It is always a challenge to determine the Top 10 industry leaders in any field, but especially among the BC’s ceilings and walls community. We took into account designers, contractors, service and supply businesses, and assessed them on their reputation, longevity, community and association leadership.
Note this isn’t a ranking order – the companies are listed alphabetically.
BC Drywall Installations Ltd.
BC Drywall began in Vancouver in 2001 and expanded into Calgary five years later, ultimately reaching as far as Saskatchewan. With $15 million in bonding capacity, the company works on large projects including hotels, offices, commercial buildings, schools, municipal buildings, and retailers. BC Drywall’s installation services include: interior light and heavy gauge framing of wall and ceilings; exterior steel stud framing of wind and load bearing walls, parapets, soffits and fascia; interior drywalling, finishing and texture spraying; exterior gypsum sheathing; and all types of acoustical, thermal and vapour barrier installation. It also offers demolition services.
Benton & Overbury Ltd.
With a head office in Surrey and a history stretching back to 1965, Benton & Overbury offers commercial, municipal, retail, office and public infrastructure clients a full range of design consulting, complete wall and ceiling installation, engineering and building maintenance services. The company has expertise in interior, exterior and structural steel stud framing, all aspects of dry installation and finishing, commercial ceiling installation, soundproofing and fireproofing, and commercial renovations and tenant improvement. The company prides itself in the accuracy of its professional estimating and project management services.
Centura Building Systems (2013) Ltd.
Located in Delta, Centura has been in business for over 35 years. It has worked on commercial, multi-residential, and industrial projects, including shopping centres, multi-residential high-rises, schools, hospitals, churches, government buildings, and conference centres. Centura installs interior steel stud framing, insulation, gypsum wallboard, acoustic ceilings, specialty metal ceilings and roofs, structural steel framing, load-bearing wall panels, light-gauge roof trusses, roof and floor metal decks, and a wide variety of panels (architectural, EIFS, GFRC, thin shell concrete and RainScreen exterior systems). The company also offers exterior wall panel design, structural steel design and steel detailing of pre-fab buildings.
Crystal Consulting Group of Companies
Working on projects in both B.C. and Alberta, Crystal Consulting is based in Surrey. The company has three main areas of expertise: drywall, structures, and waterproofing. Its drywall services include including installation, taping and finishing, ceilings, stucco soffits, steel studs, and insulation). On the framing side, Crystal does light-gauge work, including on walls, ceilings, bulkheads and soffits. It also offers structural and load-bearing framing created on-site services or prefabricated off-site. Additionally, the company does exterior framing, and specialty framing, and produces fire-rated shafts.
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Langley Drywall works in the lower mainland serving residential, commercial and industrial clients. In business since 2010, the full-service drywall company performs general labour and demolition, drywall installation, drywall taping and finishing, steel stud framing, acoustical suspended ceiling installation, texture ceiling installation and repairs, water damage restoration, hauling and dumping services, insulation installation, and new construction final cleaning services.
Maclean Bros Drywalling Ltd.
Maple Ridge-based Maclean Bros Drywalling works on commercial tenant improvements, concrete tilt-ups, and large-scale commercial and industrial buildings, as well as spec and custom homes. The company offers a range of services including: steel stud framing; glass material, rigid, and spray foam insulation; interior and exterior sheathing; wall and ceiling application and finishing; textured ceilings; T-bar, acoustical and specialty ceilings applications; acoustical wall panelling; fire caulking and fire stopping; general contracting for renovations and new builds; restoration and insurance claim repairs, and Fry Reglet and reveal bead specialty applications.
Nova Drywall Ltd.
Coquitlam-based Nova Drywall has been offering drywall services to commercial and residential customers for 15 years. The company is involved in the entire life of a project starting from the budgeting/estimating/cost-modelling process, working through to the preconstruction services (including virtual design, shop drawing, procurement, budget development, submittals, schedule development and project kick off) and building information modelling (BIM). Nova installs steel stud framing, and firestopping, soundproofing and insulation systems. The company also does full-service drywall installation and finishing. Nova is COR Certified.
Robertson Walls & Ceilings
A 40-year-old Surrey-based company, Robertson Walls & Ceilings offers a design assist program that engages with the project’s architects and engineers. The company performs taping and plastering, and installs a variety of ceiling types including T-Bar, acoustical and wood panel, and metal. It also performs custom ceiling work. Additionally, Robertson does exterior steel stud framing and light gauge steel stud assemblies. Its clients include car dealerships, offices, retailers, commercial buildings, hospitality venues, and public transit facilities.
Based in Nanaimo, Ron’s Drywall specializes in commercial, residential and multi-residential projects. It has also worked on First Nation projects, including the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation Administration and Cultural Building. In business since 1974, the company offers commercial drywall, residential drywall, taping and texturing, steel stud framing, T-Bar ceiling installation (including engineer-approved seismic upgrading), thermal insulation, spray foam insulation and blown-in fiberglass-cellulose insulation services. Ron’s Drywall is also the parent company of a separate division, TLC Insulation Ltd., that offers insulation, fireproofing and soundproofing services.
Wescor Contracting Ltd.
Wescor has been in operation since 1986. The Victoria-based contractor has worked on large-scale commercial builds, to tenant improvements and custom homes. The company specializes in acoustic ceiling systems and a wide variety of finished wall and ceiling systems such as demountable wall systems, acoustic wall panels, cloud ceiling panels, linear wood ceilings and metal soffit ceiling systems, but it also offers other services including steel stud framing, the application of thermal insulation, exterior gypsum sheathing, and suspended ceiling design and construction.