Demolition company builds future in Snoqualmie

SNOQUALMIE - The 40 employees at Nuprecon's headquarters are beginning to settle into their new location at the Snoqualmie Ridge Business Park, from which they will continue their efforts to make the company a nationwide leader in demolition services.

The former Redmond-based company began the transition Dec. 13. to its 45,000-square-foot building next to Philips Oral Healthcare. Nuprecon's headquarters occupy 18,000 square feet of space.

"We have over half the building that we're trying to lease out," project at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and it demolished Seattle City Hall's five-story parking garage - the company wants to expand its business beyond the Pacific Northwest.

Nuprecon is currently doing demolition work at the Pentagon, which had been scheduled before the Sept. 11 attacks, and is seeking other projects that will give the company a national presence in its industry and provide stability when the local economy suffers a downturn.

"Our 2002 strategic plan focuses on developing our national presence," Pare said. "It's beneficial for us to expand our horizons so we can even out our work flow."

You can reach Barry Rochford at (425) 888-2311, or e-mail him at barry.rochford@ Wendy Pare, vice president of finance and administration for Nuprecon. "We wanted to build a facility that we could grow into."

Nuprecon is the Pacific Northwest's largest demolition contractor and is the 11th largest demolition contractor in America, with $32 million in sales for the 2001 fiscal year. A privately owned company, it is licensed to provide demolition services in 11 western states and Virginia.

While demolition work is the company's main focus, it has grown to include a drop-box and recycling division, a concrete sawing and drilling division and an abatement division that removes hazardous waste from buildings, such as lead and asbestos.

With that growth came the need for more space, prompting the move from Redmond. Pare said Snoqualmie was attractive because land was cheaper and because of the business park's proximity to Interstate 90, which makes for an easier commute for employees. But there were other benefits as well.

"We're a very community-oriented [company], and we like the culture and the community feel that Snoqualmie has," Pare said.

While much of its work can be seen locally - Nuprecon recently finished a large abatement

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