Local company secures library contract 

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Local trades will have a big role to play in the construction of Whistler’s new library, according to Jim Charters, president of Whistler Construction Company.

"We are going to invite the local trades to participate in the project and, if they don’t understand the process, help them with that," said Charters, whose company was recently awarded the library building contract.

"I’m involved with the (local chapter of the) homebuilders association as well and we can talk to some of the members and try to get them involved so it’s truly a community project. We need to have the community involved so we’ll do our best to get them all engaged."

Charters is planning to hold a seminar open to all local tradesmen, which will show local companies how they can be a part of this project and future community projects.

This is just one of the many reasons why Whistler Construction Company came out on top during the selection process for the library construction management team. The company’s bid submission was also the lowest of the complete bids received.

At Monday’s council meeting municipal Parks Planner Martin Pardoe walked council through the detailed selection process to find a library contractor. Both municipal staff and BCBC, the Crown management corporation, were involved in the selection process.

Of the 11 firms that responded to the call for project management services, said Pardoe, only four were chosen to move forward to the next round.

They were International Land Corporation, Kindred Construction, Task Construction Management and Whistler Construction Company.

Those four firms were asked to provide proposals by the July 12 deadline.

Only three responded.

Pardoe said the firms were weighted on a series of criteria including experience, familiarity with the project site and with Whistler, proposal content, project methodology and management and fees.

Whistler Construction scored highest with or without their $653,000 fees factored into the equation.

These fees, explained Pardoe, are made up of three per cent construction value fee, plus reimbursable construction costs and expenses of $482,500 for things like a site trailer, a site supervisor and first aid supplies.

Whistler Construction has been in the business for more than 35 years. The company’s work ranges from commercial and residential buildings to institutional buildings.

The company also has experience in building "green" buildings, which are eligible for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. LEED is a U.S national standard for developing high-performance sustainable buildings.

Whistler Construction built the Spring Creek Firehall, which is currently going through its LEED certification.

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