A Kootenay business has won the Contractor of the Year Award for 2015.
Crescent Valley’s Selkirk Paving was awarded the Deputy Minister’s Contractor of the Year Award in the category of paving at a ceremony hosted by the BC Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association on Friday, Dec. 4 in Victoria.
“This award is well-deserved and highlights the excellent work performed by Selkirk Paving to improve the essential Highway 3 corridor and side-road network, along with the true community spirit shown when crews went above and beyond the job at hand,” said Todd Stone, minister of transportation and infrastructure, in a press release. “Congratulations as well to the other finalists for their great work this year in keeping BC’s transportation network safe and reliable for the travelling public.”
Selkirk Paving won the award for the Highway 3 Bombi Junction to Nelway Junction resurfacing project.
The $4.8-million contract included paving 26 kilometres of Highway 3 south of Salmo, paving five kilometres of side roads, and paving on municipal roads in partnership with the Village of Fruitvale and the Village of Salmo.
The other finalists in the category were Peter’s Bros. Construction Ltd. for Highway 27 Braeside Road to Stuart River and O.K. Industries Ltd. for Highway 19 Eve River Bridge to Tsitika River Bridge resurfacing project and the Roberts Lake/Sayward Road shoulder widening.
Asked how he felt about winning the award, Tony Maida, operation manager, said “It was a great feeling and it’s a group effort, so it’s not just one individual, it’s right from the get-go, from the estimating … to the quality control to the guys laying it down. It was a good job by all.”
Selkirk Paving won the award based on excellent quality control and a brand new asphalt plant that produces lower emissions.
The crew also showed community spirit by working closely with local governments and donating their work at Salmo Youth Centre and on a Crescent Valley parking project.
“[We were] just working in the area and we give back to our communities,” said Maida.
They even responded to a local fire in Castlegar.
The Contractor of the Year Awards recognize construction and maintenance companies that demonstrate excellence in the categories of grading, paving, bridges and structures, safety innovation, and highway maintenance work throughout BC.