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May 5, 2017
Specialty: Commercial construction company providing preconstruction, design-build, general contracting and construction management services to the hospitality, multifamily, higher education, adaptive-reuse, light-civil and aviation markets
Management: Aaron Wiehe, vice president and district manager
Founded: 1906; in Seattle since 1992
Headquarters: Edmonton, Alberta; U.S. head office in Denver
2016 revenues: $130 million
Projected 2017 revenues: $169 million
Projects: Tower12 Apartments, Seattle; Potala Tower, Seattle
Aaron Wiehe, vice president and district manager, answered questions about PCL and the local construction market.
Q: In the last year, has your office seen an uptick in workload?
A: Not so sure it’s an uptick in work load as much as the market continues to keep going. We expected a bit of a slowdown, but it hasn’t stopped. There seems to be a depth to this cycle that is deeper than expected and what we have seen in the past.
Q: Has PCL ventured into any new sectors in the last year or so?
A: No, we have not ventured into any new sectors. We continue to be active on high-rise residential, office, aviation and transportation projects.
Q: Are you working on any new innovative delivery systems/techniques?
A: We have multiple (systems) that are proprietary to PCL. We are seeing great return on the use of virtual reality and augmented reality. Both will continue to grow in the construction marketplace. These tools allow our teams to communicate with our clients and partners efficiently, clearly representing what the end product will look like. The potential for their incorporation into the construction process is endless and exciting to watch grow.
Q: What type of projects best symbolize those PCL does?
A: The high-rise residential projects represent the type of work PCL excels at vertical construction with high-end finishes. We excel at delivering complex projects with tight schedules. Both the Tower12 Apartment building and the Potala Tower mixed-use building are good examples.
The new Delta Sky Club is another example. This project had an extremely tough site where the building structure had to be built above an existing baggage handling system that had to remain operational. In addition, the site had active airplane gates on each side that could not be interrupted or taken out of service at any time. The project also included high-end finishes. The schedule was compressed, and PCL was still able to deliver the project to our client ahead of schedule with extremely high quality.
The tougher and more complex a project, the better for PCL.