March 2018 Newsletter

March 3, 2018
Robyn Budd
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Quadra Island Seniors Housing Society’s Board is pleased to announce that we have selected Ketza Pacific Construction (1993) Ltd. of Campbell River as the Construction Manager (CM) for our new 16-unit seniors residence at 688 Harper Road in Q Cove. Pre-qualified local companies declined to submit a CM proposal because they had prior contract commitments (construction is booming on Quadra. – which is great). Ketza Pacific was 1 of 2 well-qualified firms that submitted a CM proposal. The other company was IWDC of Nanaimo.

Ketza Pacific has a wide range of experience on Quadra Island over the past 30 years. The company is currently working on the foundations for the water tower for the Cape Mudge village and re-cladding the Cape Mudge Lighthouse. Ketza Pacific constructed the original Quathiaski Cove sewer system, the Quadra Credit Union on Cortes Island, the new Campbell River Indian Band (Weiwaikum First Nation) Administration Office and several wood-frame apartment buildings like ours.

As CM, Ketza Pacific will assist the architect, engineers and our Society to complete the design of the seniors residence by incorporating their construction experience. The goal is to design a building that is economical and efficient to construct while meeting all of QISHS and BC Housing requirements. Once the design is complete, Ketza Pacific will tender all of the sub-trade work contracts (open to local trades) and sign a fixed price contract to construct the building.

After a busy winter of planning the exterior and electrical/mechanical/engineering/water and energy design requirements, we intend to finalize these and the building interior design by the end of May 2018. BC Housing authorization to begin construction is expected at the end of June 2018. If all goes according to plan, the seniors residence should be complete and ready for occupancy Spring 2019.

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