North Perimeter Construction Ltd.: Forging Steel-strong Client Relationships

Collaboration and teamwork are the foundation for North Perimeter Construction Ltd. (NPC) and its tougher-than-steel reputation. The medium-sized construction firm approaches every project with the long-term needs of clients in mind, so that every building can be cost-effective in terms of construction and long-term operation without cutting corners.

The NPC team – which includes professional engineers, architects, project managers, estimators, safety officers and site superintendents – supports its clients with a broad selection of services rooted in safety, which enables the company to provide clients with the most well-managed, efficient and profitable operations in whatever capacity is needed. No matter the job or delivery method – including design-build, general contracting or project management services – the NPC team commits to delivering the best construction experience possible as an acknowledgement that NPC’s continued success is the result of building long-term relationships with clients.

NPC calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, home, which positions the company to work with clients in some of the most populated areas across the province and into Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario. Moreover, the NPC team remains flexible and agile enough to work with clients even in more remote locations, up north around Thompson. “We’re mostly focused on work within Winnipeg and the surrounding areas, but we have the ability and the capabilities to coordinate projects across the province,” adds Bob Garet, president and founder of NPC.

Garet founded NPC in 1986 to break out on his own after a career spent with a similarly focused contracting operation in the region, and NPC has grown and evolved over the years because of the company’s unwavering focus on developing a loyal following of clientele through an approach that emphasizes the importance of building value for the owner and the end user. This focus is one of the reasons why NPC works extensively with prefabricated metal building systems, which enable the team to provide site services planning along with a building that has been proven to withstand Manitoba’s extreme climate.

Up to the Task

Southern Manitoba may experience some of the clearest skies in the country and a relatively long frost-free period on average, but locals know how quickly the weather can turn sour, while northern Manitobans can attest to the province’s bitterly cold winters. To help address these environments and offer the highest quality, cost-effective structures, NPC became an authorized dealer and material-handling agent for Steelway Building Systems, Canada’s leading manufacturer of steel building systems. Steelway systems are known for being some of the most durable systems available and also for being entirely designed, engineered and manufactured within Canada.

The various Steelway products can be combined to meet any aesthetic – from the industrial feel of a corrugated steel-clad building to the more modern feel of a glass, metal and concrete surface that looks nothing like the steel buildings of yore. As an added bonus, Steelway products can be easily integrated with traditional post and beam construction methods, ensuring NPC can find the most cost-effective and durable combination of products for every design.

The NPC team has the experience and skills necessary to provide design-build service or simply project management and general contracting services as needed, and this diversity has helped the company establish a presence in commercial, industrial and institutional market sectors. The added flexibility also ensures that NPC will be able to work with clients as the need arises, which has led to NPC launching ongoing care services as well to handle everything from a minor repair to a major reroofing and recladding project or even the construction of an addition to an existing building.

NPC subs out the majority of work, except for erecting and concrete work, and the company’s team of 15 to 25 staff concentrates primarily on consummate management of building packages to assure customer satisfaction. Approximately 70 percent of NPC’s business comes from repeat clients and the ongoing care services stand as proof that NPC will be there for the client throughout the life cycle of the building.

Building on Experience

“It’s not luck that pulled us through the past few years either,” asserts Garet. “It was hard work.” NPC focused on broadening its horizons for the past few years, looking for long-term projects in industries where it could be most competitive. Building on experience, NPC managed to negotiate the contract for the construction of the MTS Iceplex and Hockey Canada Centre of Excellence in Winnipeg, delivering the project on time in August 2010, just over a year from breaking ground.

“We were very happy to obtain the metal system package for the MTS Iceplex,” adds Garet. The structure itself sprawls across 177,000 square feet and holds four separate regulation-sized ice rinks under one roof with ample spectator seating. NPC supplied and installed all of the steel for the frame and wall systems, working with a combination of stone grey cladding and a charcoal fascia. The company also used multi-span frames and a 30-foot eave to create the expansive interior of a multi-rink arena.

As a Hockey Canada Centre of Excellence, the building provides facilities that are consistent with the Centre of Excellence program’s goals to develop the best athletes possible. The centre provides 20 players dressing rooms, four officials dressing rooms, a goalie-training centre and plenty of office and meeting spaces along with a pro shop and plenty of concessions and a restaurant and lounge.

Additional larger projects have included designing and constructing the 88,000-square foot All Points self-storage complex consisting of a 16,000-square foot office and warehouse and five self-storage buildings, and erecting Phase 2 of the PCU Centre in Portage La Prairie. NPC also took the time to build itself some new headquarters as well and relocated its offices earlier in 2012. The new office has been redesigned to provide a more efficient flow of information between management, engineering and administration staff.

As NPC settles into its new home the company will continue to push its team to ensure clients receive the construction support that the company prides itself on providing. Given the company’s strategic location and the team’s experience it will be no surprise to see North Perimeter Construction Ltd. continue to set a high standard for Manitoba’s construction and metal building systems market.