Q & A With Project Manager Paul Gadicke
Q: Tell us a little bit about what this project entailed?
A: We renovated three Mark’s stores in the Okanagan Valley, Westbank, Kelowna, and Vernon. The major components of the renovations were demolition and reconstruction of dressing rooms, complete interior and exterior painting, new flooring, lighting, electrical, and merchandise displays.
Q: What challenges, if any, did you have to navigate through to complete this project and how did you overcome them?
A: Our biggest challenges came about because the stores were open seven days a week; merchandise was in the store and on the shelves and it had to be protected throughout the building process. Drywall dust is very difficult to contain and cannot be easily removed from new clothing which amounts to 80% of their inventory. We cordoned off and renovated the store in sections.
Our crews worked many overnight shifts to limit the affect the construction would have on the day to day operation of the business.
We made it a priority to ensure that when a Mark’s customer came into the store they would not encounter any construction hazards and they were able to have a satisfactory shopping experience.
Q: What did you enjoy most about working on this project?
A: I’d have to say, that I – and many Chriscan employees – purchase work clothes at Mark’s and it’s great to walk in there now to look for a new pair of pants and see the results of our hard work.