Our Mission Statement
The mission of Modern Drywall is to build on our reputation for quality, professionalism, and leadership in the construction industry. To that end, it is our goal to:
- Be proactive, motivated, and solution seeking in driving complex projects forward
- Promote a culture of respect and open communication
- Always provide a safe working environment
- Adhere to our long-standing ethics of hard work and humility
- Stay at the forefront of industry changes with LEED and sustainable business practices
Ron Mickelson, President
Paul Schrandt, Estimator, Proj Mgr
Joined Modern Drywall in 1994
Cindy Bronkhorst, Office Manager
Joined Modern Drywall in 2001
Bryan Hazard, Estimator, Proj Mgr
Joined Modern Drywall in 1995
Grant Seay, Estimator, Proj Mgr
Joined Modern Drywall in 1995
Wally Locher, Director- Workforce Development
Joined Modern Drywall in 1979
Brad Mickelson, V.P.
Joined Modern Drywall in 2005
Mike Hall, CHST, Safety Director
Joined Modern Drywall in 2004
Jordan Schrandt, Admin
Joined Modern Drywall in 2015
Eric Hazard, Estimator, Proj Mgr
Joined Modern Drywall in 1995
Todd Nelson, Operations Manager
Joined Modern Drywall in 1997
Modern Drywall believes in giving back. We annually donate both time and funding to the following organizations:
Born in 2006 from a merger between the Spokane Valley & NBSP Community Center and the Valley Food Bank, Spokane Valley Partners comes from a deep history of over four decades of experience providing help and hope for those who need it most! Spokane Valley Partners serves as the only comprehensive source of social services between the Spokane City Limits and the Idaho border.
Habitat for Humanity-Spokane is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Since 1987, Habitat-Spokane has built 190 homes, providing affordable homeownership as an option for very low income families. Habitat homes are built simply and affordably through partnership with community volunteers and donations. All costs to build the homes are transferred to the family. Community support keeps building expenses low, thus reducing the cost to the family.
Since 1951, the Union Gospel Mission has been meeting the physical needs of people in crisis. Food, shelter and clothing, however, are just the beginning. The earnestly desired end for our clients is a transformed heart through Jesus Christ — a realization that they are loved by God and significant as His children. Such change flows out to every aspect of their lives: physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual. We seek to address each of these areas and, in turn, our ministries have evolved and grown over the years to include learning centers and businesses, where education and job training can take place.
The focus of The First Tee of the Inland Northwest is to positively impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs which promote character-development and life-enhancing values though the game of golf. These programs are available to people of all diversities, social strata and those with physical disabilities. Children and young people who otherwise may not have an opportunity to learn and play the game of golf are welcome.
Modern Drywall, Inc. – Celebrating Over 60 Years
For the past 62 years, Modern Drywall, Inc. has successfully grown to become one of the largest interiors companies in the Inland Northwest. The depth of experience within the company is a testament to its longevity as well as the pride and work ethic held by its operators and employees alike. Modern Drywall is a family-owned business founded in 1952. For the last 40 years the company has been involved in commercial-only projects including schools, hospitals, government, retail, and industrial. Here is a timeline of the 62-year history of Modern Drywall:
1952 – Company founded by Lowell Mickelson and Gordon Hendrickson with two other partners. Company’s first jobs were post World War II tract homes in north Spokane. For the next 20 years the company’s focus was drywall in any wood frame structure
1972 – Modern Drywall forms joint venture with Coleman Wall and Ceiling (a lath and plaster company that also did metal stud framing). Together they are awarded the metal stud framing and drywall for the 14 story Washington Mutual building in downtown Spokane, their first major commercial project
1973 – Ron Mickelson joins firm after receiving degree from Washington State University in Construction Management and directs company toward commercial only projects.
1980 – Modern Drywall buys out Coleman Wall and Ceiling and adds lath and plaster, metal framing, and EIFS to its scope of work.
1983 – Modern Drywall joins the Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau trade association.
1984 – Modern Drywall joins the Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors association.
1987 – Second generation sons Ron Mickelson, Jim Mickelson and Dave Hendrickson purchase Modern Drywall from fathers.
1988 – Suspended Acoustical Ceilings are added to scope of services.
1990 – The Heart Institute building in Spokane becomes milestone project for company. In addition to drywall, framing and plastering the company now adds panelized EIFS, thermal and sound insulation and spray fireproofing to its scope of work.
1994 – First Costco project in Phoenix, Arizona. Over the next 17 years the company will go on to do more than 70 stores in 17 states.
1999 – Riverpark Square and AMC 20 Theatres in downtown Spokane become another milestone project. Framing, drywall, acoustical ceilings, embossed metal pan ceilings, spray fireproofing, EIFS panels and insulation account for the $5.2 million contract. Eighty five tradesmen were on-site at the same time to meet the tight schedule.
2005 – Brad Mickelson joins Modern Drywall as Estimator/Project Manager. He becomes the third generation in the company.
2006 – Modern Drywall suspends plastering and spray fireproofing services due to lack of market.
2012 – Modern Drywall celebrates its 60th Anniversary.
"At Garco Construction it is our goal to ‘Exceed Our Customer’s Expectations.’ Throughout countless projects Modern Drywall has helped Garco achieve that goal. Modern Drywall consistently provides quality construction using qualified and skilled craftspeople and performs its work safely, on or ahead of schedule, and within budget. It has been Garco Construction’s pleasure to work with Modern Drywall over the last 30 years and we look forward to more successful projects with Modern Drywall as part of our team."
James Welsh, Project Manager | Garco Construction