Langley’s Britco leaves library legacy

Still feeling the reverberating excitement from the Olympics and the BC Winter Games? Top it off with a little fervour around this week’s hockey trades and the kick off to volunteer recruitment for the BC Senior Games being held in Langley this fall. Fair to say locals are abuzz about sporting events.

So, let me fuel the fire just a little.

Let me share news that Langley’s own Britco Structures has become an officially sponsor of the 2015 Winter Games in Prince George.

Keeping that proud sporting spirit alive, company president Mike Ridley announced that his modular construction company will be providing contributions in kind, as well as some logistical support, to the society hosting the Games.

Needless to say, Britco will supply modular buildings for use during the Games. But, as part of their commitment, they’ve offered up a nice legacy package as well.

Four of the modular buildings constructed for the 2015 Games will be transformed into a furnished library for the First Nations people in northern B.C.

It’s a great undertaking, Mike. Kudos. Much like the housing initiative that spawned from the partnership between the Vancouver Olympic organizers and Britco back in 2010, this too is awesome.

“Britco is proud to be the exclusive modular building supplier for the 2015 Winter Games,” Ridley said.

“We are looking forward to assisting the host society in meeting the space and logistics requirements and to welcoming athletes from across Canada to this exciting sporting and cultural event in Prince George.”

He elaborated on what’s called the “unique element” of the partnership – the legacy project.

When the Games end, Britco with transform four modulars into completely furnished libraries, that in turn will be donated to and situated for easy access by First Nations communities in northern B.C.

Ridley called it a “remarkable” project highlights the sustainability, flexibility and reusability of his company’s modular buildings.

After the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, 10 buildings originally used as commentator booths for the international media during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games were transformed into libraries and donated to First Nations communities in remote communities in B.C.

“Britco shares the same values as the 2015 Canada Winter Games, in their dedication to legacy and sustainability, which makes them an exceptional partner,” explained Stuart Ballantyne, CEO 2015 Canada Winter Games.

“Not only will Britco provide the 2015 Games with the same calibre of modular buildings used by the 2010 Olympics, their literacy project for First Nations communities is commendable. We’re thrilled to have them on board.”

With approximately a thousand employees and operations in Australia, Canada, and the United States, Britco – headquartered in Langley – is one of the largest modular construction companies in the industry.

“This is a great opportunity for Britco to build on our experience of providing innovative and sustainable community legacies,” said Ridley.

“We saw how – after the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games – our legacy buildings helped transform local communities, and we are committed to continuing that tradition with the 2015 Canada Winter Games.”

The Games in Prince George and northern British Columbia is forecasted to generate an economic impact of $70-$90 million.

Athletes from 10 provinces and three territories will compete in 19 sports with the dream of becoming Canada’s next champions.

Makeover sprung on couple

A sea of balloons filled the Centra Windows’ Langley showroom last week, signalling quite the party.

And that it was, at least for a local couple who arrived to find they were the winners of Centra’s annual $15,000 home makeover package.

Mark and Debbie McGaire of Surrey were shocked when they arrived and saw their name written on a giant cheque, said sales manager Mark Brandow.

They knew they were finalists, but didn’t know they were winners, and the look on their face – he said – was “priceless.”

“It’s always a fun time presenting the winner with the big cheque,” Brandow said. “Home renovations can take a big chunk of change, and it’s great to be able to help deserving people out with that.”

Centra participates in roughly 25 home shows across B.C. each year, and has ballot boxes for this contest out at every show. You can also enter a contest form on their website.

One winner is chosen at the end of every year.

As one of the only companies that manufactures, sells, and installs its own brand of locally manufactured windows, Centra is able to cover the cost of everything, meaning the winner doesn’t have to hire their own subcontracted installer; Centra does everything from start to finish, and the homeowner is left with beautiful new finished windows and a quieter, more comfortable and energy efficient home, all without paying a cent, Brandow explained.

Chamber holds open house

If you’re a business owner or manager in North Langley, and don’t have anything on the books this afternoon, I might suggest you add this to your daytimer.

As part of a community-wide initiative by the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, they’re going out into differnet neighbourhoods around Langley and hosting open houses.

It’s a chance to meet the directors and fellow business people from the area.

The open house encompassing Willoughby, Walnut Grove, and Fort Langley is happening today (Thursday, March 6) from 4 to 6 p.m. at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 8750 204th St. The event is free, but you’re asked to RSVP at 604-530-6656.

Another open house is set for Thursday, March 13, this one at Bob’s Steakhouse in Aldergrove. Same time, same reservation requirements.

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