building ideas with pride
When you stand back to ponder the incredible transformation of Waterloo Region you cannot help but notice that good, strong leadership excels in virtually all aspects of our community. The team at zehrlevesque is a prime example of progress at work, applying their talents to the reawakening of our grand old buildings and the construction of magnificent new structures.
As Reg Levesque explains, "We're a project management & construction company specializing in design/build projects from start to finish. Our value comes from many years of experience managing the creation of a wide variety of structures; from industrial to commercial and institutional buildings. Just when I thought I couldn't be any happier with my lengthy construction career, along came the opportunity to work with Don Zehr and John MacDonald on projects that are changing the face of our community."
The Old and the New
The Tannery is an excellent example of the work that causes such excitement at zehrlevesque. What began as a property management contract with zehrmanagement quickly shifted into a unique construction challenge; to convert this century old, once-bustling hub of local enterprise into fresh invigorating spaces that now showcase our very different business community. Those talents are also being put to good use on exciting conversions like 117 King St. West and the massive Breithaupt Block project that will become a cornerstone of the new Kitchener transit hub at King & Victoria. Meanwhile, in Waterloo, The Red Condo is presenting quality living at King & Allen while a very different challenge takes shape as zehrlevesque, the construction specialists of zehrgroup, is ready to commence construction of the new Northfield Station, an 80,000 sq. ft. Class A facility at the LRT stop; beside another of their projects, Waterloo Nissan.
Whatever the task at hand, John MacDonald enjoys the daily challenges that crop up in projects of any size. "With our particular blend of personalities, business experience and imagination we're a good example of synergy at work; developing fresh solutions to help our clients complete their vision. It's like being a kid in the sandbox again where you get to create and collaborate every day. We continue to think inside the box, integrating practical construction techniques with wide open dreaming about what might be."
Clients really like this team with its professional yet warm approach, the transparency that keeps everyone in the loop and their determination to take that extra step, particularly when it's not expected. That's why new projects keep showing up in Don Zehr's office. "I've learned while it's certainly important for all of us at zehrlevesque to do the best we possibly can every moment, it's the accumulation of those successful moments that strengthens relationships, builds trust and sets the stage for even more projects. Clients learn quickly that they can depend on us."
That positive attitude also weaves through relationships with Peter Savoy and Ryan Morrison and the staff of 20 as well as with all of the local trades that choose to work with zehrlevesque. "John and I began in the trades," says Reg, "and that gives us an enormous advantage as construction managers. Our background provides us with an extra lens at the task level and an appreciation for the challenges of being in the trades. We ensure trades and staff are well informed through upbeat weekly meetings and we reward everyone promptly for work well done. That's the zehrlevesque culture; it defines us, and we know it's appreciated."
And now, when you next pass a zehrlevesque sign you'll know that pride is building there. It's a sign of our times.