February 23, 2012

Quebec City – the city of white tents

Hundreds of years ago, when the first French settlers arrived to the riverside of Quebec in eastern Canada, they faced serious problems. After the first winter most people had died of various sicknesses, mainly due to improper housing conditions.  The French had build their houses just like at home from stones and without insulation, however, the way houses were build in France did not give the right protection during the tough winter times. Adaptation to the local nature was hard, again, it did not take many winters when the settlers looked at how Indians lived and figured out how to build houses that function also during winter. The key was the adaptability on local conditions.
What paid my attention last week when visiting Peikko office in Quebec City in Canada, was again conditions for construction. In today´s economy the construction is done 12 months/year and the way how the Canadian builders have to face the weather conditions is very unique. Canada, a land of extremes has summer temperatures up to + 40 C and winter temperatures down to -40C. How the building sites have to tackle with coldness and snow is extreme. Distances to places are long by any measurement, affecting material flows to the building site. All in all, things could be easier.
In order to survive one has to adapt to the environment. I hope we at Peikko can do that, by presenting the right set of products  to our customers in the right way. Looks like we have been successful, e.g. this spring we are delivering Deltabeams for a high-rise building in London, Ontario. This is the highest ever building to be made by Deltabeam in Peikko´s history.
And talking about snow, here is picture how every driveway in front of houses in Quebec City looks like – cars have white tents during the winter time. When there have been half a meter of snow during the night time, it is so much easier to go for work, without using the snow-remover.  Canadians are creative and can adapt – there are many things for us to learn !

1 comment:

  1. It was remarkable service! Very good staff!! They took care of my problem just like their own! It has been a wonderful experience for trusting them! Suggested to everyone!
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