Ralph Austin founded Seagate Consulting Ltd in 2001 continuing a career in construction that began in 1978. He has build a tremendous team of professional crews who have become Team Seagate.
Ralph, although a licensed carpenter, has had experience in virtually all aspects of construction throughout a 35-year career. Labourer, forming carpenter, framer, foreman, superintendent, estimator, project manager and general contractor are all titles that Ralph has proudly held over the years.
From small renovations to large scale residential projects Seagate Structures has the staff, knowledge, experience and capability to complete the project on time, on budget and with the highest possible quality.
About Ralph Austin
Following in my Father’s Footsteps
When my dad had me work alongside him so he could teach me about carpentry, I was like most kids. I wanted to do something different. But after a few years of university in London, Ontario, I headed west to Alberta in the late 70s to work in the construction industry.
My Road to Lotusland
For 15 years I was a framing carpenter and foreman in Calgary working on a variety of residential and high-rise building construction projects. In 1989 I said goodbye to Alberta’s cold winters and moved to Vancouver to build high-end homes on Vancouver’s Westside. As construction moved to prefabrication, I added Layout-Man to my title and oversaw the framing of multi-family apartments and townhouses in both Vancouver and Whistler.
Not long after, my role changed from being a hands-on, tools-on carpenter, to an estimator and project manager. The company I was working for began doing primarily concrete formwork.
Embracing New Construction Technologies
As a licensed carpenter for over 35 years, I’ve done it all from labourer, forming carpenter, framer, foreman, superintendent, estimator, project manager to general contractor. I’ve been fortunate to work on a variety of job sites including:
* high-density residential projects
* custom homes
* renovation projects
* apartment complexes
* commercial and institutional construction projects
When prefabrication framing was just being experimented with, I started my own Company – Seagate Consulting and quickly adopted it on every project I oversaw.
Wood Prefabrication Construction is Growing in Popularity & Building Height
Today, by operating a portable / mobile prefab station onsite (or nearby), I can better control costs, decrease build-time, keep a tidier and safer site, reduce waste and improve the quality of construction for clients.
Fascinated with new technology involving prefabrication, CNC machinery, 3D modelling and timber framing, I’m excited to gain insights into timber construction from Europe and apply them here in Canada. Europe’s wood design, structural connections, tools, techniques and equipment are slowly being adopted in North America as architects and engineers become aware of the innovations in timber construction.
I’m certain BC will soon be framing with timber to eight stories when we bridge the technology gap. This will be beneficial to Canadians.