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At the foundation of your project

Talk to us about our concrete services today!

 

 

As of this month, we’re thrilled to be offering top-notch and bespoke concrete services, including but not limited to:

  • Sidewalks
  • Garages
  • Carports
  • Driveways
  • Patios
  • Floor toppings
  • Pre-cast pavers
  • Stamped and dyed commissions
  • Custom countertops
  • Concrete stairs
  • Retaining walls/foundation walls
  • Suspended slabs
  • Parging
  • Custom finish
  • Washing and cleaning

 

We specialize in highly custom concrete work, whether it be placing, forming, or finishing in any application or style. Julian is the latest addition to our team, and as our residential concrete expert he brings decades of experience in managing and operating highly diverse, structurally sound, and beautifully formed concrete projects. Our concrete works are sure to exceed the vision of your mind’s eye!

 

Originally from Costa Rica and growing up in Kelowna, Julian (or Concrete Jay to his friends) has been in the trades since the age of 13. From an early age, Jay acquired experience beyond his years. He was grateful to have a young start, to fill his formative years with valuable skills and overcome any rookie mistakes early towards a strong lifelong career. After losing his best friend at 16 and subsequently dropping out of school Jay leaned into the trades further to support his family and avoid the street life that was luring other vulnerable children his age. At the age of 20, Jay decided he wanted to see the world from a better vantage. He moved to Victoria to apply his skills in the ongoing construction boom of that time.

 

Jay found employment as an apprentice at the development of FMF Esquimalt with Scansa Construction. He soon proved himself as one of the most valuable players in the field, and was buzzing all over the site, especially as he was promoted to rigging the crane. His name was the most common on the work radio. One day when having lunch, he was approached by the superintendent of Houle Electric, he recognized his name immediately. Houle offered Jay an electrician apprenticeship on the spot. Within weeks, Jay was terminating high voltage cables, and attended Camosun to study the electrical trade further.  

 

 

 
 

Longing to return to commercial work, however, Jay joined Knight Construction. There, he worked on a number of high-profile developments across Victoria. Jay fondly recalls working on the Janion and peering down at the Johnson Street Bridge which was also being built at this time. At Bretton Construction, Jay developed the apartments at 595 Pandora St. Upon inspecting Jay’s new core cutouts and core holes, management promoted Jay to a leadership position. As labour foreman, Jay was the youngest of the 22-person team he was supervising. He directed and worked with them to restore condos and extend two extra floors for the building. 

 

It was after this work that Jay, having already applied himself to much concrete work, decided to specialize in concrete. By his early 30s, Jay had an impressive and growing roster of some of Victoria’s biggest developments under his belt, which he added to when he managed and conducted all the black concrete foundation work at the 28-story tall Townline building.

 

Jay mastered the refined concrete techniques for stamping, exposing aggregate, and smooth concrete. At Thorburn Concrete Solutions he was given the opportunity to spearhead projects in the Uplands, Beach Drive, and Dallas Road, to name a few. Jay’s value as a multi-disciplinary worker was noted and appreciated. When at Campbell Construction he was concrete former, stripper, and finisher in addition to being a carpenter, excavator, and small machinery operator. 

 
 

 

Jay applied his mixed experience for residential projects all over Goldstream Heights, including the famous corner house by Willow Park, as well as at three commercial high rises at Yates, View, and Vancouver streets in downtown Victoria. “I did 6 foundations of the concrete and framing at 2130 Sooke concrete scope with just myself and my apprentice” Jay beamed proudly, “Every time I pass it, I feel the greatest joy”.

 

 

 

We’re excited to have Julian join our team as in-house concrete expert. He brings with him his vast experience in carpentry, framing, machine operation, and electric, as well as his refined artistic flair. We’re especially glad to offer high-end concrete artisanal projects. These include combinations of concrete and live-edge wood to make beautiful and durable custom commissions. We’re also looking forward to utilizing Jay’s vast network and skills for any fencing and decking projects you may have, which uses both concrete and carpentry skills. 

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Our Triple Crown Philosophy


Some years ago, I innately understood that a building structure should have three important attributes. First, it should be structurally sound. Second, it should be aesthetically pleasing. Third, it should be attainable or affordable. Ever since, I have strived to make everything I do worthy of this triple crown of excellence.

During a ferry ride to Vancouver, I saw my young son had drawn Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian man in my notebook. To my surprise, my son’s sketch led me to discover the historic importance of this idea. This world-famous sketch of a man in a circle, his arms outstretched in two different overlapping poses, has become iconic. A Wikipedia search showed me how Da Vinci was inspired by proportions described by Vitruvius in his ancient treatise of De Architectura.

Vitruvius was arguably the greatest architect in history. His work is the only major surviving publication on architecture from classical antiquity. It was written for Emperor Augustus, made famous in the Bible for his census which brought Jesus’ parents to Bethlehem. Eminent Roman architects such as Vitruvius were skilled in engineering, art, and craftsmanship. As an army engineer himself, Vitruvius had overseen all manner of building and construction for wars and settlements across Europe and North Africa.

The most famous maxim of Vitruvius was that architecture should embody three qualities: utilitias, firmitas, and venustas. In English, this means that great handiwork should be useful, sturdy, and with beautiful proportions. (Just imagine what Venus, the goddess of love, might look like.)

I was delighted and not disappointed to find out that my idea was old and not new. It gives me more motivation than ever to offer you the product of a triple crown craftsman: sturdy, useful, and beautiful work at a reasonable price.