Courtesy of Deep Foundations Contractors, Inc.As a leader in Canada's foundation contracting industry, Deep Foundations installs all major types of piles, but its strength has always been its people

By Lisa Kopochinski

A staple of Canada’s foundation contracting industry for more than four decades, Deep Foundations Contractors Inc. has definitely achieved its original vision many times over: to become an innovative corporation with the most modern, well-maintained equipment and a highly skilled and motivated workforce.

Diversified in its offerings, the company installs all types of foundation piles and excavation shoring, including secant pile walls, soldier piles and lagging, driven piles, caissons, micro piles, sheet pile walls, continuous flight auger piles, soil nailing, access shafts and helical piles/screw piles.

Formed in 1971 by David Miller and Bill Lardner (who both left senior positions with an international foundation company), the two partners started their first project – a pipeline installation in Ingersoll, Ont. – out of Miller’s basement. The company would later become the first in Canada to install secant piles as a water cutoff wall, and also the first to bring hydraulic drill rigs to the country, which are now an industry standard.

Fast-forward 43 years. Today, Deep Foundations – the largest foundation contractor in Ontario – has achieved steady growth, with revenues exceeding $100 million per year. With its head office in Stouffville, Ont., a western office yard in Fort McMurray, Alta. and an office in Edmonton, the employee-owned private corporation (with 200 staff companywide) works with owners, developers and general contractors to deliver the best deep foundation solutions for each client’s unique needs.

“We have come a great distance in that time, solidifying our name as one of the premier specialized foundation contractors in North America,” said Ron Vermey, the company’s vice president, sales and project management. “Our clients are developers, contractors, large corporations in the oil sands, municipal, provincial and federal governments.”

With an ability to install any type of pile, Deep Foundations possesses an impressive fleet of equipment that includes hydraulic drills, crane-mounted drills, track-mounted drills, micropile and tieback drills, low headroom pile drivers, air-track drills, oscillators, crawler cranes, vibratory hammers and impact hammers – to name just a few.

“We have some of the most powerful hydraulic drills in Canada,” said Vermey, “and the largest, most powerful drills that are capable of drilling up to five metres diameter in overburden and rock up to 40 metres deep.


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