Client Testimonials

By this letter of reference we confirm that we have worked together with API Construction as architects for the St Andrew's Hall Expansion to see the completion of this project in October 2012.

This renovation was a difficult one to manage and construct due to the challenging isolated site location, short construction window, maintaining the operation of the existing student residences and being adjacent to another construction project already underway.

API's performance excelled in all of the above aspects. Their personal attention, team management, scheduling, budgeting and relationships to their construction trades made them stand out as a truly exceptional firm.

API Construction is a very competent and conscientious company. We would have no hesitation in recommending them to any and all future clients.

Their personal attention, team management, scheduling, budgeting and relationships to their construction trades made them stand out as a truly exceptional firm.

- Raymond Letkeman, Architect AIBC

To Whom It May Concern

I am writing to recommend the services of API Construction Ltd. In 2011, I introduced Mark Ashcroft of API to the Board of Directors of St. Andrews Hall at the University of British Columbia. We had just completed a transaction permitting Concert Properties to acquire a residual parcel of College land to construct a fifteen story, one hundred and seventy five unit student housing facility. The college in the process lost one of its ancillary administrative building and needed to replace it.

Working with Mark Ashcroft of API and Ray Letkeman of Ray Letkeman Architects a building was designed and costed, a budget approved by the Board of Directors and permits obtained to add an administrative wing to the college as well as a Chapel.

The project was difficult logistically and Mark and his team did a truly commendable job accommodating difficult site conditions, the need to ensure continued operation of the colleges day to day affairs, maintaining stringent budget control and providing excellent reporting and client engagement at the same time. The project was completed in October of 2012 and all parties concerned were very pleased with the result.

I would enthusiastically recommend Mark Ashcroft and API Construction Ltd.

The project was difficult logistically and Mark and his team did a truly commendable job accommodating difficult site conditions.

- Douglas W Regelous, Campion Property Group Ltd.

In October, 2012, API completed the addition to our facilities at UBC. As I reflect on the experience we had working with API, three words come to mind: Trust, Quality and Value.

During the course of construction, it was obvious that API's management was extremely conscientious regarding the quality of workmanship, safety of their employees and sub-contractors. They carefully sought the best prices and delivered a quality product.

Our weekly on site construction meetings with Mark Ashcroft and the subcontractors were so valuable in keeping open lines of communication on all matters. This facilitated a very smooth construction process and there has been a minimum of minor problems since completion.

We are very proud of our newest facility and the building, especially the Chapel, makes a lasting first impression. We would recommend API without reservation and would gladly work with them again in the future.

I would be pleased to discuss API's performance at any time and to conduct a tour of our facility should that be helpful.

As I reflect on the experience we had working with API, three words come to mind: Trust, Quality and Value.

- Helen Anderson, Director of Operations and Housing

British Pacific Properties Limited has developed land in West Vancouver since 1931. West Vancouver projects include the British Pacific Properties, Park Royal Shopping Centre, Capilano Golf Course, the Lionsgate Bridge and recently, Whitby Estates. Mark was instrumental in our success with Whitby Estates.

I have worked closely with Mark for over five years. He is one of the main reasons for our housing programme's success. Working with his company, API Construction Ltd, British Parcific Properties Limited was able to deliver deluxe high end homes to our clients ($1.2 to $5.0 million). They are complicated and sophisticated structures built to the highest standards. Mark consistently displayed a high degree of professionalism and competence. He was able to communicate efficiently with clients, our staff and Board of Directors. He also has a good understanding of the real estate business and worked successfully with our marketing team to ensure homes were delivered to satisfied clients. His administration skills combined with his project management experience were a great asset in keeping these expensive projects on time and on budget.

Mark is an experienced, accomplished construction executive with a gift for the business management area. I recommend him highly. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Mark was instrumental in our success with Whitby Estates. He is one of the main reasons for our housing programme's success.

- Walter D. Thorneloe, Vice President Development, Canada

Please consider this letter a reference for Mark Ashcroft, president of API Construction.

Mark has been a committed and tireless leader in the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association since he joined in 1995. The association is the third-largest home builder association in the country, and its busy catchment area comprises 21 Vancouver-area municipalities.

Respected and admired for his business acumen, people skills, good nature, competency in a variety of construction-related disciplines and willingness to volunteer for myriad association projects, Mark has served with distinction on our Board of Directors and Canada's most progressive Renovation Council.

Mark has also been the recipient of numerous awards of excellence at the local, provincial and national levels.

I have always enjoyed working with Mark and have welcomed his intelligent counsel on issues affecting the homebuilding and renovation industries.

Mark is respected and admired for his business acumen, people skills, good nature, competency in a variety of construction-related disciplines and willingness to volunteer.

- Peter E.Simpson, BIAE Chief Executive Officer

Following completion of our renovation project, I wanted to write to you and tell you how pleased I am with your work and the results which you achieved. As you know, our renovation was a substantial project which took several months to complete. Throughout that time, we appreciated your consideration and creativity in realizing the goals of the renovation. On more than one occasion, your ideas resulted in a truly beautiful and practical home. My family was very pleased with the over all project and professional way in which you completed same. I would not hesitate to recommend your firm.

We appreciated your consideration and creativity in realizing the goals of the renovation. Your ideas resulted in a truly beautiful and practical home.

- William D. Holder

API is in the final stage of constructing a new single family house for my family in North Vancouver. This has involved the demolition of an existing house, excavation and construction of a custom designed, 2500 square feet finished (with approx. 1700 additional square feet unfinished) beautiful single family home.

After conducting a similar process to select an architent, we selected a short list of three general contractors after researching potential pitfalls, interviewing numerous construction firms, following up references, etc. Our architect managed the process of submitting drawings for bids through a two stage process which helped to define pricing as well as quality of product and service expectations.

When it became apparent that API was the leader, we stepped back and did a final check involving visits to several API projects and face to face discussions with previous clients. Although the overall process took 9 months from initial consultations with builders to selection of a general contractor, we ended up with one clear choice: API.

I understand the difference between price and value. In choosing API, we selected a firm that had a proven track record, was small enough to give us individual attention and customization but large enough to manage several simultaneous projects. This is our first experience with construction. We could not afford the time or money to go through a learning curve so we sought professionals that could handle everything, do it right and privide us with a product which would provide value over the long term.

During construction, I closely monitored the progress and talked with everyone involved. I discovered that API had access (in some cases, exclusive access) to the best trades in the business. These trades, along with myself and previous API clients, valued the relationship with API and wanted to be associated with others of similar caliber. While I am sure we challenged API with our detailed supervision and many special requests, Mark and his team were up to every challenge.

The result? The project is completing as requested and on time. We are proud of our new home and would welcome an opportunity to show it to you and speak with you about our experience. 

I understand the difference between price and value. In choosing API, we selected a firm that had a proven track record.

- Alan Graham

Michelle and I wish to take the opportunity to thank you for designing and constructing the beautiful addition to our home which you have just completed. You have exceeded our expectations of designing a showroom and office space for our sculpture business, meeting the demands we laid out.

Our clients and friends have been awed, and all agree that the space is indicative of an artist, combining the feel of an old warehouse garret, with that of a New England barn. the space is large, but not overbearing, and we are excited that the view corridor from the front garden to Burrard Inlet have been maintained.

When we were at the stage of selecting a contractor we were drawn to API for several reasons. You were the only one to arrive at your interview on time; the only one to provide an extensive portfolio of past work; and you shared our love of heritage buildings.

Michelle and I will be glad to recommend you to anyone asking after a good architect or contractor.

Thank you again for a job well done.

You have exceeded our expectations of designing a showroom and office space for our sculpture business, meeting the demands we laid out.

- Michael Binkley, Sculptor in Stone

I thought that you might be interested to know that the reponse to the Contemporary Art Gallery renovations has been really great. Everyone who comes in notices the change and is duly impressed. We have the signage installed and now our street presence is complete. The renovations have made a significant difference in attendance to the gallery, particularly for those who are walking by and never felt we were open for visitors.

I want to thank you for all the work you put into this project. I know that there was considerable time invested beyond expectations, and we do appreciate this. The whole process would not have happened as smoothly as it did with out your capable direction. Apparently Azure magazine is going to print a reproduction of the facade in an upcoming issue.

Thank you again Mark.

I want to thank you for all the work you put into this project. I know that there was considerable time invested beyond expectations, and we do appreciate this.

- Keith Wallace

Kelvin and I would like to thank API for building our dream home for us, from the very beginning. We found them to be very professional, efficient, helpful and tidy workers. We felt everyone doing the job were friends as they were always so pleasant, friendly, and we could discuss anything with them.

If we ever had a concern, Mark and Blake were there straight away to discuss it. They helped us by making suggestions and didn't mind if we changed something.

We are truly thrilled with our new home and very proud of it. Our friends and family have commented the superior finish and workmanship. We would recommend API Construction to anyone as they truly take pride in their work, and the whole project was fun and exciting. Thanks once again API & good luck for the future.

Kelvin and I would like to thank API for building our dream home for us from the very beginning.

- Sandy Chiddick

I contracted API Construction to build my new home in North Vancouver on a construction management contract and my house is now complete and I am extremely satisfied with the final product.

Mark Ashcroft has a unique combination of skills as a construction manager. He has an excellent working knowledge of building construction, a very organized approach to scheduling, an effective and firm manner to deal with and motivate sub-trades and a very good eye for design and detail. He was very efficient in meetings and concentrated hard to get the job done with the least amount of work for me. He ensured that every sub-contract was tendered and then analyzed to obtain the best price from the most reliable sub-trade. API has a good stable of sub-trades who are loyal to them and this was very important to me to have good quality, reliable, trustworhy and efficient sub-trades.

API's accounting and information systems were very helpful to make decisions based on current budgets and costs to date. every cost was itemized and categorized to give me a level of comfort with the ongoing costs of the project. Linda was always vilgilant in approving all of the invoices and I was given a monthly summary to approve all payments.

I would recommend API Construction to build any size construction projects.

I contracted API Construction to build my new home in North Vancouver on a construction management contract and my house is now complete and I am extremely satisfied with the final product.

- Alan M. Hetherington
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