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Canada | TRIMEN ELECTRIC LTD.
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TRIMEN CAN DELIVER QUALITY BECAUSE OF ITS SKILLED TRADESMEN. BY STACI DAVIDSON
uality – in processes, delivery of work and the products themselves – is a key focus for most companies, if not an operation’s front-and-center concern. Businesses use their own ways to ensure quality, but those that maintain the best quality on a consistent basis are the companies that tend to rise to the top. Trimen Electric Ltd. is one of those market leaders, and its approach to quality work not only strengthens its own business, it also benefits the electrical contracting industry as a whole. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Trimen Electric is a licensed and bonded electrical contracting company that has the ability to provide clients with turnkey services through design/build and construction management methods. Focusing on schools and churches, as well as warehouse, tenant fit-up, strip mall and multifamily residential projects, Trimen Electric strives to perform quality electrical installations while maintaining a high level of customer service and satisfaction. The main way in which it accomplishes these goals is by remaining actively involved in training and apprenticeship programs. “I have been in the electrical contracting industry since 1975, and I worked my way up the ranks by gaining experience,” founder and President Roy Dawe explains. “Our work force is mostly electricians and journeyman electricians, because we believe strongly in using apprenticeship programs. All of our people started as apprentices and they’ve worked their way through the ranks. That level of experience is the best way to guarantee quality, and it helps the industry with more skilled workers.” In addition to being active in the Calgary Construction Association (CCA) and Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta, Trimen Electric also supports the CCA’s Youth Employment program, the Alberta government’s Career Pathways program and the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. “The Catholic Immigration Society has a great program,” Dawe says. “It allows recent immigrants who are familiar with our type of work to learn the Canadian standards. They train and work with us, and eventually become certified as Canadian electricians. Apprenticeships are for young people who want to get into the trade but don’t know how to go about it. Some of our key guys have come from that program, and they started with no experience. We also work with the Calgary Board of Education’s Career Pathways program, which is for high school students. We have about one or two students from that program each year.”
the »Trimen Electric provided the electrical installation on 165,000-square-foot West Calgary High School.
Dawe operated an electrical contracting business in Newfoundland for many years, but eventually made his way west and got to Calgary in 1997. He began working for a local company, but in 2000, with the help of two partners, took an opportunity to launch his own company again. Today, Trimen Electric has a work force of about 50 people, and has 10 to 15 active projects at any given time.
The company just finished work on the Whitehorn Multi Services Centre in Calgary, which involved the installation of electrical distribution and fire alarm systems. This was a complex project, Dawe says, but Trimen Electric delivered the work successfully by working closely with Stuart Olson, the construction manager. “This facility was fully operational while we were working, so that added to the project’s complexity,” he explains. “It was part of a project to upgrade the city’s emergency response systems, and it required a lot of planning and coordination before we even got to the site. We worked closely with Stuart Olson to stay on track. This was a construction management project, and although we have typically done hard-bid work, we’re doing a lot more construction management.” Demonstrating that it does not shy away from complex projects, Trimen Electric also recently finished work at a military museum for Public Works Canada. Trimen Electric was on that project site for 14 months while the museum was undergoing a major renovation. As was
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Bernards Construction – El Capitan High School
Bogner Construction Co. – College of Wooster Scot Center
Jean McClung Middle School
Hellas Sports Construction
The Walsh Group – NOAA Pacific Regional Headquarters
Haskell Co. – Scripps Proton Therapy Center
Robert A. Bothman Inc. – Stockton Unified School District
JE Dunn – Energy Systems Integration Facility
Rosendin Electric – AVUHSD Solar Project
Ratcliff Construction Company – Crossroads Church
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Flintco Pacific – Calaveras County Adult Detention Facility
Lee Lewis Construction – Angelo State University’s Plaza Verde Student Housing
Manhattan Construction – First Baptist Church of Dallas
Market & Johnson – Eau Claire County Courthouse project
McTech Corp – 97th Military Police Battalion Headquarters
Parkland Health & Hospital System
Central Building and Preservation – Randolph Tower City Apartments
Scaparotti Construction Group
Trinity Properties – Trinity Place
Advanced Real Estate Services
Lawrence B. Wohl Inc./Wohl Diversified Services
TN Ward and Commercial Interiors – Maryland Live
ASX Construction – Parc Lafayette
Bayland Buildings Inc.
Dependable Mechanical Systems
New Dawn Developments
Aquilini Development and Construction Inc.
Cobalt Construction – Meta Housing
Pratt and Associates LLC
MP J.J. Duffy Joint Venture/Pathway Senior Living LLC – Victory Centre Vernon Hills
Aecom/Inima Joint Venture – Hialeah, Fla., Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – Austin Water Treatment Plant No. 4
Pepper-Lawson Construction – Missouri City Surface Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – AWT Improvements
Blount Contracting Inc.
Harbor Offshore Services
Cruz Construction Inc.
Nova-Con Projects Ltd.
EllisDon Corp. – Atlantic Region
EllisDon Corp. – St. Joseph's Regional Mental Health Care
Intercom Services Immobiliers
George Brown College – New Waterfront Campus
Seaside Transportation Services
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