Construction rebuilds after recession
Ryan Summerlin January 31, 2014
Now that the economy is experiencing an upturn, so is the construction of new homes and commercial structures in Park City. The Park City Area Home Builders Association (PCAHBA) saw dwindling member numbers over the past four to six years, according to new president Joe Rametta, but in the last quarter of 2013 and first quarter of 2014, they have installed about 11 new members thanks to an increase in business.
"That is huge for us," Rametta said. "Building in Summit County has been on the rise for the last year and a half, so we have seen a significant increase in membership."
The PCAHBA is an advocacy group for local builders, subcontractors and suppliers involved in the construction industry in Park City and its surrounding areas, like Promontory, Heber, Kamas and Wolf Creek, among others.
Rametta has been a member of the PCAHBA for around 10 years and has been a builder for over four decades. He owns the construction firm called Rametta & Co., also known as Ramco, and has served on the PCAHBA’s board of directors for several years. This year, he was nominated to become president and accepted, hoping to achieve three main goals for the association.
His number one priority is to encourage other builders in the association to think of other members in the PCAHBA first. "When you are looking for subcontractors and suppliers, pull the association directory out and look in there, give them the opportunity first," he said.
He also wants to create a big push for membership in order to have as many as they had before the economic recession. This quarter’s new members are a good start, he said, but they can always use more.
The third goal Rametta hopes to accomplish as president is to make the annual Parade of Homes more successful than it has been in the last five or six years.
"Last year was a great year for the show, but it cost us more money than we had wanted it to, so we are hoping that this year we can improve upon our sponsorships and improve upon the number of homes in the show," Rametta said.
Last year’s show displayed 12-15 homes, he said, and this year, there are already 20 builders showing interest in putting homes in the show. The increase in homes is just another indicator of the increase in business in construction activity.
Ramco was one of the few firms that made it through the recession, he said, and he is grateful that business is getting back to normal.
"It’s kind of nice to look into the horizon and see that there are projects that will take us through the next couple of years," he said. "The last four or five years, there would be projects in the pipeline, but they were smaller in nature lasting only four to six months."
Now his company is working on projects that will take them into 2015, and he said his is not the only company experiencing that kind of growth.
As a member of the PCAHBA, he said, it is important to support the other members of the association now that business is on the rise.
"The general public just needs to know that we are a great resource for homebuilding projects as well as commercial projects," Rametta said, "and we are always looking for more members to provide the Park City area with quality work."
For more information on the PCAHBA, to become a member or to become a sponsor for this year’s Parade of Homes, contact executive officer Geri Strand at 435-645-9363 or visit www.pcahba.com.