Talented Firm Adds Structural Engineering To Already Expansive List Of Services
CAMPBELL RIVER – For over thirty years, StoneCroft Engineering Ltd. has served BC as a specialist consulting engineering firm. In that time, they have designed, installed and assured over 3,500 engineered structures.
Founded in 1989 by G. Glen Beaton, a civil engineer who began his work in the BC forestry industry in the early seventies, StoneCroft has built a reputation on practicality, professionalism, ethics and maintaining the best professional and technical staff on the Island.
One of those professionals is StoneCroft Principal and Managing Engineer Lee Deslauriers. Born in Port Alice, Lee graduated from UBC as a Forest Engineer in 2001 after spending summers doing forest engineering layout of roads and cutblocks. He spent his first several years working with MacMillan Bloedel, Weyerhaeuser and BC Timber Sales in Port McNeill and Powell River before finally joining StoneCroft in 2006.
“I was mentored by Glen, who is an incomparable civil engineering talent,” explains Lee. “Glen sold StoneCroft to myself and his daughter-in-law Casey Beaton in 2008. Glen’s son, Brad Beaton, also works for StoneCroft and is a one-of-a-kind senior civil technologist and specialist bridge builder. Currently, we have fifteen total full-time employees.”
Lee notes that while they’ve grown over the years, StoneCroft maintains a small, family business culture and prefer to hire locally. This highly-experienced team has grown a reputation for a hands-on approach to construction in the coastal resource sector, with practical, safe, innovative designs that are simple to implement.
“Our crew includes civil, structural, mechanical and forest engineers, civil engineering technologists, drafting and survey technicians, foresters and an accountant, most of whom are originally from Campbell River and the Comox Valley. This diverse crew background helps us achieve the specialization that is required to meet our clients needs.”
StoneCroft endeavors to provide the highest quality engineering services in their market, teaming with industry-leading specialist sub-consultants on projects, providing a more valuable product to clients than larger consulting firms who may be fully-integrated without specializing in any particular area of practice.
Recently, StoneCroft has added another fold to their repertoire, expanding into structural engineering.
Lee elaborates, “We have excellent young talent at our office that have taken our practice from being primarily focused on resource roads, bridges and related infrastructure, and built on that expertise by offering detailed structural engineering in support of our traditional work in the resource sector, as well as diversifying into other sectors. We were fortunate to hire a senior PhD structural engineer, who mentored our existing team to take on technical and innovative structural projects, which is leading us into other sectors including parks, highways, commercial, industrial and First Nations infrastructure.”
While StoneCroft has expanded their work across BC, Lee will always call Vancouver Island homebase for his company.
“I believe in having a strong local business, hiring from our own backyard, servicing long-term clients first, instead of chasing the latest boom. BC is a beautiful place to live, work, and play and we are very fortunate to be here.”