Sidney, BC Based Company Has Carved Out A Niche In Construction
SIDNEY – Mike and Eric Kaercher love a challenge.
That’s become a trademark of their company, Kaercher Projects & Construction Ltd. The Sidney-based company the brothers co-own, has carved out a niche in construction with a passion for seismic upgrades, heritage restoration, and commercial renovation projects.
“That’s kind of our bread and butter,” notes Eric. “We’ve had the privilege of doing quite a few commercial projects on Southern Vancouver Island. A lot of them have been challenging projects lasting several months long, and it’s really worked well for us. We love doing these types of projects that face specific challenges and involve careful planning. We like to roll our sleeves up and get to work.”
Kaercher Projects & Construction Ltd., takes on commercial projects such as seismic upgrades, tenant improvements, exterior remediations as well as residential new home building and renovations. They offer general contracting services, construction management, as well as project management taking projects from concept through to completion.
Eric states it simply, “We love to build,” noting that most of their work is a result of referrals, adding “we have a lot of repeat customers that our Dad did work for. When Mike and I started this company, we were able to form those connections and continue on with great working relationships.”
The Kaerchers are third generation red seal carpenters: Their grandfather and father also plied the trade. Their father was a partner in Patterson and Kaercher Construction which operated in the Victoria area for almost 40 years. While both sons worked in the company, they decided it was time to start their own new firm when their father Karl looked to retire, and the employees joined them.
Mike originally graduated from the University of Victoria with a psychology degree. Eric earned an education degree at the University of British Columbia and later taught high school. Both brothers moved to the lower mainland but returned to the Island to settle down, complete their red seal training, and follow their true passion, building.
As owners, Mike and Eric are busy estimating, invoicing, manning computers and phones, and going from site to site to ensure jobs keep moving and stay on budget. They have nine employees, all of whom are either Red Seal ticketed carpenters or registered apprentices. “We’ve been very steady for the past four years, and we think we’ve found the sweet spot in terms of the size of company, with the number of employees we have and our workload,” Mike states. “We know what our team can do, when we can get it done, and we’ve become very proficient with multi-tasking with many projects.”