Where Quality and Craftsmanship Meet

Pacific Sheet Metal
Written by Robert Hoshowsky

Pacific Sheet Metal’s team of eighty-five trained and experienced staff has served the roofing, waterproofing, HVAC and gutter needs of clients across western Colorado for almost fifty years. The family-owned company continues to build on its reputation as a quality contractor providing exceptional worksmanship, quality materials and the best possible customer service from project start to completion.
Building on its reputation for quality, safety, reliability, timely project delivery and completion at competitive prices, With the necessary experience to provide valuable advice about their heating and air conditioning needs, Pacific assists all customers when it comes to choosing HVAC systems and solutions are appropriate to their individual needs.

Norm Batchel, the grandfather of company Chairman Casey Walter, created the company in 1968 as Batchel Sheet Metal in downtown Aspen.

“Norm was a very talented craftsman who did lots of ornamental sheet metal for the historic buildings in Aspen,” says Lowell Walter, president of Pacific Sheet Metal. “Lots of these buildings have sheet metal trim, decorative tin ceilings and many more metal parts and pieces.”

To supplement this work, Norm – who was also a dealer for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration giant Lennox – took on furnace and duct work. Norm’s daughter Renee married Jim Dallman, who apprenticed under Norm from 1972 until 1978 when Norm decided to retire and gave the business to Jim and Renee.

“Since Jim’s last name wasn’t Batchel, he and Norm both thought the business should be renamed,” says Walter. “At the time, Jim owned a building in the Aspen Airport Business Center (ABC). The ABC’s streets were named after places in the Monopoly board game. The shop was on Pacific Avenue. That was the origin of the name: Pacific Sheet Metal.”

The company has expanded its range of services considerably over the past forty-seven years, from furnaces and architectural sheet metal to full-service HVAC, roofing, guttering and waterproofing. Its many clients can also enjoy spring and fall maintenance, roof repair, snow retention and 24-hour emergency service.

Lowell Walter had worked briefly in the sheet metal industry after high school and realized he had a passion for the business. After attending college, he owned and operated his own small sheet metal business. He took on part-time employment with Pacific Sheet Metal while on a ski vacation in Colorado, met Jim and Renee’s daughter Casey, and the rest is history. “When Casey’s dad decided to retire, Casey and I teamed up with a friend from Pennsylvania to purchase Pacific Sheet Metal in August of 2009,” he says.

With a 6,000 square foot shop in Carbondale, Colorado and a 3,000 square foot facility in Aspen on what used to be Pacific Avenue, Pacific Sheet Metal is well-equipped to handle the needs of all clients. Its skilled crew includes metal smiths, coppersmiths, service technicians with EPA and North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certifications, HVAC journeymen, project managers, estimators, welders and office staff.

Pacific employs local craftsmen and invests in their success through ongoing training in areas such as product knowledge, up-to-date installation techniques and procedures and safe work practices. This commitment to quality has resulted in the company’s success as one of the top HVAC, roofing, waterproofing and gutter contractors in all of Colorado.

The company works mainly in the western part of the state, although it occasionally takes on projects out of the area. Pacific Sheet Metal has an in-depth knowledge of the state’s unique climate and addresses its roofing challenges from snow and ice.

New home builds represent Pacific’s main demographic. Since new home developments often take anywhere from two to five years to complete, Pacific Sheet Metal’s skilled staff are frequently working on hundreds of projects at once.

The company acquires its roofing materials and raw metals from mills, quarries and vendors from all over the world to create architectural metal custom creations, such as metal wall panels, chimney and chase caps, light fixtures, fireplace covers, shrouds and stainless steel kitchens.

Pacific works with some of the biggest and most respected names in the HVAC and roofing industries. The company is dealer for Lennox and York heating and air conditioning, a roofing dealer for Sarnafil and IB membrane and a dealer for DaVinci synthetic slate and tile.

It supplies and installs innovative product lines, such as the Dave Lennox Signature® Collection and SunSource® Home Energy Systems. Lennox is a high end product with proven longevity,” comments Walter. “York is an established company that has great value at affordable prices.”

Pacific meets the HVAC needs of both residential and commercial customers and improved poor indoor air quality caused by dust, pollen mold and pet dander.The company offers a range of quality humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air filtration units and Healthy Climate® UV Germicidal lights from Lennox to improve air quality, comfort and health.

Pacific is active in HVAC maintenance in spring and fall when it is essential to prepare for the coming seasons. Employees change filters to ensure cleaner air, calibrate, perform safety inspections, clean drainage holes, check for mold and mildew, lubricate parts, check electrical and gas connections and more. A well-maintained system not only operates more effectively, but is more economical to operate, resulting in savings.

It often takes on projects for commercial and industrial clients, along with more exotic works for homes of well-heeled residential customers living in the Aspen Valley. Pacific Sheet Metal has the tools, materials and craftsmanship to create everything from window flashing and copper planter boxes to chimney houses, log caps, rail covers, metal barbecue covers and intricate hammered copper door carapaces. Realizing that these types of details truly elevate a home, Pacific’s trained team crafts decorative, custom architectural metals works in locations such as Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Snowmass Village, Carbondale and Basalt.

Pacific’s wide range of roofing products and services keeps buildings protected year-round from Colorado’s sometimes harsh weather.

The company works directly with manufacturers to stay current with the latest changes in the industry and employs such sophisticated technologies such as IR (infrared) imaging and analysis to conduct roof inspections and uncover potential problems missed by traditional means.

Pacific Sheet Metal works with a range of metal roofing products metals such as steel, copper and zinc. However, it has also broadened its roofing capabilities to encompass flat roofs, asphalt shingles, slate roofing tiles, cedar shakes and roof tiles made from concrete, synthetic or clay.

To ensure roofs are in the best condition and performing well, the company’s maintenance and repair services help identify and correct small issues before they become big problems. “We encourage our clients to use us for routine maintenance and inspections,” says Walter. “We offer warranty extensions that coincide with these maintenances, and we make reminder calls and send mailings periodically.”

Pacific Sheet Metal welcomes new customers as it continues to serve its established Colorado residential, commercial and industrial client base.

“We want to continue to build a team of the best craftsmen anywhere. We want to be so good at what we do that customers would not think of using anyone but us. Hopefully this will allow us to expand and grow into new geographic regions and introduce more product lines. We are proud of our employees and the outstanding level of quality they put into the work we do. Anyone can buy the materials we sell. No one takes as much pride in installing them as the members of our team do. Family values are exhibited by our workers and our management team… that is what makes us great.”



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