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REPORTING · 31st July 2014
Walter McFarlane
There was a ground-breaking in Kitimat for the Microtel being built by MasterBUILT across from Rosarios on Tuesday, July 29th. The ground-breaking is for the first for the first of two hotels to sit on this piece of land.
Breaking the ground were Mayor Joanne Monaghan, Tim Gleig, Director of Engineering Services, Fire Chief Bossence, Samantha Charlesworth, CFO, Superior Lodging Corp, David Bengert, VP, MasterBUILT Construction and Ken Doleman, CEO, North Savings Credit Union Prince Rupert
“A year from now, we expect to be here for the grand opening of the first hotel,” said Bengert.

The first hotel will have 87 rooms, the second will have 66 rooms and will be for extended stays. There will be 1500 feet of retaining walls for a four tiered parking lot which will be built. Both hotels will be handicapped accessible.

Bengert explained MasterBUILT is unique among hotel developers. They buy the land, develop the land, build the hotel and manage and own it. This will be the first MasterBUILT hotel in the region. There are two others being built in BC, one of them is being built in Fort Saint John. They are currently looking at land in Terrace and Prince Rupert to build hotels.

Local workers are involved in the construction process. “We have some local people, all of the site work is done by Daudet Creek, Shawn Oviatt’s company. Viking is doing all the foundation work for us, Kentron is doing all the paving and the curving. Some of the Lumber Materials are being procured locally,” said Bengert.

He added they are very conscious about what products they use. The lighting is all LED Lighting so they reduce their electricity use. All of the toilets and taps are low flow fixtures to minimize the water use. The carpet is 50% recycled material and the paint is low DLC.

“We think about all these things and we have for years,” said Bengert.

The site of the hotel is the site of the old Aluminium City Lodge

“The history of this is quite interesting,” said Mayor Joanne Monaghan. “In 1955, this site was used for temporary housing for workers. Later, it became the site of the Aluminium City Lodge. The motel was a busy site for many years. […] Unfortunately, it sat abandoned for ten years and was the victim of a fire in 2013.”

She expressed she was happy to be there for the ground breaking of the MasterBUILT Microtel which would provide accommodations to Kitimat. She wished them a safe project.