Last week we introduced you to Ian Smith, the  president and co-owner of  Davies Smith Developments and today, we’d like you to meet the other half of  our company, Graham Chalmers. Starting next month, Graham will be checking in with a monthly blog post discussing all things construction related at Davies Smith. Before he does, we thought we’d catch up with him for a brief chat so that you can get to know him a little bit better.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background and your history at Davies Smith and what your work involves?

I joined Davies Smith as a Project Manager in 1999 and by 2004, I was the VP of Construction and then in 2006, I became an owner. I currently oversee the construction, development, customer service divisions as well as assist in all other aspects of our company.

Where do you source the materials for your projects? Are there any particular companies that Davies Smith established a relationship with?

We have a long history of using GTA based sub-trades and suppliers and Canadian manufactured products.  In particular, we have a long standing relationship with Dufferin Concrete, Primeline Windows, Speedy Electric, Torlys Flooring, and many others.

What are your thoughts on geothermal and what motivated you to use it with Ironstone Condos?

I believe that geothermal heating will become the norm in 10 years. Reliance on Fossil Fuels is archaic in a climate such as ours. We felt that this was the right project to begin using it and we’re really happy with our decision to us it at Ironstone condos.

Do you have any plans to use geothermal for future projects?

The next time we have a project of at least 200 suites, we’ll definitely do it again.

You’ve chosen to focus your construction projects in emerging areas like Burlington and Mimico. Are there any other areas in the GTA that you’re eyeing for the future?

Etobicoke, Leslieville, and Liberty Village are all areas that we’ve identified as emerging real estate areas in the GTA and we’re interested in focusing our projects there in the future.

Can you tell us about your work on the CAMH project and how you got involved?

We are building a 187 unit rental building at 100 Queen Street West as Construction Managers for a client named Verdiroc. We were recruited by Verdiroc due to our reputation for building good product.

Hearthstone by the bay is quite different from all the other Davies Smith projects. How do the fixtures and finishings for a retirement community differ from those of a conventional condominium?

In the case of Hearthstone, the suites are as fully equipped as other condominiums but with added security and safety features. The amenities are much more elaborate too.

When does construction at Eleven Superior  begin and how is construction coming along at Ironstone?

Construction at Ironstone is moving along very quickly. We have installed two tower cranes and completed almost 50% of the garage structure.

At Eleven Superior, we expect to start demolition in late July 2012 and construction by September 2012.

Which projects at Davies Smith are you the most proud of?

Hearthstone, The Rowe, and Onyx. Our three most recent projects have the best quality of construction and the best record for customer service.