People got a look at the other side of the Gateway Retirement Community on Friday.
Western Industrial Contractors (WIC), the general contractors for the building at 20th Avenue and Victoria Street. invited guests to take a tour of the current facilities and recognize the work which had been done already. A fair bit of that work has been done by local apprentices. Project manager Rod Cryderman said the company knows about the upcoming shortage of skilled tradesmen.
“WIC is taking a key role in training apprentices for the city and the province,” he said, noting the on-site workforce is about 40 per cent apprentices.
Some of those apprentices had the chance to show off their nail-driving skills in a competition with Coun. Don Zurowski, Prince George-Omineca MLA John Rustad and associate director of trades at the College of New Caledonia Frank Rossi.
One comment heard from a number of those in attendance was “I’ve driven by here lots, but you can’t see how much work they’ve actually done.”
When complete, Gateway will have 94 complex-care units and 82 assisted-living units, as well as a commercial kitchen and laundry, a dining lounge, multi-purpose room, and other amenities.
WIC started work on the site in October, and Cryderman says they have a scheduled completion date of June 2009.