Karl Jensen Owner, West Side Electric
West Side Electric Co. has worked with Otis Construction since 1997. My company, like Otis Construction, specializes in very high end residential new construction and remodel. In our 54 years of existence we have had the opportunity and pleasure of working with the best and most well-known builders in the Portland area, past and present. As good as those builders were and are, none exceed Otis Construction for quality of construction, conscientiousness, project management and scheduling, and overall execution of a project. If I were building a house I would personally use Otis Construction for my project.
Dean & Kathy Dordevic
Otis does several things that I think are very important and certainly worth noting. They approach every job like a commercial project. There is nothing left to chance. Nothing is done “on-the-fly”. Everything is documented. Otis will get several bids from each trade, and believe me, this will make a difference. Their attitude, and more importantly their willingness to work this process was very much appreciated. This was not a “chore”, and they frequently would point out where they thought a bid was unreasonable.
From the first conversation I had with Paul, I was instilled with a confidence that Otis had the ability to understand our complex project and take a realistic approach that was lacking in the other builders we contacted. The level of effort and detail put into the project at a very early stage was critical to setting reasonable expectations and gave us a high level of confidence that Otis was the best builder for us. Precise building details were worked through long before a shovel was ever turned to assure that building could achieve the best possible result.
Throughout the project the responsiveness and level of organization at Otis, from the details of the project to the breakdown of the invoicing, was top quality. Otis took the initiative in every challenge and quickly pulled together the necessary resources to propose a solution, which included coordination with trades, the engineer, and the architect, with a focus on achieving the best possible outcomes that kept to plan but also focused on controlling costs. Otis really focused on executing the plan as opposed to interpreting the plan, which we believe was critical in retaining the architectural integrity through the building process. The level of organization and professionalism Otis brings to the table held true throughout the duration of the project, from the initial discussions through to project completion, which is why we would unreservedly recommend Otis Construction.
Fred Lipper’s vast experience and natural problem solving mentality really helped us form a good partnership, as he was always able to offer his experience to clearly present alternatives and trade-offs to the inevitable challenges that arise when building a custom house. There is a saying “integrity is what you do when no one is watching” and we feel that this statement represents well how we feel Fred treated our project.
Our experience with Otis construction was excellent. The entire process from initial meeting to finish was extremely timely and professional. Our project supervisor, Sean Houghtaling, was nothing short of amazing. His ability to communicate, attention to detail and show constant respect for the Hale family was remarkable. In the end the remodel exceeded all expectations and I can't imagine working with a better construction company.
I have worked with many contractors over the years, and Otis Construction has been superior to them all. Paul gives comprehensive, accurate bids (this was of paramount significance in my choice of contractors), is patient with those who don’t understand the ins and outs of construction, and is knowledgeable and trustworthy. Misha, our project supervisor, took exceptional care of us and poured his heart into his work. I can say, without doubt, that anyone who has the pleasure of working with Otis will be extremely satisfied with the results.
LISA DOMENICO BROOKE
To build our home required a sophisticated contractor with a strong financial footing and top-notch subs. We never had a concern about Otis Construction's abilities, but what we appreciated most was that they were able to complete the project on time even though we added a swimming pool halfway through!