Founded in 1966 by George Milligan, a UBC Civil Engineer, West Shore Constructors Limited has its roots in the forest industry. After years of designing and building bridges as an employee of BC Forest Products, George established one of the industry’s first contract bridge building companies. Through the sixties and seventies, West Shore emerged as the primary forestry bridge builder in the province. In 1976 West Shore constructed one of the largest glue-laminated timber bridges in the world at 700 feet in length with a 206 foot main span. Since then, West Shore has continued to expand its bridge building expertise, which now ranges from pedestrian suspension bridges to multi-span steel and concrete highway bridges such as the 8-span, 400 meter long Roberts Bank Overhead.
In the early eighties, West Shore used its experience working in and over water to diversify its expertise into marine construction. In its first projects, West Shore built berthing structures and approach trestles for BC Ferries and wharves and piers for Public Works Canada. Other clients included the Department of National Defense, and even Paramount Pictures, for whom West Shore built a pile supported platform for a movie set.
The company has always performed its own pile driving and heavy lifting on its bridge building and marine construction projects, so in the late nineties West Shore expanded its services to include the installation of steel pipe, sheet and H piles, concrete piles, and timber piles for all applications. West Shore has also supplied the transportation and heavy lifting of hull components, decks and ferries for BC Ferries, and transported and erected pre-assembled bridge span components.
In recent years, West Shore has continued to grow it’s capacity and equipment fleet. Recent projects include the replacement of 670m of elevated railway trestle over the Serpentine River, timber pile ground densification at both Annacis and Iona Waste Water Treatment Plants, and the construction of an 11 span viaduct for the South Fraser Perimeter Road Project.
For over 50 years, West Shore Constructors Limited has been a leader in bridge building, marine construction, pile driving, and industrial transport throughout the Lower Mainland and across BC