Fraser River Pile & Dredge (FRPD) and its joint venture partner, BEL Contracting, were recently awarded for their work on the Fairview Container Terminal – Phase 2 North Expansion project in Prince Rupert, B.C. The two companies won silver in the over $50 million category of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association’s (VRCA) 30th Annual Awards of Excellence. “This year, we received a record-setting 205 nominations with a total construction value of more than $2 billion dollars.” said Tony Everett, chairman of VRCA’s Awards of Excellence Committee. “As judges, we were impressed by how companies overcame a range of challenges, from engineering and design firsts to building in difficult weather conditions.”

The project scope, undertaken in 2015, included the development of a new berth expansion, upgrades to the existing caisson wharf, new mooring dolphin, new empty container stacking yard, and new container storage yards. Despite challenging ground conditions and ongoing operations at the terminal, the project was completed on time and on budget. No small accomplishment, as noted by the VRCA award judges in their remarks and recognized by Maksim Mihic, general manager of DP World (Canada) Inc. which operates the terminal. “We have successfully completed expansion projects with this team in the past.” said Mihic. “They are all premier companies in their category — and not surprisingly, they delivered a quality product this time too.”

“FRPD and our partners at BEL Contracting and Kingston Construction are very proud of winning the silver award and of our involvement in the Fairview expansion project,” said FRPD CEO Sarah Clark in an emailed statement. “This project was a success due to the collaboration with DP World and the Prince Rupert Port Authority, the tremendous support from the community and the commitment from our suppliers and subcontractors. We look forward to working in Prince Rupert again.”

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