Change ahead and the end of an era

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This BC Biomedical lab will be opening on Monday.  As BC Biomedical Laboratories are now a part of Life Labs, it may well be the last opening of a new BC Biomedical lab.  We at Tikal have been pleased to be the general contractor for many new labs including those at Davie St. in Yaletown, 64th and Scott Road in North Delta, North Road in Coquitlam, East 11th off Commercial Drive in Vancouver, Willowbrook Drive in Langley, Morgan Crossing in South Surrey and now this one on 152nd and 91st in the Fleetwood / Guildford area of Surrey.  How much longer will we see the familiar logo and the big BC beside it?  We don’t know.  It is the end of an era.  We  were also pleased to be part of the renovation team at most of the 45 local labs.  Everyone is hopeful that the changes ahead will be good for this corner of BC.

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Here is a recent story from the Daily Commercial News.  I heard about it this morning at our monthly potluck at from a nurse friend who told me that a temporary tent was set-up to inform people that they need to go to another emergency until this is sorted out – when they arrive at the Surrey Hospital:

November 21, 2012

Surrey hospital flooded


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Construction work related to the expansion of the Surrey Memorial Hospital may be the cause of a ruptured watermain that flooded one of the largest emergency rooms in B.C.

“At this moment, there is an expansion project occurring at the hospital and construction is happening outside of the emergency department,” said Tasleem Juma, spokesperson for the Fraser Health Authority.

“But, we are not sure exactly what or who caused the pipe to break and cause the flooding. We are still trying to determine what happened.”

Flooding forced the evacuation of the emergency room at Surrey Memorial Hospital early in the morning on Nov. 19.

A major construction project is currently taking place at Surrey Memorial, which involves work on a new emergency department and a critical care tower.

It has been widely reported in the media that a construction crew operating an excavator damaged a watermain on-site.

One of the largest emergency departments in B.C. was more than ankle deep in water.

Juma said the watermain breach at the site contained some silt, but did not include sewer water.

“We do know that there was a break in the main water line, which caused the emergency room area to flood,” said Juma. “The emergency room will be closed at least until tomorrow and we are in the process of assessing the damage and clean up time. There was a fair amount of water present, so we are doing a geotechnical assessment of the area. Because it was so wet we want to make sure it won’t affect the foundation and the building is safe and secure.”

Fire crews opened a drain to reduce the water level and have been pumping water out of the hospital.

The RCMP closed down roads near the hospital and B.C. Hydro crews were on the scene to mitigate any electrical problems.

“Our focus right now is to make sure our patients are safe and they get the services they need,” said Juma.

“We are working to set up a temporary emergency center at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre. The B.C. Ambulance Service is diverting patients to other sites and a regional emergency operations center has been established, which will coordinate services that need to be provided to deal with the situation.”

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A sad story – and one that is sure to involve insurance companies!

It looks like it will be a very busy December for Tikal as we start work on a new BC Biomedical lab tomorrow in Surrey, plan for 2 Christmas shut down projects, get 2 Pharmasaves ready to open and push full steam ahead with the Eco Depot buildings in Pritchard.

hello week-end

We had a busy Friday with a tender closing, Shiro’s discharge from Women’s Hospital, a busy day at the soon to open BC Biomedical lab in Aberdeen Mall, Richmond and 2 children excited about spending the pending week-end with their mom!

The business community including the construction sector seems pleased with the new budget of the BC Liberal government.  This article is from the Journal of Commerce:

February 27, 2012

Capital spending takes a small hit in tight B.C. budget


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The 2012 B.C. Budget will reduce capital spending on the construction of basic infrastructure and increase some corporate income taxes, as part of a plan to eliminate the provincial deficit in the next two years.

“Generally, I think it’s a prudent budget that is based on a reasonable forecast,” said Keith Sashaw, president of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association.

“The government is taking steps to ensure there is a strong fiscal environment. Given what is going on in the rest of the world, this is the prudent thing to do.”

Finance Minister Kevin Falcon delivered the 2012 B.C. Budget in Victoria on Feb. 21.

He described it as a prudent and disciplined plan in a challenging world economic environment.

“We made a commitment to the people of British Columbia to return to balanced budgets by 2013-14,” said Falcon.

“We will honour that commitment.”

Budget 2012 forecasts a deficit of $968 million in 2012-13, and surpluses of $154 million in 2013-14 and $250 million in 2014-5.

The latest quarterly figures forecast a deficit of $2.5 billion for 2011-12.

Capital spending on public infrastructure between 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 is expected to total about $19.2 billion.

“There is a commitment to continued capital spending,” said Sashaw.

“The government’s expenditures between 2009 and last year were a response to the economic downturn. The budget recognizes that the private sector will start to step  up, which we are seeing signs of, in particular the projects that are going to be built in the northern part of the province.”

The updated forecast estimates that total capital spending will be $7.141 billion for 2011-2.

However, total capital spending is forecast to fall to $7.103 in 2012-2013, $6.03 billion in 2013-2014 and $6.035 billion in 2014-2015.

The Business Council of British Columbia agreed that the 2012 budget is taking a responsible and cautious approach to managing the province’s finances at a time of considerable economic uncertainty.

“The business council believes in balanced budgets and we were hoping that the government would continue with its fiscal plan aimed at eliminating the operating deficit in a timely manner,” stated Greg D’Avignon,  president and CEO of the Business Council of B.C.

“While there will be challenges in returning to the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) in 2013, we believe this budget strikes the right tone to position the province as a desired investment location. The combination of sound budget policies and an attractive overall investment climate will serve as a platform for growth and jobs going forward.”

B.C. will return to the PST on April 1, 2013.

The government will raise the HST rebate threshold for new home buyers to $850,000, from the current $525,000, on April 1, 2012.

This means more than 90 per cent of newly built homes will now be eligible for a provincial HST rebate of up to $42,500.

The small business corporate tax rate will be maintained at 2.5 per cent, instead of being reduced to zero, as had been planned for this coming April.

This decision will be revisited after the fiscal situation has improved.

If the fiscal situation worsens, the fiscal plan includes a temporary one-point increase in the general corporate income tax rate to 11 per cent, effective April 1, 2014.

However, the requirement to implement this tax measure will be re-evaluated in next year’s budget.

In addition, the government plans to generate revenue by selling off so called non-strategic surplus assets.

The government forecasts B.C.’s economy will grow by 1.8 per cent in 2012, 2.2 per cent in 2013 and 2.5 per cent per cent in 2014.

Over the next three years, government will contain spending growth to an annual average of two per cent.

Aberdeen Centre

We meet today for a pre construction meeting of the new tenant improvement for BC Biomedical Laboratories at Aberdeen Centre in Richmond.  It will be an interesting looking lab when it is complete with bamboo plywood and a stainless steel feature greeting you at the reception.  Now, to push forward for a Halloween opening at the Coquitlam lab we are working on now.


As the September weather becomes more seasonal after a heat wave, we have wrapped up the renovation of the Williams Lake Liquor store and the  change room renovation at the Maple Ridge Pool.  As new projects get started for the fall including the new lab for BC Biomedical Laboratories on Lansdowne in Coquitlam, what else is new in the construction world?  At you can find videos of a new noise barrier at YVR, moped riding electricians in downtown Vancouver and musings about possible future trends in the industry.

A glance at the rearview mirror – the year in review

Good bye 2010.  It was a banner year for Tikal Construction Ltd. with the best business for one year  since 1991 when we built a couple of large patrol yard office additions for the Ministry of Transportation in Shabaqua and Upsala, Ontario.  This year we welcomed new customers The Co-operators, Rip Curl Canada and Pita Pit and were happy to be working again with BC Biomedical Laboratories and Westminster Savings Credit Union.  

We welcomed new people on board such as Mark, Chris and Andrew and said good bye to Dwayne, wishing him well.  We will soon be saying so long to Tina as she takes her maternity leave.  Luigi may be serious about retiring this year as he turns 70.  We are thankful to have such a good team in place including Peter, Oskar,  A.J., and Shiro.

We are looking forward to another good year in 2011 with the economy on a gentle upswing. 

 At home, we are excited about Carla getting her tonsils and adenoids removed at Children’s Hospital early in January which should help her breathing which can be troublesome at night.  We are also excited that she will soon be joining Keshi at pre school – but not as excited as both girls are! 

Here is a photo of Shiro at Manhattan Beach south of Los Angeles from our recent trip there.  The previous blog postings photo was of Carla, Keshi and I facing the Pacific watching the sun set in the same place.

a late October snippet

Another sunny October day.  Work looks busy, busy until Christmas … and then?  Time to start estimating and getting the word out to minimize the inevitable January/February slowdown.  Projects starting soon in Newton and Vancouver for Co-operators as well as 2 to complete in the next month or so in Maple Ridge for and   Many of us are looking forward to the catered lunch at the credit union site tomorrow.  There aren’t many clients out there who are as good to work for!

It is the last week of Grandpa’s BC sojourn which is his transition between independent living in the hinterlands to living in a senior’s center in Thunder Bay.  He is a little uneasy about it, as it will be a new way of life for him.  We will have a small potluck send off for him this Friday night.

Carla is looking forward to her first ballet class this weekend.  Keshi is thrilled to be able to show off some of the moves to her little sister that she has learned in her 2 years plus of lessons.