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False size workforce on all of our job sites.” Today Man- Shield is busily involved in general contracting, design/ build, construction management, project management, and historical renovation, and lately real estate development has been added to the mix. Currently the largest sector of the firm’s work is seniors housing ( assisted or independent living) and condominium complexes for seniors. Its second largest sector is retail work. “ The first projects Man- Shield had around 1990 were retail based,” says Sharpe. The firm has completed several million square feet of big box stores over the years, with over a dozen Wal- Marts, eight Home Depots, 20 Canadian Tires stores, 15 Real Canadian Superstores, as well as many other slightly smaller box stores. “ We still complete a fair number of box retail stores, but even though those projects may be a large square footage, the construction volume of those boxes on a project by project basis is not as significant as the assisted or independent living projects; compare a typical big box store at $ 10 million, to a seniors residential complex at $ 20 million or more. That’s why the residential style projects are our largest sector of work.” In Winnipeg, Man- Shield is currently completing a major retail renovation at Polo Park Shopping Center, the largest mall and entertainment complex in the city. North of the city on Hecla Island, a major overhaul and addition to the Hecla Oasis Resort complex, a spa, conference and golf facility near a provincial park, is near completion for a private developer. In Ottawa, Ontario, Man- Shield is completing a $ 30 million multi- storey tower for an assisted living project, and has started a similar project in Aurora, Ontario. In Calgary, it’s constructing a 150,000 square foot Bass Pro retail store, and in Edmonton the firm is building two major assisted living centers. Each Alberta project is worth approximately $ 20 million. Also in Winnipeg, Man- Shield Construction has commenced the concrete work on a new terminal building at the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, expected to be completed by the end of 2010. The $ 200 million project, touted as the centerpiece of the airport, is more than one- third of the $ 585 million committed for construction funding for the Winnipeg Airports Authority’s major redevelopment project. Man- Shield, working with EllisDon Contractors, is responsible for the concrete and masonry construction on the project for the upper level roadway, the central utility building, and the terminal building. Although the green or sustainable construction industry has been ‘ dialoging’ in the Canadian market, its pace is lagging behind its American counterpart, led by LEED ( Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). So far in Canada, the Canada Green Building Council ( CaGBC), a coalition of representatives from various segments of the design and building industry, is promoting greener building construction, and sometime in 2008 will launch a multi- year initiative, expected to start rolling out in 2009, to further evolve the LEED Canada rating system, to capture more building types and deliver more value to building owners and operators. It’s expected that the initial proponents of LEED components will be institutional builders for all levels of government, including school boards and public sector agencies. What’s curious is that despite several showcase examples of LEED construction in the US, the CaGBC is merely promoting the testing of LEED features in pilot projects here. In the meantime, Man- Shield will soon be underway on two LEED projects for the University of Winnipeg— the Richardson College of the Environment, and its student residence building, and Sharpe is enthusiastic about this overall direction for his clients. “ More of our clients are becoming sensitive to the issues and values that LEED represents and brings to a project, such as energy efficiency and the reduction of carbon emissions. So we’re beginning to see a shift in design and construction strategy in this direction, and our firm needs to evolve, to include in our business processes what we require to be in the forefront of this movement, from a contractor’s perspective.” In Winnipeg, Man- Shield typically has an 126 May 08 www. bus- ex. com

False encourage young people to train in these trades, because they will make a good living, and it can be a rewarding career if they eventually get into business for themselves. There are a lot of successful trade contractors who learned the skills of a tradesperson, and got into business on their own.” As for the future, he says Man- Shield needs to focus on maintaining the values that have made it successful to date, with a consistency of performance and always looking for the next opportunity to grow. “ We also need to manage our projects to ensure that we’re not affected by industry- wide shortages, either in materials or manpower. Other than that, we continue to look at evolving into more institutional projects, especially green, including government, educational, and healthcare. We want to see where the next mountain will be for us. And we’re looking forward to climbing it.” May 08 www. bus- ex. com 127 offi ce staff of 30, consisting of senior managers, project managers, estimators and accountants, plus about 100 fi eld workers and supervisors— carpenters, masons, cement fi nishers and other trades. But with all the construction activity going on in the city, it’s a challenge to ensure there will be enough skilled employees to accomplish what’s needed in the near future. “ Last year, for example, there was a shortage of masons here, so my partners Joe Bova and Tony Ferraro went to a job fair in Europe and hired skilled masons who were eager to emigrate here, some single, others with families,” says Sharpe. “ This phenomenon is not exclusive to us; local companies in other industries— petroleum, mining, forestry— are going outside the country to recruit people to work in the various trades. Our local construction association has done a good job promoting the industry to high schools and trade schools to Man- ShieldConstruction