VanBoxmeer & Stranges - page 9

APRIL 2014
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Catholic high school in 1999,
which certified the company.
That changed the perception
of the company from a small
engineering firm to a bigger
player in the industry. There-
after, they took on a 29-sto-
rey hotel in Niagara Falls and
“once you start getting into
the larger projects, and have
success, people start think-
ing about you differently as
someone who knows their
work.” Another reputable
project that pushed them to
another level was the West-
ern University’s Recreation
Centre – a $35 million project.
That project included a major
addition to the University’s
existing Thompson Arena in-
cluded five gymnasiums (with
a future 6th), an Olympic size
swimming pool, five squash
courts and a multi-use facility.
“We started small; just the
two of us working out of my
house. We worked long hours
to develop a company that
produced excellent work. We
continue that philosophy and
just build on bigger and big-
ger projects.”
Currently, the firm is in the
midst of working on a $100
million development for Wil-
frid Laurier University. Work-
ing in conjunction with Dia-
mond Schmitt Architects
in Toronto, construction is
underway for this complex
structure. Rick advocates
that “you’re only as good as
your last project,” and boasts
his past projects in enabling
them to take on more signifi-
cant projects through that
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