35 years in construction, two 2011 NLCA awards
© Krysta Colbourne photo
From left, office staff of Bluebird Investments Limited, who won the 2011 Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association (NLCA) General Contractor Award of Excellence, Robert Young, Rosalind Budgell, Adam Lane, Owen Young and David Perry. Missing from photo are David Perry Senior and Kevin Langdon. Owen Young was also the first person in central Newfoundland to be inducted into the NLCA Hall of Fame.
Even though the business is in Grand Falls-Windsor, Bluebird Investments Limited is known throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
"Ninety per cent of our work is by public tender," said Owen Young, president and office manager. "So we work all over Newfoundland and Labrador. We worked as far north as Nain, and we have crews in Wabush and Labrador City now."
This year both Young, and the business itself, won provincial awards from the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association (NLCA) at the conference and convention March 1-3.
The company was the recipient of the 2011 NLCA General Contractor Award of Excellence, which, according to NLCA, is presented in recognition of commitment and support of the construction industry in this province, in particular, the general contractor sector.
Also, Young was the first person in central Newfoundland to be inducted into the NLCA Hall of Fame.
According to the NLCA, "this award is designed to recognize candidates who have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit and have a record of outstanding contributions and achievements throughout their career, over 30 years, in the construction industry."
There are currently only three in Newfoundland and Labrador, as this was the first year for the inductions, Young said, adding he was honoured.
Young began the business in November of 1977.
From a modest beginning, it has experienced stead growth over the years and has participated in a number of both public and private projects.
In 2011, Bluebird Investments Limited had a long list of projects, and worked on projects upwards of $20,000,000.
Projects in 2011 ranged from a new school in Baie Verte, a new long term care facility in Lewisporte, an extension on the College of the North Atlantic Grand Falls-Windsor campus, a gymnasium extension on Exploits Valley High in Grand Falls-Windsor, and an extension on a school in Gander.
A new weigh scale facility in Wabush, new administration offices, maintenance garage and so on for the Central Regional Waste Management at eight locations, and several other projects were also on that list.
Employing at least 60 people at peek seasons, the workforce includes experienced carpenters, heavy equipment operators, labourers, roofers, and so on.
The business also received a certificate for 30 years in the association.
This November will mark 35 years in the construction business for the company.
Why stay involved in construction for 35 years?
"The reason why we have been around so long, I guess, is we have good people working for us," Young said. "That's a fact because if you didn't have the properly trained people, you wouldn't be able to get anywhere with it."