devices. The company also works with physicians, physiotherapists and other healthcare providers to tailor services to their patients.

Changes are often made to bathrooms and kitchens to make them more accessible and safer to use, says Siegesmund. This could include barrier-free showers and grab bars in bathrooms as well as lower cabinets and pull-out shelves in kitchens to accommodate wheelchair users. Elevators and ramps are also popular additions, she says.

Siegesmund says it’s important that his teams remain responsive to customers and their needs. “It’s definitely a more sensitive type of work.”

After a project, the teams offer training on the use of new features and equipment to ensure that customers know how to use them safely.

The projects make a difference in the lives of clients, say Siegesmund and Hayes.

Hayes, she knows firsthand the benefits of the modifications because of how they helped her mother deal with the effects of a neurological condition.

Hayes who instilled in him a passion for helping others facing similar challenges. Prior to joining SafeSpace, she was the director of a non-profit organization providing mobility assistance to people living with physical disabilities.

Modifications and specialized equipment can help people stay safely in their homes for as long as possible, avoiding the expense associated with skilled care, Hayes says.

Siegesmund says she hopes to open a showroom in Grand Junction to display the various ramps, lifts and other equipment that can improve accessibility.

But for now, she says she’s excited about the new services that will help customers with unique needs.

Hayes agrees. “It’s a lot of excitement. The community has really embraced what we do.

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