Home office: Getting to know our Project Foreman Steve Barrett

 Steve Barrett, Irving Oil Home Office

Steve Barrett, Irving Oil Home Office

The new home office is beginning to look more and more like our new home, thanks to the help of countless tradespeople from across Atlantic Canada. One of those people is Steve Barrett, a Project Supervisor with Markland Associates Ltd. from Halifax.

"This may be the most unique building I've ever worked on," Steve says. With his crew of five, Steve and his team are responsible for the nearly 500 doors in our new building, along with the glass components of the feature staircase in the atrium. The 11-floor staircase is an intricate project that requires specialized carpentry expertise.

A Red Seal journeyman carpenter for more than 30 years, Steve has what it takes to do the job, and finds great joy in his work. "I get to see the progress of the work that I've done every single day," he says.

The stair framing gives the impression that the staircase is floating in the atrium. The structure is clad with white oak panelling to form a guard rail around its exterior edge. The cladding panels are fabricated in Lunenburg, NS, from wood sourced in North America. A continuous glass guard rail winds its way up the interior side of the stairs.

Having worked on numerous projects across the Maritimes, Steve is always one to bring local workers to the job. Four of his team members are from Saint John and are "top of the barrel," as he likes to describe his skilled workers.

For Steve, another special highlight of being involved in the construction of our new home office is working with his son. Nathan Barrett is a Project Coordinator responsible for the exterior of the building. "This is a great opportunity for him," Steve says with pride.

Steve and his team are looking forward to continuing their work on the new home office, and excitedly awaiting – like many of us – to see our finished home. To stay up to date on our new home office, follow us on Twitter at @homeofficesj.