Special Projects

We specialize in training Estimators, Project Managers and Field Supervisors to service our clients’ needs in areas such as renovations, restorations and heritage reproductions.

The Farmer Group company crews have the expertise to service a variety of projects like retail and commercial tenant improvements and interior and exterior renovations to all building types, including Institutional, Commercial or Residential envelope repair, balcony replacements and window fenestration.  Our experience extends also to the installation of computer manufacturing “Clean Rooms” and building seismic upgrades.

Your project is one of a kind. Whether a new client or repeat patron, our personalized and dedicated teams understand that your project details are of paramount importance to you and so to us as well.

Proudly, some of our special projects include:

Well established on Vancouver Island, Farmer has built many landmark structures, especially in Victoria, using a unique blend of experience and willingness to embrace new ideas.

Boulder’s Climbing Gym at Stelly’s Secondary School

This newly expanded 18’ climbing wall located at Stelly’s Secondary School just north of Victoria was completed in December of 2011. It has been recognized as a world class facility, the new home to events like the Western Youth Climbing Championship, and future events such as the 2013 World Climbing Championships. Participation in this project is another example of our commitment to building community.

Selkirk Trestle Conversion

Owned by the Provincial Government, the Selkirk Trestle is one of five trestle restorations and conversions Farmer has constructed along the Galloping Goose Trail on Southern Vancouver Island. Managed by the Capital Regional District, this linear pedestrian trail is a restored rail right of way which runs from Sooke to Sidney.

Pemberton Chapel at the Royal Jubilee Hospital

Pemberton Chapel at RJH is an interdenominational chapel built in 1909 and became “landlocked” after the completion of Royal Jubilee’s Diagnostic and Treatment Facility in 2003. The Nurses Alumni Association spearheaded the drive to solicit the chapel restoration and building breezeway project costs and Farmer agreed to manage this venture, contributing together with their partnered site subtrades and suppliers $310,000.00 of the $500,00.00 budget.

The Vogue

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.

Young Building – Camosun College

A yearlong exterior restoration of the 1913 Young Building at Camosun’s Lansdowne campus was completed in the fall of 2000 and the work recognized in 2001 by the Heritage Society of British Columbia for outstanding achievement in heritage conservation as well as receiving the Hallmark Society’s Louis Award. The exterior brick and sandstone was replaced by reinforced concrete, fiberglass wrap seismic upgrading and reinstallation of the masonry cladding. The original sandstone was replaced with replicated manufactured cast stone.

Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre

Originally constructed as a mental institution, this 1913 building was later converted to a correctional facility. Farmer was contracted by the BC Building Corporation to demolish the entire internal structure while ensuring the original exterior façade remained intact. Farmer built a new reinforced concrete structure within the walls and restored the exterior masonry and sandstone façade.

Other Special Projects Current and Historic

  • Island Savings Credit Union – facility installations and tenant improvements
  • Sea West Quay at Maitland – window replacement
  • Lord and Lady Simcoe Residential Towers – balcony restoration
  • Water’s Edge – north entry walkway remediation
  • Spirit Square – landscape renovation and art installation at Victoria’s Centennial Square
  • Victoria General Hospital – CT Scanner installation
  • Visitors Information Centre Victoria Inner Harbour – conversion from gas bar to tourist information building
  • Camosack Manor – window replacement program
  • Food Services Building at Royal Jubilee Hospital – seismic upgrading
  • Best Western Carlton Plaza Hotel – cost saving exterior reproduction replacement of terra-cotta cornice and window surrounds
  • Masonic Lodge Hall – interior and exterior restorations
  • Victoria Inner Harbour Causeway - installation.

Contact Us

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

Phone: 250-388-5121
Email: farmer@farmer-ltd.com
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