Commercial and Office

Commercial enterprises can become landmarks that define a cityscape where business and commerce is conducted. For greater than 60 years the Farmer Group of Companies has been pouring the foundation of many commercial projects throughout the Capital Region, Vancouver Island and the lower mainland.

Often one of the more interesting and challenging aspects of multi-story construction is the work in the ground. Our experienced associates are capable of creating “in-house” much of the conceptual design associated with the shoring, underpinning and seismic restraint anchors commonly required for these types of structures, thus enabling us to minimize the time and cost to complete this work.

Not limited to retail and office spaces, hotels and resorts also enhance our vibrant commercial communities.

Island Savings Credit Union

With successful branch installations completed in Duncan, Tuscany Village and Jubilee in Victoria, Farmer Construction is pleased to work with Island Savings Credit Union as their General Contractor completing tenant improvements at their newest Victoria location at Mayfair and in the island community of Chemainus.

Parker Johnston Industries Warehouse - Tilt Up

Commercial and residential roofing contractor Parker Johnston Industries has moved its operations to Saanichton. A great example of tilt-up technology, this building took 9 months from pre-construction phase to post-construction phase completion.


Tilt-up structures, though limited to four stories, option cost saving opportunities to developers as these buildings, whether used commercially or industrially can be installed quickly and efficiently and remain low maintenance and durable.

Our Tilt Up clients include Safeway Canada, Canadian Tire, and most recently Parker Johnston Industries Ltd.,

The Sovereign

This modern boutique style residential and commercial property features an automobile elevator that descends two levels into the clay and bedrock of Victoria’s city center. As the General Contractor for this urban community project, we were excited to see its completion the end of August 2013.

Parkside Victoria Resort and Spa

Within walking distance of downtown Victoria and steps from historic St. Ann’s Academy, Parkside’s three story glass and green rooftop atrium is now home to Victoria’s historic Crystal Gardens exotic plant collection and helps insulate the building against the chill of the winter and heat of the summer months. The project, completed in 2009, is targeting LEED Platinum status and is one of Canada’s first hotel and resort developments to have installed electric car charging terminals in the parking garage. Two concrete residential condominium towers compliment the main resort. Farmer, as the Construction Manager built this $53M project.

Poet’s Cove at Bedwell Harbour, Pender Island BC

As Construction Manager we built Poet’s Cove Resort which includes the hotel, 15 luxury cottages, 9 villas, two restaurants and a spa. Completed in 2004, the resort also boasts a marine centre and pool.

Sussex Place

11 story, twelve thousand square foot office tower sits on two levels of underground parking. The original brick façade (foreground) was retained during construction using underpinning and lateral support methods that were designed by our project managers “in house”.

Richard Blanchard Building

As Construction Manager selected by British Columbia Building Corporation we managed the refurbishment of the building that is the Ministry of Health. To complete the project the existing building was stripped to basic structure and a new high performance curtain wall glazing system containing portions of photovoltaic panels was installed, as well as seismic dampers and a new electrical, data and mechanical systems.

The Vogue on Government

located at 1450 Government Street, the century old Albion Ironworks timber frame warehouse and office building was converted into loft condominiums and ground floor commercial space for Mountain Equipment Co-op. Seismic upgrades included large concrete transfer beams installed in the basement to facilitate the removal of central timber columns to allow a drive isle for underground parking. Featured in the property’s courtyard design are cast iron panels from Victoria’s historic Driard Hotel (1892) and art deco terra cotta frieze, a 1930’s artifact recovered by the City of Victoria when Kresge’s Department store was demolished in 1989.

Coast Harbourside Hotel and Residences

Completed in 1991, this Coast Hotel and two adjacent condominium towers round out Laurel Point in James Bay. The marina has grown with and complements this waterfront community in Victoria harbour.

Wickaninnish Inn

Retained as the Construction Manager, Farmer built the “5 Star” complementary Wickaninnish on the Beach, an addition to the existing property exclusive to the Relais and Chateau chain of inns.

Union Centre

Trade tendered prices exceeded the owner’s budget but the architectural concrete precast cladding elements originally proposed where completed by a concrete cast-in-place method introduced by Farmer resulting in significant cost savings and with pleasing results to the owner.

Canadian Auto Workers Union Hall, New Westminster BC

Built on the slopes of the Fraser River in New West, the CAW Union Hall is clad in glass and metal panels.

Waddington Building

Home to the Victoria Public Library’s main branch and multiple government offices, this five story building is constructed over three levels of underground parking. 25,000 cubic yards of concrete was formed and poured in ten months to complete this project.

Other Commercial Projects

  • Uptown Shopping Centre Phase 1 – concrete form and pour
  • St. Andrew’s Square – this post-tensioned concrete structure has 3 floors of underground parking
  • Harbourside Coast Hotel and Marina – new build
  • Royal Bank of Canada, Victoria BC - main branch
  • McDonald’s Restaurants Canada, Pandora Street – new build
  • Delta Credit Union, Surrey BC – new build
  • Centra Gas Headquarters, Victoria BC – new build
  • McDonald’s Restaurant, Shelbourne Street – phased expansion
  • Safeway Grocery at Tillicum Mall – new installation
  • Woodgrove Shopping Centre, Nanaimo BC – 550,000 sq ft new build
  • St. Eugene Mission Resort, Cranbrook BC
  • Construction Manager to St. Mary’s Indian Band resort hotel casino, $20M new build
  • Chateau Victoria Hotel – new build
  • UVic - Dunsmuir Lodge Hotel and Restaurant Renovation
  • Delta Mountain Inn – renovations
  • Parson’s Place Shopping Centre
  • Embassy Hotel, Victoria BC – new build
  • Zellers Park Royal, West Vancouver
  • Zellers Port Alberni
  • Zellers New Westminster
  • Zellers Oakridge Centre, Vancouver

Contact Us

The Farmer Group of Companies
360 Harbour Rd, Victoria, BC V9A 3S1

Phone: 250-388-5121
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