Who are Andrew Black and David Steckel?
Andrew Black, the president of Black General Contracting (BGC), went to Sydney University for marketing. He has been in his family’s construction business practically since birth and in 2000, he decided to branch out and create a business of his own.
David Steckel, the vice president of BGC, went to the University of Toronto for English literature. For 7 years, through high school and university, David worked at one of Toronto’s finest restaurants, where he developed his customer service background and his ability to manage expectations. He carried this skill set over to his consulting business.
Steckel first came in contact with Black General Contracting as a consultant. Then in 2007, Andrew Black severed all remaining ties with his family business and partnered with Steckel to create Black General Contracting Ltd.
What is Black General Contracting?
Black General Contracting is a turnkey, design and build general contracting company. From the moment you engage the services of BGC your point of contact remains a member of the BGC team, this helps to establish an important relationship for such a personal project as a renovation. BGC employs 8-10 employees at a time and is a member of group of like contractors in a firm called Renovantage. BGC does the majority of structural work in house, and takes care of all miscellaneous labour, project supervision and finish carpentry. They also have engineers, architects and decorators just a phone call away. The BGC team also has access to a decor centre for one stop finishes.
Black General Contracting focuses on commercial and residential interiors and additions. They are proud to get 85% of their business from referrals or returning clients.
Did you know?
Did you know Black General Contracting has ongoing contracts with the Canadian Armed Forces, Foreign Embassies, Rio Can, and other prestigious landlords amongst their other return customers?
What does Black General Contracting specialize in?
BGC specializes in commercial arenas, property maintenance and residential renovation. Black General Contracting brings a very special skill set to their residential projects from their commercial division. Commercial projects demand certain qualifications such as working with no down time, being on schedule, staying on budget, having excellent organizational skills and the ability to promptly and properly handle paperwork. What does this mean for BGC’s residential clients? It means projects are completed on time, work is done efficiently and all the paperwork (such as zoning permits) are handled properly.
Black General Contracting is a fairly young company and they believes in getting the job done right and on time. They want their clients to be happy and to not hesitate to call them again with future projects.
What does Steckel love about his work?
He loves being involved in creating something beautiful. “There is nothing better than being given the opportunity to work with fantastic designs and finishes.” Steckel informs us. He tells us that it feels amazing to be able to take a step back and say “Wow, I built that!” Steckel is particularly happy when he is able to provide above and beyond results to his clients. He is also very proud of one commercial client that came to BGC with a tight time frame on a project. Usually the project would have take 3-4 weeks to complete, however because of Black General Contracting’s skills and experience they were able to complete the project in only 9 days.
Steckel also enjoys the challenge of being a contractor and the fact that with each job he learns something new that allows him to do a better job on the next project that comes around.
BGC spearheaded a half million dollar luxury remodel in Lawrence Park. They took down all the loading bearing walls of the house, disconnected the rear addition (re-attaching it later) and then renovated the whole of the house, excluding the basement. The home renovation included three bathrooms, a new laundry room on the second floor, multiple bedrooms, a mud room, a walk in closet and a stunning new kitchen.
The major challenge of this project involved the reattachment of the addition. BGC had to first disconnect the back half of the house and make sure it stayed where they put it! They had to bring in a 40 foot long steel beam to do the attachment. The beam wouldn’t fit into the house so they had to cut it in half and then site weld it back together and have an engineer come in and approve the welding work.
The end result was a fabulous luxury home remodel that both the client and BGC are proud of.
Images of this renovation are currently unavailable, but we have other examples of their work for you to enjoy until we get their Showcase Project pictures!
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