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Residential | GROUP LEPINE LTD. Rentals vs. Condos ‘A Group Lepine Ltd. “It’s a big house I’m building for myself, and I’ve got so many rooms I rent them out.” –Francis Lepine, owner/president Lepine Ltd. is »Grouprental projects building more than condominiums now. ONE DEVELOPER PREFERS RENTALS BECAUSE HE DEALS WITH ONE CUSTOMER – HIMSELF. BY RUSS GAGER has made his or her [amenity] selections. It’s a lot of coordination with rental is not the same thing as a condominium – it’s a completely different niche,” asserts Francis Lepine, owner/presi- condos vs. a rental.” Group Lepine Ltd. builds and manages its buildings for itself. “It’s a big dent of Group Lepine Ltd. “They look similar, but they are house I’m building for myself, and I’ve got so many rooms I rent them not conceived and built the same way. Very often, the out,” Lepine jokes. “When you look at it, sometimes that’s how it feels – appeal of the building will be more important when selling a condobeing your own general contractor to make on-site decisions very minium. You have to shave costs off the basic operating cost of the quickly. Questions are decided in matters of hours rather than the weeks building, perhaps from structural and mechanical, in favor of keeping it would normally take through the regular process.” for yourself some budget allocations for finishes, because this is what The company was started in 1952 and is family-owned. Five siblings the consumer sees in the end. There’s a certain limit to how much a conwork in the business in several spinoffs. dominium building can go up in cost and still be “We’re all independent, and we work in differable to sell it and make ends meet. ent associations and teams depending on the “The flip side with the rentals when it comes www.grouplepineottawa.ca projects,” Lepine explains. Francis Lepine works to the finishes is there’s the advantage of being able to mass produce, since you’re only dealing • Headquarters: Kanata, Ontario, Canada in the Ottawa area. Another group works in the Montreal area and a brother of his in Florida. with one customer who has already preselect• Services: Multi-unit residential real ed all the finishes rather than in a condo, estate developer/builder where you’re dealing with every purchaser Gentrifying Downtown Ottawa making numerous selections,” Lepine points In the past decade, Group Lepine Ltd. built six out. “In many instances, you cannot finish the multi-unit residential projects, mostly in downcondo until you’ve sold it and the customer town Ottawa. The Terraces Gabrielle is the com- CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY 2010
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - January 2010
Construction Today - January 2010
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
Product Showcase: Software and New Technology
Nicholson Construction Co.
Gilchrist Construction Co.
Turner Construction Co.: MIC Rental Car Center
Union Concrete Construction: Outer Harbor Parkway Project
D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp.
Worldwide Rental Services
AmQuip Crane Corp.
EIC Associates Inc.
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
CANA Construction: TELUS World of Science
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Harvey-Cleary Builders: City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: Granada Hills High School
Pirtle Construction Co.: City of Miami College
Sundt: East Contra Costa
Taylor & Parrish Inc.: Carole Weinstein International Center
Turner Construction Co.: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Turner Construction Co.: Duval Unified County Courthouse Facility
Weddle Brothers Construction Co. Inc.
AP Construction Inc.: Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Boldt Co.: Luther Midelfort Hospital Expansion
Choate Construction: NGCSU Projects
Donley’s LLC: Bavaro Hall at the University of Virginia
EllisDon: Woodstock General Hospital
McCarty Corp.: Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters
Munlake Contractors Inc.
Murray Company: Kiowa Country Memorial Hospital
River City Construction LLC
Skyline Roofing Ltd.
SpawGlass: Austin Community College Round Rock Campus
W.E. O’Neil Construction: Downtown Women's Center Project
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
Ecco III Enterprises Inc.
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. Inc.
Baker Electric Inc.
Chester Bross Construction Co.
Titan Wrecking & Environmental LLC
Last Look: Urban Landmarks
Construction Today - January 2010