Long­board Con­struc­tion rises from hum­ble be­gin­nings

SAIT grads now have their crews work­ing from Van­cou­ver Is­land to Thun­der Bay

Calgary Herald - - CITY+REGION - DAVID PARKER David Parker ap­pears reg­u­larly in the Her­ald. Read his columns on­line at cal­gary­her­ald.com/ busi­ness. He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or by email at [email protected]­parker.ca.

Af­ter strik­ing up a friend­ship while work­ing with Man­shield Con­struc­tion, Bryce Dil­l­abough and Lance Neilsen started their own com­pany in 2006. Since then, Long­board Con­struc­tion has grown into a gen­eral con­tract­ing firm pro­vid­ing pro­fes­sional and man­age­ment ser­vices for new com­mer­cial build­ings, tenant im­prove­ments and ren­o­va­tion projects across West­ern Canada.

Both SAIT stu­dents, Dil­l­abough grad­u­ated from Civil En­gi­neer­ing Tech­nol­ogy and Sur­vey Tech­nol­ogy pro­grams, while Nielsen is a Red Seal car­pen­ter.

Af­ter seven years in project man­age­ment, as site su­per­in­ten­dent and work­ing with all of the trades — while both were sin­gle and not afraid to take a chance — they founded Long­board (named af­ter some fun win­ter es­capes on Maui) from an Edge­mont base­ment.

Their first jobs were res­i­den­tial ren­o­va­tions, but they were awarded their first com­mer­cial project by Loblaws. And gro­cery stores were and con­tinue to be a big part of their suc­cess thanks to a will­ing­ness to work within bud­gets, ac­cept tight dead­lines and work at any time to al­low stores to re­main open dur­ing con­struc­tion.

A good ex­am­ple is a cur­rent job at the Safe­way store on 8th Street be­tween 11th and 12th av­enues S.W.

Long­board en­listed Rid­dell Kur­cz­aba’s in­te­rior de­sign team

for a de­sign-build con­tract for Sobeys, which is es­sen­tially a re­fresh of the busy store. But it means that a crew and five scis­sor lifts ar­rive af­ter the store closes to paint, in­stall all new flooring, up­grade all rack­ing, up­date the Star­bucks, in­stall a new deli counter and in­stall a new POS ter­mi­nal sys­tem.

Work­ing through the night, they have to be out half an hour be­fore store open­ing.

Long­board has com­pleted ren­o­va­tions and up­grades at sev­eral Loblaws stores that re­mained open dur­ing its work. It also com­pleted a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion to Loblaws’ three-storey head of­fice in Cal­gary, which also re­quired min­i­mum dis­rup­tion to the work­ing staff.

It has worked with Loblaws on sim­i­lar projects to re­brand No Frills stores in Cal­gary, Strath­more, Stet­tler, Syl­van Lake and Beau­mont. But it’s not just ren­o­va­tion jobs, as Long­board is build­ing a new No Frills store in For­est Lawn.

More busi­ness meant a move for its 24 full-time staff into a new com­mer­cial build­ing it built in Air­drie.

The move was a good one for Dil­l­abough and Nielsen, as they are cur­rently work­ing to con­struct four stand-alone build­ings along Veter­ans Boule­vard for Choice Prop­er­ties REIT, where it has also com­pleted space for Magic Moun­tain Day Care, Dol­larama and Bos­ton Pizza.

They are busy, but much of the pres­sure of ob­tain­ing new projects was eased with the ap­point­ment early last year of Lorne MacIn­tyre as a di­rec­tor of the com­pany.

With Con­cept Group for the past 16 years, MacIn­tyre en­joys good re­la­tion­ships through­out the in­dus­try and has been a real ben­e­fit in ob­tain­ing new con­tracts.

The firm has de­vel­oped an ex­ten­sive net­work of con­struc­tive re­la­tion­ships with var­i­ous trades pro­fes­sion­als, en­abling it to main­tain a su­pe­rior stan­dard of ser­vices and ma­te­ri­als.

And they con­tinue to in­crease in size, va­ri­ety and ge­o­graphic ar­eas.

Long­board is build­ing three condo ware­houses — each con­tain­ing eight bays — in Jack­son­port, Shep­ard Devel­op­ment’s 100 acres un­der devel­op­ment in north­east Cal­gary.

Farther afield, its crews are work­ing on Queen Char­lotte Is­land, Van­cou­ver Is­land, White­horse, Yellowknife and Thun­der Bay.

Bryce Dil­l­abough and Lance Nielsen are part­ners at Long­board Con­struc­tion.

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