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The 3rd Anniversary of our Beloved Shop

We can't wait to see what the future holds!

On April 26th, our team at Lopez Contracting Ltd celebrated the third anniversary of our beloved shop. What a three years it’s been!

Matthew posing in the shop window on our first day

As our crew members gathered with their families and loved ones for our crew barbeque, we chatted the day away, reminiscing where we were, celebrating where we are now, and dreaming of what’s next. Between softball throws and soccer kicks, we toasted to another three years of growth and comradery. Perhaps the fates heard us just then, as our celebratory ‘3’ shaped balloon suddenly caught the wind, and somehow unlatched itself from the post we had tied it. As we scrambled to catch it, it flew upwards higher and higher until it was only a speck in the sky. Regrettable for the environment certainly, but hopefully a good omen too? We like to think so.


If the past three years are any indication, Lopez Contracting has exploded in growth. In 2021 alone, we added a metal fabricating, design, kiln drying, sourcing, finish booth and permitting department to our roster, with a CNC machine on the way. Our shop has gone from a dusty former doggy daycare to the new hottest spot in town, with employees husting and bustling through the day, complimenting one another’s skill sets, and of course sharing a bite and a laugh. We’ve also upgraded our shop space significantly since we first moved in, and our space now includes a spray finish booth, weld booth, office, exterior working deck, and of course several shed microstructures, including our three state of the art kilns. In one year alone, our team has more than doubled in size (or tripled if you really believe 1+1=3).


As we look forward to the next three years of development one thing is for certain, there will be lots of love shared, love for the art we create, love for the work that we do, and the love our client has for the beauty we bring into their lives. Our Lopez team always leads with love, and with that we hope to climb higher and higher.


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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.