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Local contractor joins the big leagues with a $42 million project

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RICHLAND, WA - A local Richland contractor has grown her small company from $40,000 a year in projects to landing a $42 million project.

It's an exponential rise for Lisa Chapman-Rosa, president of Total Site Services. Chapman-Rosa wanted to get back into the working world after raising her kids, so she did what she knows best. She joined her father in the construction industry, but she never though that would land her company a multi-million dollar contract.

"I always pray for my company and the people within it and God super-sized my prayers," said Chapman-Rosa. "So here we sit with this big $42 million contract."

Lisa's company, Total Site Services, is partnering with Garco Construction of Spokane to build four three-story buildings, which will house more than 300 soldiers at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma. Lisa compared the new housing to that of apartment of college dorms.

"We love to be able to give these new facilities to our military," said Chapman-Rosa. "They work so hard, they pay the ultimate service for us so it feels really good to be able to give back to them and to give them something that they can be proud of and that we can be proud of also."

Lisa has every right to be proud. Her company out-bid four others for this project because they had the best design.

"My father was in the construction business for a long time and some things I think just come natural and were just passed on through him," said Chapman-Rosa.

She may have started off small, but now she's in the big leagues.

"Here I am now," said Chapman-Rosa. "We first came to this office with three employees and got one contract right away and it just took off from there. We're still a small business, but we're doing big things."