Trotter & Morton brings home three awards at the 28th VRCA Awards of Excellence gala in Vancouver: Gold in the Mechanical Contractor ($3-8 million) category and Silver in the Electrical Contractor (up to $2 million) category for the UBC District Energy Centre and Silver in the Mechanical Contractor (up to $3 million) category for the UBC Alumni Centre.
On October 5, TMBT brought home three awards at the 28th VRCA Awards of Excellence gala in Vancouver. The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) hosts the annual event to recognize top-performing contractors in B.C. This year, more than 150 companies—representing 45 projects and approximately $1.3 billion in construction value—competed for 23 awards: Gold, Outstanding Achievement, Judges’ Choice, and the Heritage Award.
For their work on the UBC District Energy Centre, the Mechanical Division netted TMBT’s first Gold Award in the Mechanical Contractor ($3-8 million) category, and the Electrical Division received its first Silver Award in the Electrical Contractor (up to $2 million) category. Some of the key challenges included working on a fully-occupied campus and the size constraints of the site itself. This was also the first partnership between TMBT in Vancouver and Rambler Fabrication, which spooled and fabricated the pipe required for the project.
The Mechanical Division also received a Silver Award in the Mechanical Contractor (up to $3 million) category for its work on the UBC Alumni Centre. Crews faced similar challenges with the size constraints and location of the site and coordinating work on an occupied campus near fully-functioning bus loop. The project was completed in August 2015 and holds the distinction of a good safety record with zero lost-time incidents.
In an article written for the Journal of Commerce News Service, Fiona Famulak, President of the VRCA says "Through these awards, we shine a light on the dedication and professionalism that our members bring to their projects—the complex, state-of-the-art infrastructure that citizens use every day." A huge congratulations to the project teams and crews involved in both projects! Previously, the TMBT Mechanical Division has received two silver awards—one in 2012 for the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver and one in 2013 for the Transportation Management Centre in Coquitlam. This brings the TMBT’s total number of VRCA Awards of Excellence to five.
Bluebird Contracting Services participates in the much-anticipated revitalization of the Boys and Girls Club backyard in Calgary's Bowness neighbourhood.
In partnership with several other contractors, Bluebird Contracting Services participated in the much-anticipated revitalization of the Boys and Girls Club facility in Calgary's Bowness neighbourhood. Bluebird's crews assisted with the asphalt removal, levelling, and repaving alongside PCL Construction, Lynx Brand Fence Products, Burnco Landscape, Volker Stevin Contracting, and CANA Utilities.
These upgrades allow the children and youth who access the Bowness Community Club a safer and friendlier place in which to stay active and build positive relationships and experiences. In the words of Lisa Congo, the Bowness Coordinator, "We love having such a wonderful and safe space to play!"
Bluebird Contracting partners with the Southern Alberta chapter of Habitat for Humanity to prepare for the construction of a new sixplex in Calgary's Bowness neighbourhood.
As part of our ongoing commitment to the community, Bluebird Contracting provided demolition services at no cost to Habitat for Humanity to prepare for the construction of a new sixplex in Calgary's Bowness neighbourhood. The new structure will provide secure and affordable housing for six families in the established neighbourhood, which allows the new tenants a safe and friendly environment to call home.
You can read more about this story on the Habitat for Humanity blog.
Trotter & Morton's multi-generational workforce featured in part three of Calgary Herald series, Work in Progress, by journalist and Michelle Lang Fellow, Jessica Barrett.
In her five-part series titled Work in Progress, Calgary Herald journalist and Michelle Lang Fellow, Jessica Barrett, explores the ways in which our working lives are changing and the many factors contributing to these changes as both employees and organizations struggle to respond and adapt. Barrett's 2013 interview with then-HR Manager, Penny Masear, was published in part three of this series, Beyond Stereotypes: The challenges and opportunities of our multi-generational workforce. The article focuses on demographic shifts in the workplace and highlights some of the ways in which Trotter & Morton has embraced our multi-generational workforce as part of a greater trend in the industry to adapt to the changing needs of younger and older generations.
Click the links above to read the full article and to explore the other pieces and interviews from Barrett's project.
Bluebird Contracting provides free demolition services to one Calgary couple following the 2013 Alberta flood.
Following the devastation of the 2013 flood in Alberta, Bluebird Contracting provides free demolition services to one Calgary couple, as restoration efforts continue in the city months after the June waters recede.
Calgary Herald journalist, Val Fortney, covers the story here.
Trotter & Morton receives a Silver Award from the Vancouver Regional Construction Association for work on Coquitlam's Transportation Management Centre.
On October 17, the Vancouver Regional Construction Association awarded Trotter & Morton a Silver Award in the Mechanical Contractor (up to $3 million) category for their work on the Transportation Management Centre in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
Trotter & Morton has an all-new look, including a new website and company logo.
Trotter & Morton has an all-new look, including a new website and company logo. As our group of companies has grown, we wanted a consistent way to connect them all, so you'll see this new logo across all the companies. Rest assured, while we have a new look, we're still the same great company.
Rambler has moved!
Rambler Fabrication has outgrown its facility of over 33 years is now located a short drive east of Calgary's city limits at 285097 Bluegrass Drive in Rockyview County, Alberta.
As always, safety is the main concern at Rambler. Having the right equipment and the capacity to complete our projects is of utmost importance and one of the main reasons for our move.
Our new facility was designed and built by Spacemakers Construction Services Inc. They have been very accommodating in meeting—and exceeding—our needs, including a 21,000 square foot welding shop, two floors of office space and ample space in the fenced yard for storage and security.
The new fabrication shop is 60% larger than our previous location, with two 10-ton, electronically controlled overhead cranes on four 175-foot long crane rails, allowing for a total of 40 tonnes of lifting capacity. We also have a 4,000-US-gallon water tank used for our hydro testing of newly fabricated pipe spools and 17 Gorbel wall bracket jib cranes, each with a 2-ton capacity, a full 180° rotational span and above-par safety rated support system. Along with all our new equipment, we brought all of our welders and rollers from our previous location. A part of the design was maximizing the flow in which our fabrication process is conducted. The overhead bridge cranes and the Gorbel jib cranes have allowed us to transport spools from fitting to welding to NDE, and hydro testing to minimize unnecessary material handling and, thus, maximize fabrication efficiency.
We've also capitalized on efficiencies in our yard, with two separate entrances kitty corner on our 3-acre lot allowing raw materials and finished product to enter, flow through and exit in one continuous motion. The result of this highly efficient design allows us to not only take on a bigger workload but complete a larger number of projects in the same amount of time.
Bluebird Contracting crews help restore and reconstruct Calgary Stampede grounds after the 2013 Alberta floods.
Following the historic 2013 Alberta floods, the Calgary Stampede grounds were badly flood damaged. Bluebird Contracting was rehired by the Calgary Stampede to restore and reconstruct the event grounds—only a few weeks after Bluebird had completed a reconstruction of the track to accommodate the new Agrium Western Events Centre built that year.
Bluebird crews worked 24 hours a day for almost two weeks to complete the work. The work began on June 22 and was completed by July 4, less than 24 hours before Stampede 101 kicked off. To retain the consistency of the race track surface for the rodeo and chuckwagon events, 88 million pounds of dirt was removed and replaced, totalling 176 million pounds of dirt!
The project involved a coordinated effort with other contractors and included several stages of reconstruction:
You can view interviews and time-lapse footage of the efforts on our YouTube channel.
Trotter & Morton Facility Services named Contractor of the Year for the seventh time at the 2013 Continuing Education Conference.
Trotter & Morton Facility Services was named Contractor of the Year for the seventh time at the 2013 Continuing Education Conference.
Trotter & Morton receives the 2012 VRCA Silver Award of Excellence for work on the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver.
Trotter & Morton is the proud recipient of the 2012 VRCA Silver Award of Excellence for the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre, a 20,000-square foot visitor centre in Vancouver. The project achieved net zero water and energy consumption.