Pinnacle Drilling Products excels as an industry “total solutions” provider

By Lisa Gordon

When Allan Zdunich founded Pinnacle Drilling Products back in 2007, the Vancouver,

B.C.-based company supplied drilling tools and products to the oil and gas, mining, construction, geothermal and waterwell industries. Its first shop was a mere 2,000 square feet, and it was home to just four employees.

But Zdunich – a drilling industry veteran who is marking 50 years in the field this year – was clearly onto a good thing. It took only eight years for Pinnacle to grow into a new facility in Burnaby, one that is five times bigger than its original shop.

In 2011, a company restructuring initiative brought in more capital to fund targeted growth.

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.

Formula Contractors Ltd. gains ground in a broad range of projects thanks to diverse capabilities

By Kelly Gray

Western and Arctic construction projects have been turning to Prince George-based Formula Contractors Ltd. for the right equation for job success since 1977. In the early days, the company was known as Formula Pile and Bridge. Growth in its capabilities and skill sets saw it refresh the business moniker to reflect the fact that the company was growing to be more than spanning rivers and pounding foundations.

The breadth of their expanding operations, from Manitoba west to the Pacific Ocean and U.S. border at the 49th parallel north to the Beaufort Sea including Yukon and N.W.T., includes the full range of construction services from project management to structures such as massive steel drainage culverts, to mine site development and reclamation to renewable energy (Formula Contractors built B.C.’s first wind farm foundations at Dawson Creek) as well as some of North America’s most demanding highway and bridge work, not to mention a wide range of foundation projects.

“We wanted to diversify so we changed the name to reflect that we do so much more than just piling and bridge work,” said partner and project manager, Phil Toma, pointing to a long list of services that include road and earth works, equipment and portable bridge rentals, material handling and structural steel erection to name just part of the menu. “When I started with Formula Contractors 10 years ago, we had just 10 to 15 guys on crews. Now we have a crew cohort that number 30 to 40 and have had up to 120 workers on some jobs. We also have a professional engineer on staff that joined us from B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation.”


Matcon Canada and Soilmec NA work on the Rogers Arena high-rise

By Dan Hunt, Matcon Canada MESL Group of Companies and Craig Berninger, Champion Equipment Sales, LLC and Soilmec NA

Vancouver Canucks fans and downtown locals will soon be able to enjoy expanded amenities when they visit the Rogers Arena, including the indispensable addition of new restaurants, bathrooms and parking. However, Vancouver residents and workers may be even more excited by the upcoming increase in rental housing and office space that will be provided by the three new, mixed-use high-rise towers under construction surrounding the hockey arena.

Canucks fans and residents may not realize how difficult it was to build the Rogers Arena, which was squeezed between the existing Georgia Street and Dunsmuir Street Viaducts. Now building contractors face the greater feat of constructing three high-rise towers within even tighter jobsites – requiring a construction “hat trick” that hockey fans will appreciate.

Construction of the 31-story South Tower has been particularly demanding since this triangular-shaped tower is being wedged between the southern wall of Rogers Arena and the elevated Georgia Street Viaduct on one side, and the at-grade Pacific Boulevard and Griffiths Way on the two other sides. When complete, this high-rise will include five levels of underground parking, more than 200 rental units and multipurpose facilities.

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