Phil Castle, The Business Times
Lori Siegesmund, left, serves as president and owner of SafeSpace Builders and 579 Construction, while Sue Hayes works as director of marketing. The firm modifies spaces to accommodate people with disabilities as well as help seniors stay in their homes. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)
Lori Siegesmund runs a construction company that offers a range of services — everything from framing and insulation to drywall and specialty ceilings.
But she’s especially excited about a new service that not only further diversifies the operation, but also helps customers with unique needs. “This empowers people to make choices.”
As owner and president, Siegesmund oversees 579 Construction based in Grand Junction 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 as well as help seniors stay in their homes.
The firm recently received designation as a Medicaid contractor. That means it receives referrals and can directly bill Medicaid for services provided to people enrolled in the program.
Sue Hayes, director of marketing for SafeSpace Builders, says the operation is at once a business and needed 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 business her late grandfather, Howard Perry, operated for 25 years. While that firm installed acoustic ceilings, it also provided other construction services.
Siegesmund worked with her 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 commercial drywall and acoustic and specialty ceiling installation and finishing.
Operating out of the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction, 579 Construction works on a variety of projects throughout Colorado. The company employs a staff of 27.
SafeSpace Builders will serve Western Colorado, Siegesmund says, sending crews to various locations to handle multiple projects.
Those projects begin with a free assessment to determine what’s needed — whether that’s a full remodel; renovations in a bathroom or kitchen; or the installation of ramps, lifts and other devices. The firm also works with doctors, physical therapists and other health care providers to tailor services to their patients.
Modifications often are made to bathrooms and kitchens to make them more accessible and safer for people to use, Siegesmund says. That might include barrier-free showers and grab bars in bathrooms as well as lower cabinets and pull-out shelves in kitchens to accommodate people in wheelchairs. Lifts and ramps also are popular additions, she says.