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Photo by Pat Sunderland Look Buildings' Nachole Gallegos, sales and design, and Brian Johnson, inventor, are pictured at their new location at 1520 Bluff Street. The building, which formerly housed a veterinary clinic, had been vacant for about a decade.

A business born of desperation has now moved into a new location that will set the stage for continued expansion.

Brian Johnson, the manager of Overholt Truss, was looking for ideas to keep his employees busy during the construction downturn. An idea for a panelized construction system began to take shape. With his job at Overholt Truss, he was able to perfect his concept. Eventually, the two parties went their separate ways but they remain strong partners -- the "Sturdi-Lok" panels that are the hallmark of Johnson's business, Look Buildings, are manufactured by Overholt Truss. The new arrangement has created more work for Overholt Truss, while allowing Johnson to focus his efforts on sales. About 95 percent of the buildings erected by Look have been in the Delta-Montrose area. The move to 1520 Bluff Street, Delta, provides a lot more space inside and out and will accommodate the kind of growth Johnson foresees for Look Buildings.

He is beginning with sales representatives in Craig and Alamosa, but anticipates moving beyond the state's boundaries while maintaining manufacturing operations in Delta. "Our goal is to cover a three-state area first, then keep moving out nationally," Johnson said.

Speed and strength are the hallmarks of the panelized wall system developed by Johnson, who has patents pending on his design.

Commercial, residential, agricultural and industrial buildings can be erected quickly by either the property owner or by subcontractors. The self-bracing system stands up well to high winds that can bring conventional stick frame structures down during the building process. The "Sturdi-Lok" name reflects the strength of the walls.

Each structure is designed to the client's specifications. Look Buildings can supply the complete construction package -- from doors and windows to shingles and exterior finishes. Metal, stucco, rock, stone and siding can all be used to finish the structure.

Nachole Gallegos provides design expertise, which can be extended to interior spaces for folks who are looking to incorporate living areas into their projects. Shop/house combinations are becoming increasingly popular, she noted.

The building at 1520 Bluff formerly housed a veterinary clinic but has been vacant for about a decade. The space is more than adequate for Look Buildings; Johnson has been able to provide space for a cement contractor and a garage door dealer, subcontracting specialties that dovetail with his panelized construction system. He hopes to continue building strong partnerships while expanding his business. Learn more at www.lookbuildings.com or call 399-6008.

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