Who We Are

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Calgary Office Tenant Improvement

About Us

Providing Construction Management, Design-Build, and General Contracting Services throughout Western Canada. With over 150 employees and resources positioned throughout Western Canada, we consistently service projects in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Our diverse portfolio includes retail centres, restaurants, multi-family, renovations, tenant improvements, industrial & distribution warehousing, light industrial facilities, office buildings, schools, libraries, agricultural, manufacturing & processing, and financial institutions. We have worked alongside a diverse group of clientele across various industries, sectors and municipalities as well as industry leaders such as Gregg Distributors, Uline, Home Depot, London Drugs, Amazon, and Aurora.

Our project values range from $50,000 to well over $100M with recent annual volumes of $300M+. Our volume has ranked us consistently among the top 25 General Contractors in Canada.

Our History

Dawson Wallace Construction was founded in 1987 by Peter Dawson and Wayne Wallace. The first year in business concluded with a total volume of $1.9M and 3 employees​,​ including Peter and Wayne. By year two the volume had tripled to $9M; the company continued with steady growth in the years following to become one of Canada​’s​ largest ​construction firms.

Our Calgary office was established in 1996 and in 1998 Myron Grunsky joined as Partner and leader of the Calgary operations. In 2007 Leroy Grunsky joined the Partnership after 10 years as a Project Manager and now provides ​s​enior leadership in our Edmonton office. Under Myron’s guidance our Lethbridge branch opened in 2015 with Sharon Dawson as Branch Manager.

Expansion plans are currently underway for additional office locations ​in Western Canada​ to service our current projects and ​c​lients throughout British Columbia with a focus on the ​Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. ​Senior personnel in our offices and sites actively participate in the mentorship of upcoming generations in order to provide them with the knowledge and tools required to continuously move the company forward.

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Grasslands Logistics Centre
South Lethbridge Elementary School

Our Focus

It is simple…client satisfaction. This is our number one priority​. We believe that ​a project is not successful unless our client is satisfied. With each project we undertake, we bring to the table a mindset of creating a team-driven environment.

We take the time to build meaningful relationships with our clients, consulting partners, and sub​c​ontractors to establish project drivers, and to create awareness for what will ultimately define project success. This allows our internal project management and site supervision teams to begin with the end in mind, keeping the overall project vision at the forefront of planning and execution of site activities in collaborative team discussions throughout the project lifecycle.

Our Commitment

Dawson Wallace is committed to exceeding our clients​’​ expectations by delivering projects through construction management, design-build, and lump sum tender formats. Our passion is to succeed and we are dedicated to providing the necessary tools to deliver all of our projects on time and on budget.

We strive to maintain our relationships with all of our clients, and we recognize and appreciate the value our talented subcontractors bring to the table. With our focus on cost efficiency, value engineering, schedule control, environmental sustainability, ​and​ safety we are recognized as industry leaders in Canada.

LEED Certification
DJI
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Our Vision & Values

“Providing best in class customer service extends far beyond simply assembling figures and producing budgets. By providing our Clients with accurate, timely costing information sourced from trusted subtrade and supplier partners, we are able to establish relationships of mutual respect. Our Clients are able to rely on our commitment to make well informed decisions on their behalf, and on our commitment to fostering collaboration and shared success among all project stakeholders”

Derek Gledhill, Chief Estimator

“The safety and wellbeing of our team members is inherent in the Dawson Wallace Construction Ltd. operation philosophy. It is a value embedded in our corporate culture, and a practice reflected in our health and safety management system and our business processes. Health and safety is best served when it is so ingrained into every activity that it becomes impossible to ignore it. The success of our health and safety management system is driven by employees of all levels who demonstrate the attitude that safety is a way of life. It is our leaders who have become the foundation for our culture and set the tone for all other employees to follow and ultimately bring continuity to our program.”

Kent Lamoureux, Safety Manager & Human Resources

“Whenever we decide to add a sector to our portfolio, we are committed to achieving success. We consistently leverage innovations that will deliver on that commitment and are actively developing progressive construction technologies, rather than simply paralleling what is required in the industry through LEED and other initiatives. We have a clear direction, a clear focus, and a clear mandate to become the best Construction Manager in our marketplace.”

Myron Grunsky, Principal

“Client Relations is defined simply by how a business treats and manages its Clients, and provides them with the level of service that will ensure the relationship is maintained. For Dawson Wallace, this means open and often communication, fair treatment, adherence to budget, schedule and quality, and working in a safe manner, and we believe our list of repeat Clients is a testament to those values.”

Sharon Dawson, Project Manager & Branch Manager Lethbridge

“To ensure continual success, every project receives personal attention from the Executive leadership of the company as well as dedicated operational resources to oversee and provide exceptional project deliveries from conception to turnover. Dawson Wallace invites the challenges of any new or unique project to exercise our adherence to the principles of precision, professionalism, and value.”

Peter Dawson, Principal

“Our focus on construction waste reduction strategies, recycling throughout our operations, moving to paperless systems, and active participation in LEED projects reinforces our environmentally responsible and sustainable culture at Dawson Wallace. We are constantly researching new systems and programs to ensure we remain industry leaders on sustainability.”

Brandon Wallace, Senior Project Manager

“We utilize internal risk management programs to identify risk potential. These are then tracked, re-assessed and discussed with the project team bi-weekly, providing a means to recognize and mitigate risks before they impact our Clients or Consultants.”

James Fried, Operations Manager Calgary

“It is the role of Dawson Wallace Construction to ensure all products and materials specified for a project are installed in accordance with the contract documents in whole. Quality Control is a procedure that begins immediately for us, and we pride ourselves on working closely with our Construction Team to ensure adherence to the project expectations on every project we undertake.”

Sharon Dawson, Senior Project Manager & Branch Manager Lethbridge

“A critical part to any project success is to maintain schedule. We develop a detailed project schedule based on past experience and with input from all the key trades, which is maintained and monitored throughout the project. This provides the trades with clear expectations for their tasks, allows us plan to project effectively, and allows us to plan the project effectively.”

Jeff Dawson, Senior Project Manager

“A major focus is adding value to all of our projects; leaving no stone unturned. Our evaluations consider improved quality, reduction in costs, schedule improvements, tenant flexibility, reduced maintenance and increased lifecycle of the project. Armed with this information our Clients are prepared to make informed decisions that best suit their project requirements.”

Wayne Wallace, Principal

“We pride ourselves in our abilities as Construction Managers to bring value engineering and schedule control to the project at the commencement of design. By keeping projects within budget and on schedule at the design stage we can reduce the risk of project cost overruns and ensure that redesign time is mitigated. This process instills a team approach to each project ensuring a positive experience for the entire team and has resulted in strong ongoing relationships with many clients and design firms.”

Leroy K Grunsky, Principal

Tender value
Active participation in both private and public marketplaces demonstrates our depth, experience and ability to service all market sectors. Our lean operational and overhead costs provide us with the flexibility and competitive edge to be successful in both markets.
Financial Foundation
We do not utilize “pay-when-paid” clauses with our subcontractors which earns us loyalty, respect and favourable pricing from our ​subcontractors and ​suppliers. These savings are ultimately realized by our Clients and projects move forward unhindered; free from subcontractor liens and legal disputes that arise from non-payments.
Trusted Relationships
With a ​c​orporate history spanning over 30 years, our Clients include some of North Americas largest Corporations and Developers. These relationships reinforce our ability to deliver to some of the construction industry’s highest standards.
Operational Model
Our approach allows for divisional leadership that is involved in each project we undertake. The Principals all remain active in day to day operations and projects. Office, site and support staff receive continual senior leadership oversite to ensure each project is adhering to the values and expectation​s​ that Dawson Wallace demands.
Site Safety & Security
Emphasis on site safety and security remains of utmost importance. Our field teams make every effort to mitigate unauthorized persons from gaining access to our sites ensuring the safety and security of our team and community. Our extensive health and safety program is rigorously enforced to keep staff, trades, Clients, Consultants, the general public, and environment safe from incidents. We utilize education, training, monitoring and mentoring as key elements to ensure zero lost time on projects.
Management of Risk
We leverage internal mitigation programs which look to proactively identify, quantify, and assess rick severity and likelihood of occurrence to generate overall risk ratings. These are tracked, re-assessed, and discussed with the project team as required, but at a minimum bi-weekly, to determine relevancy, accuracy, priority and actions.
Quality of Work
Our project teams are ultimately accountable for quality control and assurance on each project. We believe every material and installation method provides opportunity for inspections and testing, and uphold this requirement with our Project Managers and Site Superintendents. We have developed and actively maintain our internal Quality Control Program which outlines the standards and expectations for each project team.
Our Staff
We firmly believe we have the best staff in the industry. Their experience, dedication, work ethic and loyalty is what makes Dawson Wallace who we are and is paramount to our success. Many employees have been with the firm for 15 to 20+ years and our low turnover allows us to deliver projects in a consistent manner and with a consistent team that understands our Clients​’​ expectations.
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