NEWS UPDATES

August 23, 2019

Summer 2019 News

New General Manager of Construction

WIBCO Construction welcomes Paul Courtoreille, GSC as the new General Manager of Construction. He is a Swan River First Nation member from Alberta. He has 18 years of experience in construction management. He began his career graduating the construction engineering technology program at NAIT in 2002. He since held positions such as construction coordinator, estimator, project manager, office manager, and construction manager over his carer with general contractors in BC and Alberta.

He has experience in commercial and residential construction. Paul is gold seal certified (GSC) in project management registered with the Canadian Construction Association. Paul looks forward to working with our community.

Museum and Store Tenant Improvements

WIBCO is building the Sncewips Heritage Society museum, and Syilx Trail Gift Store & Gallery tenant improvement. The unit is located in Okanagan Lake Shopping Centre. The construction schedule is going well with an estimated schedule completed by the project manager. It will be open this fall, and to be ready for the upcoming International Indigenous Tourism Conference November 12-14. The store is in a separated space by a glass wall to be visible to the museum guests.

Custom Home - Ridge Estates Drive

The custom home on Ridge Estates Drive is being built for a band member via the newly implemented NDLP bridge financing plan. The two-storey home features 2673 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, and a double car garage. Check our website regularly for more updates. The company is excited to deliver this beautiful home on schedule to complete this fall.

July 19, 2019

Custom home - Ridge Estates Dr.

Progress photos for a custom home on 3494 Ridge Estates Drive. It's looking great

3494 Ridge Estates Dr.
3494 Ridge Estates Dr.

June 26, 2019

Spring 2019 News

Member New Home Financing Program

WIBCO Construction and Ntityix Development Corporation launched a new interim financing program for Westbank First Nation Member's first home construction.

The Program works with NDLP having a credit instrucment with the corporate bank. This instrument temporarily (up to 1 year) finances the construction of a new home by WIBCO. The band member must be the CP landowner on Westbank lands. The member must qualify for a mortgage from a financial institution in order to participate in this program.

WIBCO will assist with finished selections. The member should have preliminary drawings from an architect. The company will prepare a proposal for finalizing the budget and financing the house.

If you're interested, please call our office at 250-768-5617.

Construction HR Update

WIBCO is scheduling interviews for the General Manager of Construction position that was advertised between May 15, and June 15, 2019. The company is aiming to have an applicant with construction post secondary, and Gold Seal certification through the Canadian Construction association if possible.

Apprentices, labourers, and other positions will be hired as needed. WIBCO encourages our community members engage with the colleges of trades apprenticeships or construction management careers are of interest.

June 3, 2019

WFN Phase 11 housing complete

These are beautiful housing program units constructed for WFN on Falcon Lane. The contract is complete. The move in date was June 1. We will have more photos of the outside as the band completes landscaping.

1950, 1952, 1954, 1956 Falcon Lane

February 15, 2019

Winter 2019 News

Project Management

WIBCO hired a new project manager Jon Morrison on contract temporarily to fill the team.

The new additional framing contractor along with WIBCO employees are working hard to build the second and third lots. The schedule will see all units locked up shortly with siding started. Some units will be substantially complete in mid March, and others in April 2019. Final completion including landscaping is scheduled for all units by end of May 2019. WIBCO is working with Westbank First Nation Development Services on the design and contract pricing of the living wall behind the units. WFN will be installing the landscaping with the Maintenance department as schedules come due.

Construction Opportunities

The company is currently working on new quotes for custom homes. We are looking at available opportunities. WIBCO is dedicated to construct high quality products on and off reserve. There was a holiday card campaign to elevate brand awareness. The company is going out there to find renovation and construction bid requests. WIBCO wants to work with anyone ready to build. The goal is to hire a new GM of Construction to implement these plans in Spring 2019. Contact Nelson Derickson (nderickson@ntityix.com) for more information.