On the Street: Knappett nets $8-million deal


Knappett Industries Ltd. has been awarded an $8-million civil construction contract for the Foothills residential development in Lantzville. Construction work is to start in early September and be completed in summer 2018, said developer Lone Tree Properties Ltd. Knappett is based in Nanaimo and Fort St. John. The first stage will see 3.5 kilometres of road construction. A 1.14-million-litre concrete reservoir will be built and other work includes sewer connections, utility underground services and water lines. Nanaimo’s Herold Engineering is the lead engineer on the project.

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Foothills is a 1,838-acre planned community that is designed to eventually see construction of 730 homes with a mixed-use village and a 900-acre park.


Lush marks 20 years downtown

Cosmetics and soap retailer Lush is marking two decades in downtown Victoria as it relocates to 1020 Government St. The new store is more than 1,300 square feet, which is more than double the size of a typical Lush store.

A total of 22 staff work at Lush Victoria, with 13 newcomers hired for the larger location. The new site is a former Bank of B.C. heritage building. The company is supporting B.C. producers. This includes buying 30 tonnes of honey, 5,000 litres of seaweed, 220 litres of B.C.-brewed vegan stout and 1,700 litres of B.C.-distilled vodka.


Brewer supports reforestation 

Pacific Western Brewing is hoping to help reforest the province with its beer. The Prince George-based company is pledging 25 cents from every six-pack of Cariboo beer sold after Sept. 1 to fund tree-planting efforts. The brewer has contracted Summit Reforestation to begin planting trees in the spring of 2018. “By Sept. 30, we are hoping to have sold enough six-packs to plant thousands of trees in the Interior where the loss of forest land was most acute,” says brewery owner Kazuko Komatsu. “I have always believed our brewery should invest where we live and tree-planting has been an important element of that giving since 2010.” The Cariboo Cares campaign is a chance for customers to step up and help B.C. grow after devastating wildfires ravaged the province. The B.C. Wildfire Forest Service has declared this year’s wildfire season the worst on record. Since April 1, there have been 1,154 fires that have burned 10,600 square kilometres of land. The previous record was set in 1958 when 8,550 square kilometres of forest burned.


On the move

Carmen Campbell-Hewitt is the new chair of the St. Margaret’s School’s board of governors. Four newcomers have joined the board: Rosemary Chapdelaine, vice-president and general manager for Lockheed Martin operations in Canada; Melissa Couvelier-Safarik, who has 15 years experience working with the Executive Council for the Province of B.C.; Joan Yates, a vice-president at Camosun College; and Michelle Iulianella, a registered clinical counsellor.


Comfort lands speakers contract

The Comfort Inn & Suites Convention Centre is the new home of the Canadian Club of Victoria’s luncheon speaker series after earning the year-long contract. The club’s first luncheon at 3020 Blanshard St. is Sept. 19 at 11:45 a.m., when the guest speaker is maestro Timothy Vernon, founding artistic director of Pacific Opera Victoria and conductor laureate of Orchestra London.

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