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GLACIER CREEK CONTRACTING LTD

Corporate Profile

CORPORATE

 

Glacier Creek Contracting Ltd. and Glacier Creek Pacific Contracting Ltd. (collectively “GCCL”) are both general contracting companies owned and operated by Eric Prall. GCCL is involved in the construction of both residential and commercial projects within the province of British Columbia. The majority of the companies’ projects have been the Whistler/Pemberton area, where both the owner and his key staff have made their homes since 1993. Eric partners with local sub-trades to deliver award winning, state of the art homes and projects.

GCCL is a ‘Certified Building Envelope Renovator’ and a “Built Green Certified Builder”. These initiatives have been so successful that Eric has created another company, Glacier Pacific Insulation Ltd., to keep up with the demand for superior insulation services required by these initiatives. Glacier Pacific Insulation Ltd.  is a  ‘Certified Spray Foam Insulation Applicator’, but does all types of insulation.

Glacier Creek Contracting has managed over $175 M worth of construction and built over 1400 units varying from single family homes to multi-residential concrete towers.  Attached, you will find a brief list of construction projects current and completed.  For the past 12 years Glacier Creek has teamed up with the Whistler Housing Authority and the Resort Municipality of Whistler to create affordable price restricted housing developments for residents who live and work in Whistler, many of them recognized with Awards.

The company makes it a priority to use a ‘teamwork’ approach on projects to ensuring that the entire construction group, including all sub-trades, are working towards the successful conclusion to any development. The company relies heavily on technological tools to maximize its efficiency to plan, schedule, budget, track, and communicate both internally and externally. The reliance on new technology, mixed with tried and true construction techniques and materials guarantees a successful build. These professional development practices have resulted in numerous awards.

Eric Prall | OWNER AND GENERAL MANAGER

Eric’s experience in construction is quite extensive.  The following is a brief summary of his background:

  • Involvement in the construction industry began in 1977
  • Experience was earned by working in a family construction business performing large-scale projects. The scope of work generally included sub-trade work including concrete formwork, masonry and pre-cast concrete erection. In addition to this sub-trade work, general contracting and project management was performed.
  • Work began in the field initially, with concrete formwork, then to combinations of concrete, masonry and pre-cast high rise buildings, followed by wood frame buildings.
  • Experience was earned in estimating, scheduling, project co-ordination, general administration, budget pricing, design input and project management at an early stage of his career. This management involved an office staff of 5 to 7 people with a peak of 150 direct employees in the field. All sub-trade labor was in addition to this.
  • Work locations were throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia until 1993.From 1993 onward, all work has been in British Columbia.
  • The types of projects consisted of strip malls, schools, care facilities, seniors projects, wood frame apartments and townhouses, structural steel buildings, low rise and high rise concrete structures up to 22 floors. Extensive experience with precast concrete buildings (in 1998, Eric and his father were successful in erecting a record 1 million square feet of precast .
  • Eric is in a unique situation where he has extensive experience as a sub-trade, a general contractor / manager and a developer. Because of this hands-on experience he can easily relate to matters of any one of these parties and can often foresee difficulties well in advance, enabling him to work with these parties towards a resolution that is successful for everyone.
  • After settling in Whistler, Eric decided to help the Whistler Housing Authority meet its goals, as a result Glacier Creek is the now their preferred builder, having completed some $75 million worth of construction with them.
  • Glacier Creek also built about 40% of the Whistler Athlete’s Village for the 2010 Olympics bringing them in on time and on budget
  • Eric is currently the President for the Canadian Home Builders Association Sea to Sky division.

LISA SHIPPIT | ACCOUNTING MANAGER

Lisa has resided in Pemberton and has been employed with Glacier Creek Contracting Ltd. since 1998.

Lisa has over 20 years of accounting experience in various fields including construction, real estate development, wholesale/retail trade, non-profit organizations, oilfield maintenance and oilfield drilling.

She has gained her vast work experience through various job-training programs that include multi level payroll for numerous employees, construction cost accounting, progress draw billings and preparing sales conveyances to lawyers.  She is currently working on her fourth level of the Certified General Accountants (CGA) program.  She has achieved placement on the honor’s list after the completion of her first level of the CGA program.

Accounting systems knowledge includes: Simply Accounting, Quickbooks, Abacus 2, Jonas Construction.  Jonas Construction provides actual vs. budget comparisons on multiple projects and details cost tracking and subcontract control.

Lisa’s extensive accounting background allows us to provide the control and reporting demanded by Municipalities and Developers alike.

Michel Gendreau | SITE MANAGER

Michel has lived in Whistler since 1980 and has been with Glacier Creek since August 2000. Michel has 24 years experience in the construction industry in British Columbia and has experience in site management of over 700 units of construction, 225 of which were with Glacier Creek.

Michel has been comfortable with site management of projects with over 300 sub-trade workers on site along with direct co-ordination of as many as 70 employees.

Michel is familiar with all aspects of site management including first aid and WCB requirements

Don Coggins | MARKETING AND SALES MANAGER

Don joined the Company in 2007 to help with the marketing and sales of the Rainbow Project in Whistler. His background includes 35 years of sales, marketing and general management throughout Canada. Since joining Eric his responsibilities have expanded, adding depth where required.

Michelle Boag | ASSISTANT TO ERIC PRALL / CERTIFIED THERMOGRAPHER

Michelle has been with Company for over 8 years, helping Eric stay on track with his busy schedule. Recently, in line with our push toward more energy efficient housing, Michelle has become a Certified Infrared Thermographer and is Built Green Certified currently she is working towards becoming a Certified Energy Advisor allowing Glacier Creek to do in house energy modeling. Using her thermography skills during construction we have been able to get less air leakage in our everyday builds. She continues to add value to the Company.

Stephen Twilley | Construction Manager

 Stephen joined our team in 2011 as a Construction Manager. Stephen brings over 20 years of construction experience to the company as a framer, former, and manager. He strives to have a good working relationship with all sub-trades on-site and gets the job completed on time and on budget.

 

Joe Upper | INSULATION OPERATIONS MANAGER

Joe has recently joined Glacier Pacific Insulation Ltd. as our Operations Manager. He brings over 15 years of hands on experience in all aspects of the insulation business. He has experience in bat, blown, injection, spray foam and specialty coatings a one stop shop for all your insulation and coating needs. Joe’s addition to the company has allowed GCC and GCPC to offer the best insulation products and services to our construction clients and owners, while offering those same services to other contractors and customers.

AWARDS WON

 

2010 CMHC Housing Award for Best Practices in Affordable Housing: Recognizing Leadership from the Private Sector for Glacier Duplexes at Rainbow. This national award co-won with the Whistler Housing Authority and provides 80 new affordable duplexes for families in Whistler.

2010 BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Award (Residential Builder/ Developer Category) for the Glacier Duplexes at Rainbow.  Each year BC Hydro recognizes the people and organizations that have best demonstrated a commitment to energy conservation and whose practices exemplify energy management and efficiency. The Power Smart Excellence Awards honour candidates from a range of categories including: Workplace Conservation Leadership, New Construction, New Technology, Appliance Retailer, Conservation Partner, Sustainable Communities and more. The energy conservation leadership of these organizations yields positive and meaningful change to generations of British Columbians.

 

GEORGIE AWARDS

 

The British Columbia Canadian Home Builder’s Association is a province wide organization that serves the Residential Construction Industry. Every year the CHBA recognizes the performance of its province wide members through a prestigious award called the Georgie. In the construction industry, this award is regarded as the “Oscars” of the industry.

GOLD GEORGIE AWARD

Georgie Award 2000 – Lorimer Court

“Excellence by a Local Government in Cooperation/Leadership with Industry”
This award sponsored by BC Housing endorsed two organizations – Glacier Creek Contracting Ltd. and the Whistler Housing Authority.

Georgie Award 2002 – Beaver Flats Apartments

“Best Technical Innovation”
This award was sponsored by the Home Builders Association. It endorsed the technology used in the exterior walls of the 57 apartment styled building on Highway 99 in Whistler. The goal was to achieve a tight building envelope required for energy conservation and acoustic attenuation of highway noise. An innovative exterior wall system was used to achieve their goal.

Georgie Award  2010 -  Glacier Creek Pacific Contracting Ltd

Best Private–Public Partnership for Lot 6 Athletes Village (Chekamus Crossing) in Whistler.

SILVER GEORGIE AWARD

Silver Award – 2002 – Glacier Creek Contracting Ltd.

Energy Efficiency and Environmental Consideration – Beaver Flats Apartments.

Silver Award – 2002 – Glacier Creek Contracting Ltd.

Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships in Creating Affordable Housing – Beaver Flats Apartments.

Silver Award – 2002 – Glacier Creek Contracting Ltd.

Excellence by a Local Government in Cooperation/Leadership with Industry – Beaver Flats Duplexes.

OTHER AWARDS

Smartsystem Home of the Year

The Peaks Country Townhomes – Pemberton, BC

The pre primed product used for the siding and trim on the 70 unit town house project will stand the test of time. This is an engineered wood product that is ideal for the climate of Pemberton. Projects were considered throughout North America. The award was presented by Louisiana Pacific Ltd. in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

CMHC Awards

In July 2002 Beaver Flats Employee Housing was selected as 1 of 14 finalists for CMHC’s Affordable Housing Innovations awards. This program is a national forum held every two years that recognizes significant contributions to the advancement of Canadian Housing. Beaver Flats was selected as a finalist under the Technology and Production category for the 2002 awards.

 

CBIP Grant

In recognition of the energy efficient design features incorporated into the Beaver Flats Employee Housing building, Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency granted Beaver Flats a ‘Commercial Building Incentive Program’ (CBIP) incentive of $ 72,345.00. To qualify for the incentive, a building must be at least 25% more efficient than if it were constructed to meet the requirements of the Model National Energy Code for Buildings.

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