Volume 3 - Summer 2009

Townline Construction Division

At Townline, we’ve done it all: painstaking restoration of some of the region’s most important historic structures, ground-up construction of some of the area’s most cutting-edge commercial and multi-family buildings, and thoughtful creation of some of our community’s most liveable neighbourhoods. The common thread? Absolute dedication by a talented team of construction professionals.

Luckily, Townline’s Kevin Brennan isn’t afraid of a little dirt. In fact, as the company’s VP of Construction, he fully embraces our “excuse-the-mess-while-we-make-ourselvesgorgeous” philosophy.

Kevin oversees two offices – Victoria and Richmond – as well as a team of construction and operations managers, and crews ranging from 20 to 200 on every Townline project. Many of the trades move with him from job to job. That’s a testament to Brennan’s skill – both in managing people and in helping create the kinds of developments that people want to be involved with.

After all, Townline doesn’t build your standard fare. It takes a singular amount of skill and attention to detail to transform an iconic department store into a residential showpiece like The Hudson. Just try creating an inner courtyard (and adding underground parking) without damaging an historic terra cotta façade. Or installing complicated ventilation and plumbing systems within an existing (over 80 year old) exterior structure. Brennan’s team has the skills to make a showstopper that will be a Victoria landmark for years to come.

Meanwhile, crews at Heritance have the task of making classic Craftsman-style homes while creating an idyllic, old-fashioned neighbourhood feeling. And, at Clayton Rise, Townline’s building another vibrant community that requires a whole lot of experience – and a healthy dose of creativity – to pull off.

With Brennan’s team, these projects will no doubt materialize perfectly. Townline’s past work says it all: from the luxurious intimacy of 1241 Homer, realized beautifully despite the challenges of an in-fill site in Yaletown with limited access and manoeuvrability; to the urban conversion of 540 Beatty, just completed after virtually being taken apart and rebuilt to achieve the necessary seismic upgrades, to 4 bedroom single family custom homes in Terra Nova, Richmond.

Each building stands as proof that grand ideas can come in all shapes and sizes. And that although they may be tricky to execute, in the right hands they can yield truly inspired results.

By Susan Kerschbaumer

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