DCN ARCHIVES

March 8, 2005

Ties to association are making a difference

Kingston Construction Association’s solid ties with the city are paying off for local contractors.

“Once in a while there is a contractor from out-of-town who is a successful bidder, but the majority of the road, water and sewer construction projects are won by contractors in this area and virtually all those firms are from the association,” said Peter Walker, who recently-retired as executive director of the KCA.

While good lobbying helps, Kingston-based firms are also very efficient.

Robert White of Cruickshank Construction, is the KCA’s chair for the heavy civil sector, a sector that deals with the municipality on safety policies and many mutual dossiers.

This good relationship has occasionally led to the association being consulted by the city on certain projects.

“Sometimes before it issues a tender,” said Walker, “(the city) will run the consulting engineers’ documents past a group of contractors to provide suggestions as to more efficient ways or other ways of doing something, which will help the municipality bring the projects in at a lower price.”

For example, the committee planning the multi-year Downtown Action Plan to rebuild the road and underground infrastructure of downtown Kingston has just requested that the KCA provide a member to sit on the committee.

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