Structures that are integral parts of our government and public infrastructure communities include educational facilities, hospitals and correctional facilities.
Some of our larger projects include the development of the University of Victoria’s Engineering and Computer Science Building, the Royal Jubilee Hospital and the restoration of the historic Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Facility.
BC Cancer Agency – Vancouver Island Cancer Centre
Expansion and renovation.
UVIC Engineering Computer Science Building
Completed on budget in 2006, the University of Victoria’s Engineering and Computer Science Building is the second campus building to earn Gold accreditation status in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating system. The building boasts sustainable design features including optimized natural light, a recycled water plumbing system and natural landscaping, and is 25% more energy efficient that the model described by the national energy code for buildings.
UVIC Medical Sciences
The first building on campus to achieve LEED Gold accreditation.
UVIC Continuing Studies Building
The Continuing Studies Building was completed in 2003 with a design focus on low impact development. The building features low flush toilets, energy efficient light fixtures and showers for cyclists. The landscaping is designed to improve storm-water quality and reduce water runoff. Like the University of Victoria, the Farmer Group of Companies advocates sustainability in planning and building operations.
RJH Diagnostic and Treatment Centre
Originally tendered at $65M and after construction was well underway, additional funding provided opportunity to increase square footage and relocate several departments. In spite of some 400 changes which increased project costs by $17M, Farmer, as the General Contractor, was able to open the facility within 3 months of its original 30 month schedule. This medical complex includes 16 operating theatres, pathology laboratories, digital imaging units and multiple intensive and critical care departments. On the same site we concurrently constructed the RJH Renal Dialysis Unit and a four story parking garage.
Selkirk Montessori Private School, Victoria BC
This Design Build project is part of the ever growing Selkirk Waterfront development. A development that continues to build community in which we all can live, work and play.
Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences
with support from the Ministry of Education and Western Economic Diversification Canada and matching funds from the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR), the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Science was built on land donated by the City of Port Alberni and opened to students in 2011. PCU is committed to excellence in teaching and research, scholarship and service to the broader community; a degree granting education and research institution for the special purpose of creating and dissemination new knowledge including applied research in the fields of workplace safety, health promotion, return to work and disability management, comprehensive rehabilitation and disability leadership studies. (content credit – PCU Mission Statement) Farmer acted as Construction Manager and General Contractor to NIDMAR for this very significant global community project.
Dover Bay Secondary School, Nanaimo BC
A new build and completed under budget, Dover Bay Secondary serves 1000 students in its community.
Frances Kelsey Senior Secondary, Mill Bay BC
A new build completed in 1994 within budget, this senior secondary serves 1500 students in the South Cowichan community just north of Victoria.
Camosun College Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence
Built to meet LEED Gold Certification, the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence was completed in 2008. A concrete and structural steel training facility, PISE is focused to provide unprecedented sport education and athlete development in an environment incorporating Green Building principles that consider the use of natural ventilation and angled glass walls to moderate building temperatures, storm water treatment and recycled construction materials among others. As the Construction Manager “At Risk”, Farmer was excited to have been an integral member of the team that made this worthy project a reality.
The Newton Library, designed by Patkau Architects, opened in Surrey in 1992. Architectural historian Harold Kalman wrote of its design, "The library is a boldly angular structure that distinguishes itself from the dull sameness of the instant Surrey townscape. The inverted gable roof is supported by assertive angled glued-laminated wood columns and beams. Two of these frames form a portal at the entrance. The canted aluminum box on the roof contains the air-conditioning equipment. The interior features: a large, open, and naturally illuminated reading room; public areas where the roof rises high, and intimate areas where it dips low." Patkau Architects won the 1994 Governor General Award for Architecture for their design of the Newton Library and architectural students continue to visit regularly to appreciate it.
FP Innovations (formerly Forintek)
Canada’s Wood Products Research Institute The Western laboratory, located in Vancouver on the University of British Columbia endowment lands, is built entirely of wood species indigenous to Western Canada. The architectural design of the cathedral ceiling in the main reception area and branching hallways is patterned after a forest environment. This building was constructed in 1990, not only to display the aesthetic beauty of wood and its functionality in a non-residential application, but also to demonstrate the cost-competitiveness of wood in industrial applications. Farmer earned The Journal of Commerce Award of Excellence for innovative construction techniques. Our own forces detailed, fabricated and installed the massive parallam trusses seen throughout the building structure.
Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific
One of 13 United World College partners, Pearson College of the Pacific committed to sustainability practices as early as its construction in 1973. A cluster of cedar structures nestled into Pedder Bay on southern Vancouver Island Pearson College continues to welcome students from around the world, each a representative of their own cultures promoting through education and exchange, a greater understanding between the peoples of the world.
Other Institutional Projects
- Maria Montessori Academy – addition and renovation
- Saanich Commonwealth Place – Skylight Replacement
- Rockheights Middle School, Esquimalt BC – addition and renovation
- University of Victoria – Welcome Centre, Knowledge Infrastructure Program and Decanting
- Royal Bank Canada – Fort and Douglas Victoria, BC
- BC Transit – utilidor and oil line replacement
- Canadian Border Services Agency – offices installation
- Veteran’s Affairs – offices installation
- Defence Construction Canada – new build Corrosive Fluid Facility at MARPAC
- North Saanich Middle School – concrete foundation and tilt up installation
- Victoria General Hospital – CT scanner installation, processing and sterilization redevelopment
- Cordova Bay Community Centre – Construction Manager – preconstruction phase
- Victoria Sobering and Assessment Centre – VIHA
- Royal Jubilee Hospital – seismic upgrades