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Garden Court Town Homes, Lunenburg

A development of semi-detached town homes designed for maintenance free living. Situated in Lunenburg, the newly constructed cul-de-sac is part of an existing quiet neighbourhood. This friendly community is within walking distance of shopping, schools, healthcare and recreation facilities. All units are one level, with a single garage and 9' ceilings. Paved driveways, walkout patios and landscaping are also included. These are quality constructed homes by Rikjak Projects Inc. and include ceramic tile, wood grain laminate flooring, maple kitchen cabinetry, radiant infloor heating and underground electrical service. Availability is limited in this beautiful cul-de-sac. Garden Court Town Homes combine the benefits of owing your own home, with the upside of low maintenance, worry-free living. 

A.F. Smith Trading Company, Hamilton Bermuda

Tony Smith was vacationing in Nova Scotia during the summer months of 2004.  He had made some inquiries about steel building contractors and Mac Williams of MacWilliams Engineering Ltd. referred Mr. Smith to Rikjak Projects Inc. of Lunenburg.  “They are a contractor we had worked with for 10 years and they have a good reputation.” 
Mr. Smith contacted Rikjak and met with the principal, Richard Redmond, to discuss his building requirements.  A scope of work was developed and Rikjak submitted a design-build proposal for consideration.  Mr. Smith was impressed with Rikjak’s capability to provide a complete building envelope along with skilled tradesmen to carry out the construction in Bermuda.
The project consisted of a renovation to a 25 year old steel building and a new 3-storey office building.  Butler building products were used extensively along with Strescon’s pre-cast concrete floor panels.  Each building boasts a “solar white” MR24 standing seam roof and Butlerib II metal wall cladding.  The Butler widespan structural systems were configured to support the Strescon floor panels: two upper levels in the office and a mezzanine level in the warehouse. 
Nearly all of the tools and construction materials were assembled and exported via container from the Port of Halifax.  This included: rebar, anchor bolts, concrete blocks, pre-cast panels, masonry cement, metal fabricated items, pre-eng. steel, roofing, siding, insulation, doors, windows, hardware, drywall, paint, t-bar, millwork, toilet partitions, architectural specialties and light fixtures.  Rikjak forces packaged each container, off-loaded at the worksite and assembled all of the shipped components.  In total there were 18 containers and trailers! 
Construction began in March 2005 and was completed in November 2005.  Tim Smith, CEO of A.F. Smith is very pleased with the results and is looking forward to a future expansion with the design-build team at Rikjak Projects Inc. and Butler Building Systems.




Generation Square & Danny Carey's Insurance Agency, Bridgewater, NS


Sea Crest Fisheries, Saulnierville, NS

Sea Crest Fisheries Ltd. was completed in the Spring 2004.  The contract consisted of designing and building an 80' x 125' x 24' freezer warehouse and several connected auxillary buildings.  These include a maintenance shop, a plate freezer room and 6,000 s.f. of additional processing area.
Butler Building Systems products were used extensively for the construction.  Widespan rigid frames with pre-punched purlins and girts were utilized to provide critical width and height clearances.  The MR24 standing seam roof system and Butlerib II wall system enclosed the auxillary buildings.  Butler Thermawall panels and a CMR24 roof assembly were installed for the freezer warehouse.
The end result was a 100% increase for onsite processing and storage capabilities.  Sea Crest Fisheries Ltd. is now a satisfied customer and have provided Rikjak Projects Inc. with several referrals for similar building projects.

Interior shot of freezer building


Reinforced Plastic Systems Inc.
Reinforced Plastic Systems Inc. of Mahone Bay, NS, a repeat customer, hired Rikjak Projects Inc. in October 2003 to re-construct Bay #1 of their manufacturing plant.  The circa 1952 structure was on the verge of collapse, with temporary shoring and cables holding it together throughout the summer months.  Production obligations dictated that no disruption of operations could occur and production logistics meant that a new building had to be constructed in the same location.
Rikjak provided a design to surround the old Bay #1 with a new 55' x 225' conventional steel framework based on a concept plan by the consulting engineers.  Steel columns were inserted next to existing columns and roof beams were flown over top of the roof.  The new framework supported the unstable original building until new roofing and siding were installed.  Then the old building was dismantled from within.
This challenging project was made even more difficult by Mother Nature.  Winter 2003-2004 was considered to be the most severe in the last fifty years; high winds, record snowfalls and frigid temperatures were endured.  But, Bay #1 was replaced without any loss of production by Reinforced Plastics.

Original building with new steel structure in place

Replacement building completed

Post Office Centre, Lunenburg

The Government of Canada building in Lunenburg was a unique challenge.  How do you make a 1950's institutional structure more appealing to commercial business?  With the help or architect Geoff Keddy, subtle details were added to the outside of the building.  These included accent lighting, marine light fixtures, wrought iron "look" fencing, gabled entry canopies with seamed copper roofing and dark bronze storefront windows.
A complete new entrance from the street level on Pelham St. was constructed to provide barrier free access to Level 1.  Off-street parking; a real commodity in Lunenburg, was also incorporated.  Extensive landscaping was used to re-define access routes to the building.
Inside, Level 1 was completely gutted.  Space previously occupied as offices for various government departments has been transformed into expansive, open concept retail spaces.  Each unit boasts at least 1,500 s.f. of space, barrier free accessibility, large display windows and dedicated street-side entrances.
Level 2 was occupied by the Post Office Centre's namesake; Canada Post.  Washroom upgrades, polished terrazzo floors, newly painted walls along with historic photos of Lunenburg have been added to greet patrons collecting and sending the mail.
Level 3 has been polished as well, but largely left intact.  There are several office combinations, a conference room, washrooms and kitchen area available to tenants.  This 4,500 s.f. level also boasts a panoramic view of Lunenburg's downtown heritage district as well as Lunenburg harbour.
Significant plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical upgrades round-out the improvements carried out on this project.  It is fair to say that Post Office Centre has been brought into the 21st century and will remain a focal point of Lunenburg's downtown business district for years to come.


Holland's Carriers, New Germany, NS

Holland’s Carriers needed to expand their 20-year old maintenance shop.  More space was needed to work on the tractor-trailer fleet.  The original 30’ x 60’ x 16’ building had a central drive-thru bay with enough room to work on a couple of tractors, but it was a tight fit for the 48’ and 53’ trailers and impossible to park an entire rig inside the building. 
Rikjak Projects designed an “L” shaped Butler building; adding 30’ on the side and 20’ at the rear of the existing building.  This solution enabled Holland’s Carriers to continue operations throughout the construction phase.  A unique, uphill cantilevered roof beam was installed to smoothly change the roof slope on the addition side.  This design maintained the critical height clearances within the new drive-thru bay, blended the roof line to the ridge and prevented an additional live load transfer to the original structure. 
The end result was a 60’ x 80’ x 16’ building consisting of two drive-thru bays; each capable of housing an entire tractor-trailer.

Harbour View Haven, Lunenburg, NS
This project involved constructing a two-storey addition to the existing entrance and extensive renovations throughout the facility.  The new addition was built using conventional steel with a masonry exterior and a hip style roof, which had to tie into the existing main building.  This retirement home facility required new administration offices, a conference room, a reception and lobby area, a dining room and a second floor activity room.  Construction of the addition along with the other renovations were completed over the winter of 2002-2003.



Lunenburg Arms Hotel
The original four-storey wooden structure at 94 Pelham Street has had a variety of uses since it was built in the 1800's.  Rikjak Projects Inc. was commissioned by Homburg Canada Inc. to design and construct a "boutique" hotel consistent with the architecture of Old Town Lunenburg, where it is situated.  A four-storey wing was added and the original building was completely re-built to meet current design regulations.  The hotel includes 26 unique guest suites, lounge area, dining room, patio deck, state of the art kitchen facilities, a reception area and a passenger elevator.  Customized wooden trim and detailing were used extensively on the exterior and interior to reflect the heritage building style of Lunenburg.  This project was completed in a one year period and has been fully operational since June 2002.


Bob's Shell
Bob's Shell is a new multi-service complex located at 489 LaHave Street in Bridgewater, NS.  Owner Rodney Grace had to move across the road from the service station locale his family business had operated since 1955, to make way for a large grocery store expansion.  Rikjak Projects Inc. was engaged to develop, design and build a turn-key facility for the operations.
The two-story wood framed structure boasts a unique exterior finish consisting of acrylic textured wall panels, curtain wall glazing and an eye catching, bright red, batten-clad hip style roof.  The 3,000 sf building houses an automated drive-thru car wash, administration offices, snack bar, convenience store, as well as amenities for the large gas bar onsite.  Special site planning was taken to ensure that building visibility and traffic flow were optimized on this narrow, triangular lot.

South Shore Crematorium, Bridgewater, NS

When South Shore Crematorium and Removal Services Ltd. were advised that the building they leased space in had been sold, owner Wayne Nodding, knew it was time to build.  Due to the nature of the business, site location and building style were very important.  He chose Rikjak Projects to work with him from concept to completion including site selection, development, building design, construction and site planning.


Bluenose RV Centre

The Bluenose RV Centre is located in Pine Grove, just outside of Bridgewater.  This was a "turn-key" design build project.  Rikjak Projects Inc. assisted with site selection and planning as well as the complete building package.  The 70' x 140' x 16' Widespan Butler building houses six service bays, a parts and customer service centre, sales offices, staff rooms, two storage mezzanines and a spacious showroom.  The showroom has a 12' x 14' side door which makes it possible to park RV's right inside for display and an 18' high x 60' long curved wall with a mural depicting RV traveling, serves as the background for this space.


Lunenburg Tourist Bureau

The Tourist Bureau was built in 1996.  Rikjak Projects Inc. was chosen as the Project Manager to oversee the design and construction of this unique structure. The style is that of a tradition "blockhouse" which early settlers used as a look-out for their habitations.  The main floor houses a compact and efficient tourist information center.  The second floor consists of offices and meeting room for the Lunenburg Board of Trade.  It is aptly located on "Blockhouse Hill" in Lunenburg and affords visits of a 360 degree view of this UNESCO World Heritage designated site including the front and back harbours.


Watts Call Centre

The Watts Call Centre in Bridgewater is located in the former Dawson Memorial Hospital, which has been vacant for approximately ten years.  Rikjak Projects Inc. acted as the general contractor for this extensive renovation job.  The old building was stripped right down to the concrete superstructure.  A main floor addition of 12,000sf was incorporated into the original four storey, 72,000sf building.  Adobe textured wall panels and medium bronze curtain wall encapsulate the new office complex.  Site work included the development of parking areas for over 600 vehicles on three different levels with treed buffer zones to provide privacy for adjoining properties.


Fisherman's Memorial Monument

The Fisherman's Memorial Monument in Lunenburg was designed by the Fisherman's Memorial Society.  The award winning stonework design by Greg DeMone depicts a compass rose with granite spires at the points of the compass, with the names of those lost at sea inscribed.  Rikjak Projects Inc. provided the civil design and construction supervision.


Bowater Mersey - Terminal II Expansion

The Terminal Expansion at Bowater Mersey Paper Company Ltd. had to be completed in just six months.  Rikjak Projects Inc. was selected as the design-builder who has a proven history with fast-tract construction.  The project consisted of a
100' x 140' x 33' pre-engineered Butler building, special foundations and reconstruction of the 40,000sf papershed wharf.  Started in August and finished in January, all work was completed on time and on budget.

LaHave Equipment Ltd.

An example of a "turn-key" project whereby Rikjak Projects Inc. was totally responsible for design and construction.  This 12,800sf facility is situated on a 10 acre site and consists of a 6 bay heavy equipment maintenance shop, training rooms, showroom, sales offices and parts department.  A pre-engineered building system from Butler Manufacturing was utilized in construction and all work was carried out to meet the exact standards of the Case Corporation.