Ruskin Construction Ltd. reaches its 25th anniversary with more plans for growth in the coming years

By Lisa Kopochinski

Anyone who has worked in construction will tell you it’s a tough industry with many ups and downs – so for a company to reach its 25th anniversary is especially noteworthy. Ruskin Construction Ltd. is one such company that has beaten the odds and showing no signs of slowing down.

Founded in 1989 by Andrew Purdey of Ruskin, B.C., this privately held company (with its head office in Prince George, B.C.) specializes in six primary markets – bridges, foundations, marine, railway, aerial pipeline and heavy civil construction.

“We’re proud of our history as a company and appreciate our loyal clients who have made our passage from a small one-crew company to the professional construction team of 300 qualified personnel we are today,” said Ruskin president, Jim Basha.

Since 1989, Ruskin Construction Ltd. has developed into a professional construction team providing $100 million in annual construction services to a diverse client base located across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Approximately half of Ruskin’s yearly volume is derived through repeat client investments.

With locations throughout B.C., Alberta and Alaska, Ruskin has a proven track record of managing and delivering projects. It offers a full range of construction services such as bridge, aerial pipeline, marine and subarctic construction, as well as drilling and caisson foundation work and – of course – pile driving.

Pile driving expertise
Basha is proud that Ruskin has developed a large array and inventory of conventional pile driving equipment such as air, diesel and vibro hammers. When mounted on fixed, swinging and traveling lead systems, they ensure production and accuracy when faced with production pile foundations.

“Crane mounted or truck-mounted pile driving units ensure the right equipment is deployed for the scope and logistics of the project,” he said. “The installation of pipe piling from 1,200 mm down to 200 mm diameter, or timber and H-beam piles, can all be achieved with the internal equipment owned and managed by our company.”

Pile driving projects that the company is especially proud of include: 

  • Deh Cho Bridge 
  • Fort Hills temporary water intake structure 
  • Mary River Iron Ore Dock 
  • Red River Bridge 
  • Foundations for the Port Mann Bridge 
  • Helical pile foundations for the Keeyask Main Camp 
  • Temporary offloading trestle for Kitimat LNG
  • Colwood City center piles and caissons
  • Colwood City Center shoring 
  • Foundations for the St. Joseph wind farm 
  • Crew boat dock and temporary jetty piles for Kitimat LNG 
  • Installation of foundations for the CD5 Alpine West Project 
  • Craig flower Bridge Replacement


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