Spates Construction Inc. is a family business that was started in 1974 by Frank and Jeannette Spates.
In 2001, they turned the reigns over to their son Grant, who is the sole proprietor. For the past 46 years, Spates Construction has concentrated on commercial construction. They build schools, churches, office buildings, retail stores, manufacturing plants and recreational centers. While specializing in all of these various forms of construction, Spates prides itself on working closely with owners and architects with professionalism, constructive suggestions, integrity and candor.
Grant started working for the company in 1975. With long time employees Mark Lewis (34 yrs) and Jody Alix (35 yrs), make up their core of construction superintendents. They all share a common past having graduated from North Country Union High School and beginning their careers at Spates. They started as laborers, became carpenters and evolved into job superintendents.
Earlier this year they lost a dedicated superintendent, Glenn Bonin, who worked for the company for 38 years. Glenn’s passion was hunting. The same eye for detail that he had on the jobsite helped him with his hunting pursuits as well. Some of Glenn’s most notable projects throughout the years were the State Office Building in Springfield, VT, Southern VT Recreation Center, also in Springfield, VT, Bemis Block In Hardwick, VT, Craftsbury Outdoor Center, along with the Craftsbury Cabins, new dorms for Circus Smirkus in Greensboro, VT, new post office in Derby, VT, a new storage building for Green Mountain Power in Lowell, VT, a new storage building for the Newport Airport, and renovations to Parkview apartments in Newport, VT.
Robert "Oscar" Thayer (32 yrs.) and Amy Hilliker work the office with Grant. They are responsible for purchasing, payroll, construction management, subcontracts, job costing, billing, and insurance processes. These are all administrative tasks necessary to keep projects moving in the right direction.
With this seasoned team of supers and administrators, Spates offers construction management, design-build, computer-aided drafting and estimating services. They, also, have the in-house knowledge and resources to help customers through the mire of various permitting processes. They can obtain Act 250, Labor & Industry and local permits for their clients’ projects; a big plus when it comes to preparing for a multitude of differing projects.
With the strength of their core management team, and leadership from experienced carpenters, Spates is able to hire additional carpenters and laborers needed during the peak of the construction season.
Spates Construction, in 2015 won its third 5x5x5 Growth Award to accompany their 2007 & 2011 awards. It was as exciting as it was challenging to manage. Often times, rapid, unmanaged growth can take a company under. This successfully managed growth could only be achieved by having an experienced and dedicated team in place. The philosophy is to challenge the team, then acknowledge and reward them. For, as much as bricks and mortar outline a building, it’s the people that define a company.
Along with Spates traditional construction services are their dealership offerings from Star Building Systems. They have been a Star Buildings dealership since 1975. As well as doing great wood work, the Spates crews are experienced in erecting Star’s pre-engineered steel buildings.
Earlier in 2020 Spates completed an addition to Butternut sugarhouse. Spates also completed renovations at Hardwick Bridgman Reservoir for the Town of Hardwick, as well as renovations at Governor Prouty Apartments in Newport, and Sheldon School.
Spates is currently working on a new building for Vermont Electric Co-operative in Derby.
Additional projects of note are the Border Patrol Station in Derby, VT, US Fish & Wildlife Visitor Station in the Nulhegan Basin, Brunswick, VT, co-generation plant for North Country Hospital, and the Southern Vermont Recreation Center in Springfield. The Springfield project contains a swimming pool, aqua-therapy pool, wading pool, steam room, walking track and fitness center. And, you will find guests enjoying continuing upgrades to the Villmark sauna units at Smuggler’s Notch in Jeffersonville.
Spates Construction would like thank their many customers throughout the years for entrusting them with their building projects. With over 133 years of combined construction field experience, the Spates team knows construction from trenches to trusses and levels to lasers. And, you can always be confident that two well known Vermont traditions go into every Spates project--craftsmanship and pride. Contact their office for your building needs. They’d like to talk to you.
Spates Construction, Inc.
1876 Beebe Road
P.O. Box 860
Derby, VT 05829
Fax: (802) 766-2142