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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Minister of Public Works
REPORT
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR
1958/59
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1960 To His Honour Frank Mackenzie Ross, C.M.G., M.C., LL.D.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
Herewith I beg respectfully to submit the Annual Report of the Department of
Public Works for the fiscal year ended March 31st, 1959, in compliance with the
provisions of the Public Works Act.
W. N. CHANT,
Minister of Public Works.
Office of the Minister of Public Works,
Parliament Buildings, December 28th, 1959. The Honourable W. N. Chant,
Minister of Public Works,
Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—/ have the honour to submit my Annual Report for the fiscal year ended
March 31st, 1959.
Elsewhere in this report will be found those of the heads of divisions. These
set out in detail work accomplished and planned, tenders let and accepted, and
Departmental accounts. My report will be confined to those objectives aimed at
and presently pursued.
Exploratory work was undertaken in the matter of the bonding of contractors
to ensure responsibility in bidding, the completion of work, and proper payment of
sub-contractors. This practice is now being carried on, and is functioning very
well indeed.
The possibility of initiating the quantity survey method of preparation of
specifications and the consequent letting of contracts is being studied.
Consideration is being given to the centralization of gardening staff in the
Victoria and Vancouver areas, and having mowing of lawns and similar rough work
let out to contract.
The possibility of using female cleaning assistants in buildings has been explored and has been instituted with success.
Direct (foreign exchange) telephone-lines have been set up between Victoria
and Vancouver, and have proved their worth in much greater convenience alone.
In addition latest figures indicate that the average cost per call between Victoria and
Greater Vancouver has been reduced from $2.16 to 73 cents.
Personnel matters have received considerable attention. A programme of in-
service training has been planned, and will be implemented as opportunity allows.
Staff meetings and " workshops " have been organized, and a number of the staff
encouraged to take courses. Amongst these is the Executive Development and
Training Course sponsored by the Government through the Civil Service Commission.
This year, emphasis has been laid on maintenance. During a period of capital
expansion there is a temptation to delay this work in favour of new construction,
and this has been true to a degree in the past few years. Maintenance work is uninteresting by comparison with the excitement of creating new buildings. It brings
few plaudits. It is, however, an extremely important part of our work, and it has
seemed wise to give it concentration.
The use of automation and modern time-and cost-saving devices and practices
has also been stressed.   Progress has been made along these lines and is continuing.
A. E. WEBB,
Deputy Minister. A BRIEF HISTORY OF VICTORIA COURT-HOUSES
Law Courts were first established in Victoria in 1856, and the Honourable
David Cameron was the first " Judge of the Supreme Court of Civil Justice of
Vancouver's Island." By Royal warrant issued May 5th, 1856, Governor Sir
James Douglas was authorized to pass Letters Patent to Cameron (although not a
barrister), there being no members of the legal profession in the colony at that
time. The first prison of any sort that Victoria possessed was in the north-east
bastion of the old Hudson's Bay fort at the corner of Government and Bastion
Streets.   On August 6th, 1858, the Daily Victoria Gazette stated: —
"An Editorial calls for the establishment of a public hospital, a jail and a dead-
house. The present jail is too small, and coroner's inquests have to be held in the
open air in front of the jail; the jury stand around the corpse, some leaning against
it, spread on some boards, and the coroner sits on top of an empty barrell [sic]."
Early in 1859 Governor Douglas acted. He informed the House of Assembly
in part as follows: * " I have to inform the house . . . that it has been determined
to erect certain buildings ... on the south side of Victoria Harbour and to connect them by means of a bridge over James Bay with Government Street so as to
render them convenient of access to the public."
These buildings became known as the " Birdcages," and one, called the
" Supreme Court," was the first Court building that the capital possessed. This
was " the rookery in Hottentot Square, yclept a Court House " referred to in Amor
De Cosmos's editorial column of March 21st, 1863. Before this time, justice was
administered " on the nearest log," as Sir Matthew B. Begbie reminisced in his
* For full  text see  page 47,  Public  Wcrks  Report  of   1957/58.
In the early years of the history of the City of Victoria there stood a prison built of
Saanich brick on the. site now occupied by the present Court-house. This was Victoria's
first gaol. It was bounded on the east by a fenced yard in which the gallows was erected.
Executed criminals were buried on the spot,'and undoubtedly you walk over their resting-
place when outside the Sheriff's office! Loud complaints were received from some of the
occupants of bedrooms of the Angel Hotel on Langley Street that they could see too much
when these hangings took place. On the other hand, it is recorded that there was also a
sharp business in hiring out places of vantage from the Angel's roof-top, where the best
view-points pertained! The Victoria Colonist of February 4th, 1887, editorialized:
" The building, which will be two stories in height with basement, will stand on the
squarre [sic] some fifteen or twenty feet from Bastion and Langley Streets. It will be 125
feet in length by 90 feet in width. The main entrances will be from Langley Street and
Bastion Square, while there will be a private door on Bastion Street for the use of the judges.
" The General Appointments of the building will be excellent. All the rooms and
offices are to have their own closets and wash basins which are to be connected with a drain
running parallel with the building and emptying into the Bastion Street drain. Everything
will be trapped and complete in every particular. The roof is to be covered with zinc plates
which is considered by the architect the cheapest and most durable kind of roofing. All
the exterior ornaments of the building will be of brick and the whole will be cemented. No
great effort toward ornamentation is shown in the design though the building will no doubt
present a good appearance."
address at the opening of the present Court-house on Bastion Street in the year
1889.
From the outset the new building came under fire, and demands for a Court
building in the centre of town were heard. On Saturday, March 21st, 1863, the
Daily Colonist sarcastically and indignantly editorialised:—
" Whilst the House of Assembly was passing estimates that their successors of
right should pass, it was found convenient to smuggle through an item of $3,638 to
complete the rookery on Hottentot Square, yclept a Court House. Notwithstanding
jurors, witnesses, suitors and lawyers, have weighed against the nuisance of a Court
House erected out of town, yet our ex-city members in their superlative wisdom
voted the item ... it was a matter of notoriety that every body was sick and
tired of running to and fro across James Bay Bridge, day after day, and week in and
week out.   Neither was it unknown to either of these gentlemen   .   .   .   that the most suitable place for the courts to be held was on the post-office lot. If an appropriation was to be made for anything, why was it not to erect a structure on that lot
that would meet the wishes and wants of the Community, rather than expend the
public money where in a few years it must be thrown away. That James' Bay Court
House will have to be given up for one in town, there is no manner of doubt whatever. Then the rookery will in all probability be devoted to the grooms of some new
Governor, and the halls of justice become a horse-stable. What more likely use
could it be devoted to, except it be made an asylum for those who were insane
enough to run counter to public sentiment, and vote money to erect it into a Court
House. We hope the electors will remember this nice job when our ex-members ask
their suffrages."
To satisfy the clamour, adjustments were made to the old " goal " or " city
barracks " building originally erected in 1859 as a prison on Bastion Square, and of
which Mr. Trounce was the architect. The inclusion of the Courts within the walls
of this very much altered building added one item more to the list of its various
uses. These included a police barracks, goal, drill hall, Mayor's office, Magistrate's
office, court, armoury, debtors' prison, and superintendent's residence. As if these
uses were not enough, the Daily Colonist, in announcing its demise in 1886,
observed in part: " What is now the city police barracks room was used in 1859,
and later on for Methodist Church purposes and, as the courts were also held within
its walls, justice, religion, and defence were thus made companions."
The existing building, soon to be superseded by the Law Courts on Cathedral
Hill, has served as Court-house since 1889. It was designed by H. O. Tiedemann,
a German, who patterned it after a Court building in Munich. The same person
designed " the rookery in Hottentot Square," already mentioned. Since the opening
of the building by His Honour Lieutenant-Governor Nelson, many of the entrances
and exits have been changed and several of the stairways, passages, and message
routes rearranged.    Stories are told of an appropriation of $200 in 1896 for an
Model of Victoria's new Law Courts, construction of which is to
commence before the end of 1959. elevator on the appointment of the Honourable Theodore Davie as Chief Justice,
warned by his doctors not to climb the Court-house stairs. The present elevator
was installed a few years later, and has always had a reputation for its " off days."
Seventy years have since passed. Seventy years of British Columbia history
have been deeply and profoundly affected by the administration of law and the
legal decisions made under its roof. It would probably be safe to say that the
fives of all citizens of the Province have been touched or altered to a greater or
lesser degree by the influences initially set in motion within its Courts. When the
time comes to move and a decision must be made as to its disposition, let us not
forget that this building, still basically sound in spite of the passage of time, stands
in the oldest part of the city proper, and has adjacent to and in company with it
some of the finest brick buildings in the Province. The historic and visitor interest
of the city would be greatly enriched if this " Lower Town " section were rejuvenated and restored to something of its former importance. Properly and imaginatively planned, and with the old Court-house forming a centre or fulcrum for the
whole, this area can recapture, in retrospect, for citizen and visitor alike, something
of the fascination of the past. - - »
Administration Building and grounds, Willingdon School for Girls, Burnaby.
Gymnasium, Willingdon School for Girls, Burnaby. WILLINGDON SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
The Willingdon School for Girls was designed to replace the old Girls' Industrial
School on Cassiar Street in Vancouver, which had become, since its establishment in 1914,
outgrown and out of sympathy with the more recent developments in the philosophy of
rehabilitation. The old school lacked the physical means of segregation for control, the
areas required for education and recreation, and the aesthetic background desirable for
rehabilitation.
The new school divides the girls into groups of ten, a size which one instructor can
easily control. Two of these groups occupy each of the three duplex cottages and the
domitory unit in the main building. Admissions, security, and semi-security groups are
reduced to five in number.
Ease of supervision was required at all times, and this principle was the deciding factor in planning. Since the activity of the girls was restricted, a supervised outdoor area to
which the girls could go without the formality of permission and escort was highly desirable. This outdoor area for each living unit developed into the court or enclosed patio
theme, which is the dominant note of the design. The glass areas in the walls of these
patios were kept as large as possible so that from any corner of the unit a supervisor could
look through the patio into the corridors and rooms beyond. The cottage supervisor's own
suite was placed on the second floor, looking down into the patio, and through the large
windows into the living and dining rooms, the kitchens, and the bedroom corridors, so that
at all times and in all places constant unobtrusive supervision was possible.
The cottages themselves were placed in front of the main building, where they would
be overlooked by the administrative offices and all circulation to and from the cottages
could be observed. Supervision in the main building is helped by placing the centre section, comprising administrative offices, gymnasium, and swimming-pool, between the residential units and the school section. In this way, girls from the cottages are prevented
from circulating freely through the residential units, which house security and semi-
security, while at the same time programmes using these areas can be carried on by the
more hostile girls. Each classroom is a well-fitted-out teaching unit, completely self-
contained. The self-containment offered the advantage that girls would not have to be
excused from the classroom, for should they be excused and not return, the instructor
would have to go in search of them.
The basement of the main building houses the boiler-house, storage areas, locker-
rooms, kitchen, and staff rooms. A staff dining-room is provided, but no central dining-
room for the girls. Institutional dining-rooms have proven to be a focal point for riots
and trouble, and as a result it was decided to transport the cooked food for the noon and
evening meals to the cottage dining-rooms.
It was expected the girls would have abounding teen-age energy, and that facilities to
use up this energy would have to be built. A playing-field, a combination gymnasium-
auditorium, a swimming-pool, a chapel, two standard classrooms, an art room, a commercial room, a home economics room, a library, and a beauty-parlour are provided for recreation and education. The swimming-pool is of regulation size and fitted with underwater
lighting and a tile deck for safety. The gymnasium is equipped for a variety of games and
exercises, including roller skating. The stage of the auditorium is suitable for small stage
productions. A projection-room is provided for 16-mm. film, and can be adapted for
35-mm. In addition to these standard features, every attempt was made to build in features
around which programmes could be initiated. The fireplaces, the cottage kitchens, the
individual laundries, the courts, the planting-boxes, the snack-bar, and all are not so much
decoration or frills as items around which a clever supervisor may base a programme of
group or individual therapy.
Materials and colours were selected for maintenance and compatibility with teen-age
activity. The structural frame is of reinforced concrete. Brick was used extensively to
give some warmth to walls built for security. Special plastic enamels were used for corridor walls. The wainscot of the gymnasium was sheathed in rubber to take the battering
expected from hard play and roller skating. Armour plate glass was used in the major
windows to take the shock of occasional awkwardness or horse play. Steel-lined doors
were painted in bright colours, and the whole colour scheme was keyed high to please the
teen-ager.
The buildings are now finished and stand with dignity and warmth in pleasantly landscaped grounds as a tribute to a Government with the courage to go all the way in an
attempt to rehabilitate a social group which is extremely unpopular to the general public.
—Walter W. Ekins, B.Arch., M.R.A.I.C, A.I.B.C, Project Architect. P  10 BRITISH COLUMBIA
ALFRED C. D. BUDD
Superintendent of Works
Born April 1st, 1913, at Nelson, B.C., Mr. Budd served in the
R.C.A.F. from June 1st, 1942, to September 15th, 1945. He was
previously employed with C.P.R. hotels in the carpenter-shop. He
commenced employment with the Department of Public Works on
February 3rd, 1938, as Assistant Carpenter; reclassified to Foreman
Carpenter Overseer, Vancouver, in 1951; reclassified to Foreman of
Works, Vancouver, April, 1957; appointed Superintendent of Works,
Victoria, effective September 1st, 1959.
REPORT OF THE MAINTENANCE ARCHITECT
The year 1958/59 has been an exceptionally difficult one for maintenance work.
" Tight money " and the " hold the line " policy resulted in maintenance funds being
held at last year's level.
The major maintenance projects undertaken during the year were as follows:—
Remodelling of the third floor of the Court-house, New Westminster, to County
Court and Judge's chamber. All the work involved was executed by Public Works
staff from Vancouver, and favourable comments have been passed on the excellent
workmanship.
Major renovations were made to the Vernon Court-house to allow the welfare
department to occupy offices on the ground floor, and the agriculture department was
moved to the third floor. This work was carried out by Public Works staff from
Tranquille.
Owing to the age of many of the Provincial buildings, only minimum maintenance is being carried out, as it is felt major renovations would be most expensive,
and the buildings do not warrant this expenditure.
The Provincial Fire Marshal has, during the past year, submitted reports on
many of the Provincial buildings requesting changes. These requests are being given
attention in all cases, and capital funds, where required, are being requested.
Staff residences in the Province (with the exception of approximately 20 per
cent) are in most cases very old and require continuous maintenance. If it is the
Government's intention to continue to purchase houses for staff residences, may I
suggest that consideration be given to a stock plan being prepared (this plan can be
adjusted to various climatic conditions), so that contracts could be let for erection.
If this suggestion is adopted, it is felt that maintenance costs would be greatly reduced
owine to the fact that the buildings would be erected to our specifications and would
require no remodelling, redecorating, etc., as is the case with most houses that are
purchased. Also the initial capital outlay would be less for erecting a residence than
purchasing on the open market.
R.C.M.P. detachments in all cases are similar in condition to residences, but I
am glad to report that the Federal Government is in the process of calling for tenders
to erect new detachments in various locations in the Province. New buildings have
-already been erected in Keremeos, Smithers, Williams Lake, and Quesnel. It is
hoped, therefore that in the near future more detachments will be vacated, thus
relieving this Department of maintenance. In most cases, the buildings vacated will
not be of any use to the Provincial Government, and it is suggested such buildings be
put up for sale.
General maintenance in the Vancouver area, Essondale, and Tranquille is being
keot uo to a good standard through the excellent co-operation of the Superintendents
of Work and their staffs. PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1958/59
P 11
Oakalla Prison Farm.—This institution is extremely hard to maintain owing
to the age of most of the buildings. Great credit must be given to the maintenance
staff of the Attorney-General's Department for the excellent manner in which they
are keeping all services running smoothly, and for their co-operation with this
Department.
Haney.—This being the newest gaol in the Province, maintenance problems
are not heavy.
Prince George Men's Gaol.—This Department has carried out extensive interior alterations during the year in the basement of the Provincial Men's Gaol,
enabling the Warden to employ inmates for occupational therapy, which is proving
successful.   This gaol is now overcrowded.
Kamloops Provincial Gaol.—This institution, being of wooden construction
and quite old, requires continuous attention, which is being carried out by Department of Public Works staff at Tranquille.
Homes for the Aged, Vernon and Terrace.—These institutions are being kept
up to a fair standard. The buildings were originally erected for army personnel
during war-time as temporary quarters, and naturally, with this type of construction,
maintenance is most expensive and continually increasing.
Grounds.-—During the past year, surveys have been made in co-operation with
the Landscape Division for beautification of grounds to buildings in Vancouver and
Victoria, and it is hoped in the near future to complete landscaping to Interior
locations.
May I close this report by thanking all Government Agents and District
Engineers who have acted on our behalf in the Interior; their help during the past
year has been greatly appreciated.
C. Clarkson, M.R.A.I.C, MA.I.B.C, A.I.A.A.,
Maintenance Architect. P  12
BRITISH COLUMBIA
STANLEY LLOYD, A.R.I.B.A., M.R.A.l.C, M.A.I.B.C.
Stanley Lloyd was born in England in 1918. After having served
as a pupil with a London architect, and subsequently receiving his professional education, he became a member of the Royal Institute of British
Architects. He is also a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of
Canada and the Architectural Institute of British Columbia. During
World War II he served with the Royal Engineers in East Africa and
India. Prior to joining the Department in 1949, Mr. Lloyd was engaged
on various architectural projects with the Ministry of Works and private
architects.    Currently he is taking the Government-sponsored Executive Development Course
at the University of British Columbia.
WALTER W. EKINS, B.Arch., M.R.A.l.C, A.I.B.C.
Mr. Ekins was born in 1917 at Deodon, Sask. He received his early
education at Nanaimo and Victoria, and his Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Manitoba.
While studying for his degree he received two scholarships and was
elected president of the Architectural Undergraduate Society.
He worked for several Montreal and Vancouver architects doing
commercial and theatre work before joining the Department of Public
Works in 1949.
He is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and is presently studying
for a diploma in public administration from the University of British Columbia.
REPORT OF THE SUPERVISING ARCHITECT
In another section of this Report are listed projects completed, work under
construction, and contracts awarded during the fiscal year 1958/59.
This report is primarily concerned with the internal operation of the Architectural Division of the Department.
Staff was maintained throughout the year at an 18 per cent lower numerical
level than in the preceding year. At the end of March, 1959, the division employed
seven architects, three draughtsmen, one specification writer, one landscape designer,
and one planner-architect.
Consideration was given at this time to arranging for a member of the staff to
engage in hospital planning research in liaison with the British Columbia Hospital
Insurance Service. This has now been in effect for some months, and it is believed
that the work will prove of great value, not only to the Hospital Insurance Service,
but to this Department.
The foregoing work was undertaken in keeping with the Departmental policy
as laid out whereby the services of this and other companion divisions are made
available to other departments on a technical and professional basis.
While Civil Service has been defined as service to and for the public, the
primary duty of the Department of Public Works lies in providing services to other
Government departments. It gives them properly planned space wherein to function efficiently.
The degree to which success is achieved depends on the skill of the architects
and the intelligent co-operation of the Department for which the building is planned.
There is ample evidence that both sides have fulfilled their obligations, in the numerous fine buildings the Public Works Department has erected in recent years.
The most important project under construction during the year was the new
Government House. At the end of the fiscal year 1957/58, contracts for the rein-
forced-concrete structure and for elevators had been let. PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1958/59
P  13
In the fiscal year 1958/59, eighteen other sub-contracts were let for the balance
of the work, aggregating approximately $746,000. Due to the exigencies of the
work, the Architectural Division arranged for and let all these sub-contracts, assuming to a major degree the work and responsibilities normally devolving on the prime
contractor. In this regard it is felt that considerable credit is due to the staff, who,
undertaking this time-consuming work under conditions of great pressure, brought
the contract to a satisfactory conclusion well before the Royal visit.
The principal other contract of note that was let during the year was an
additional wing to the Ewing Building at Victoria College. This extension provided
much-needed classroom accommodation and other facilities, and has enabled the
College to offer third- and fourth-year arts courses, leading to a Bachelor of Arts
degree.
A large new students' union room was incorporated into the planning, enabling
the former students' activity room to be remodelled as the main library.
In the draughting office of the Architectural Division the chief work undertaken
was the preparation of drawings and specifications for the completion of the first
eight buildings of the new Vocational Training School at Burnaby. The prefabricated steel structures were erected under a prior contract.
The current development comprises an automotive workshop, a metal-trades
workship for welding and fabrication training, a house-building workshop, and a
building-trades workshop which includes a large area for boat-building.
Adjacent to each of these workshops is a classroom where theoretical studies
relevant to the work carried out in the adjoining workshops will be held.
One of the classrooms will be used as an administration building, and is being
planned accordingly. It is hoped that the expansion of the Vocational School over
the years will include an administration building with cafeteria facilities; chemistry,
aeronautical, and electronic laboratories; and mechanical-trade buildings of various
kinds.
Though the fiscal year under consideration did not see the volume of work go
out to tender that has been the case in previous years, much valuable planning on
future projects has been initiated.
Preliminary sketch-plans were developed for seven prospective new Government buildings, probably the most important of which is the new Victoria Law
Courts.
It is appropriate here not only to record the efficiency and loyalty of staff, but
to note with appreciation the close co-operation existing interdepartmentally in
preliminary planning matters.
W. R. H. Curtis, M.R.A.l.C, A.R.I.B.A.,
Supervising Architect. P 14 BRITISH COLUMBIA
H. J. GREIG, B.A.Sc, P.Eng.
Mr. Greig was born in Regina, Sask., in 1916, and received his
primary and secondary education there. He served with the R.C.A.F.
from 1942 to 1945, and enrolled at the University of British Columbia
after discharge, receiving a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in civil
engineering in 1949.
After graduation, Mr. Greig was employed as a hydraulic engineer
with what is now the Department of Northern Affairs and National
Resources,  and as  a  design  engineer with  lohn H.  Read,  consulting
structural engineer, Vancouver.   He joined the Department of Public Works staff in 1952, and
is presently a Designing Structural Engineer—Grade 3.
Mr. Greig is the secretary-treasurer of the B.C. Government group of professional engineers.
He is an ardent curler and golfer, and enjoys " do it yourself " projects around his home.
REPORT OF THE STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
The Structural and Civil Engineering Division spent a busy year on the design
and supervision of various buildings and structures. Some of these were the new
Government House, Victoria; addition to the Ewing Building, Victoria College;
and the Burnaby Vocational Training School.
Soil-testing plays a most significant part in the design of buildings and outside
services. It is particularly important to conduct proper soil tests before acquiring
land for buildings. Expensive foundations can often influence the choice of sites.
Most of the soil testing for this Department has been done by private consulting
engineers. However, when their schedule permits, the Department of Highways
will do this work for us.   This has been of great assistance to us.
A representative of the Department attended the Inland Empire Sewage Works
School at Pullman, Wash., and studied the latest sewage-works methods. An
operating manual was prepared for our sewage-plant operators based on information
obtained from the course. The maintenance of sewage plants is quite important,
and a manual of this type increases the operator's interest in the maintenance of
what can be called a rather uninteresting service. At present this Department maintains and operates some of the most advanced types of service plants in Canada, and
has pioneered this field.
During the year the final stage of a major improvement of the water-distribution
facilities at the Provincial Mental Hospital, Essondale, was carried out. This stage
consisted of laying a new 12*inch-diameter water-main and smaller service-lines in
the north portion of the institution. The 25-inch-diameter Coquitlam main of the
Greater Vancouver Water Board, which runs through Government property, was
tapped at numerous points to serve various buildings. The main is old, and a break
in it could have left some of the major hospital buildings without water service as
there was no alternative supply.
The new distribution main connects to the Greater Vancouver Water Board
main at only three points, and is so valved that a break in the latter would cause no
disruption of water service to any of the major buildings. In addition, the hydraulics
of the system have been improved so that pressure in the top floors of higher
buildings is adequate at all times for both domestic and fire-fighting services. A
2,000,000-gallon reservoir is connected to the system for emergency service in the
event of a major fire occurring at a time when service from the Greater Vancouver
Water Board mains is interrupted. PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1958/59
P 15
Plumbing plans and specifications were prepared for Burnaby Vocational
Training School during the year.
" Government is a trust, and the officers of the Government are trustees;
and both the trust and trustees are created for the benefit of the people."
—Henry Clay.
J. R. Simpson, P.Eng.,
Senior Structural Engineer.
Burnaby sewage-disposal plant. P  16
BRITISH COLUMBIA
PROTECTION OF GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS AGAINST
AIR RAIDS AND ATOMIC BLAST
The Department has made a study, in co-operation with Civil Defence authorities, of airraid effects on the design of Government buildings.   A short resume follows.
The planning of new construction affords the best opportunity for the inclusion of protective measures at minimum cost. Existing structures can, in many cases, be strengthened so as
to make them more resistant to blast, fire, and radiation, but the cost of doing so is very high.
At a certain distance from ground zero, weaker conventional buildings would be destroyed.
Others of greater strength would stand and afford protection. This estimated area, based on
extrapolating the effects of the lapanese incidents, might range from approximately 4 square
miles for a 20-kiloton bomb (the size used in Japan) to an estimated 400 square miles for a
20-megalon bomb (the latest hydrogen bomb). The area within which severe damage would
occur in the stronger buildings can be substantially reduced even by slight improvements in the
present conventional construction.
As protective features are added to make the area of damage smaller, cost of added protection increases rapidly. Protection beyond that provided by nominal improvements in conventional construction involves an increased cost which might be difficult to justify. A point will be
reached where the cost of adding protection to all buildings over a large area will be greater
than the value of the property which could be saved. Investments of this magnitude would
obviously be impractical as they would result in an economic loss with or without enemy
action. However, within the two limits mentioned is a possible range of protection well worth
consideration. Practical limits for any given building depends on many factors: some of these
are the type of construction, its functional use, its strategic value, and its location relative to
targets. Certain types of construction can be given a great deal of protection at little cost, and
can be more readily converted to protective designs than others.
Among key structures for which protection against attack is desirable are selected Government buildings. There are two general approaches to the matter, and both assume there will
be sufficient warning of attack to move personnel to a safe spot. The first is to provide protection in certain sections within buildings, such as corridors and the basement. These sections
would be constructed so as to provide protection despite collapse and damage to other portions
of the structure. The second is to provide special shelter areas, and in addition improve the
entire structure in an attempt to limit structural damage. The latter approach by improving
the whole building would seek to keep the structure usable after attack. It could then be used,
firstly, for emergency services such as housing, first-aid stations, hospitals, and emergency
feeding, and, secondly, for office purposes.
The net pressure on exterior walls and roof is lessened where there are large window
openings to permit blast to enter and counteract external pressures. By removing debris and
covering window openings, these areas could function for post-attack use. In multi-story
buildings the shelter would be on the lower or basement floor. Above this only the frame would
be expected to survive. So far this report has dealt only with the effect of blast pressures on
buildings, not with radiation or heat effects. Protection against gamma radiation and heat
effects can be afforded by a sufficient thickness of concrete. The concrete, though later destroyed
by blast, will serve as a shield against gamma rays penetrating the shelter areas.
In conclusion the following points are emphasized:—
(1) It must be part of policy to decide which buildings are to have shelter areas only, and
which are to be designed in addition for full structural stability.
(2) Shelter space can be provided in new buildings for very little increase in cost, if
planned in advance.   It is very costly later.
(3) Shelter areas are preferable in basements, if suitable access can be provided, due to
the added protection of earth. In one-story buildings above grade, the shelter area
is best provided by a reinforced-concrete corridor.
(4) Blast-resistant design is similar to earthquake-resistant design, and to some extent
one would provide for the other.
" It is easy to be wise after the event."—Old English proverb.
J. R. Simpson, P.Eng.,
Senior Structural Engineer. PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1958/59
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EARTHQUAKE DESIGN OF BUILDINGS
A small earthquake, centred on the San Juan Islands, which occurred last December
served to remind us that the Pacific Coast region of the Province lies in an active earthquake
zone. The National Building Code of Canada classes earthquake probability into three damage
zones, the Pacific Coast region being classed as Zone 3, a zone of potential major damage.
For example, the Queen Charlotte quake of August, 1949, had a magnitude of 8.1 measured on
the Gutenburg-Richter scale. The recent Montana quake had a magnitude of 7.1, and the
Comox-Courtenay quake of June, 1946, a magnitude of 7.3. The March, 1933, quake in Long
Beach, Calif., had a magnitude of only 6.3, but due to its location caused some $40,000,000
damage. Due to widespread damage to schools, the State of California passed an Act in 1933
relating to the safety of design and construction of public school buildings. This Act states
that all plans for construction or alterations of school buildings shall be passed by the Public
Works Department in regard to structural safety and design.
Earthquakes consist of vertical and horizontal ground vibrations, with horizontal earth
motion the most destructive force. When the ground underneath a structure is moved suddenly
to one side, the structure will tend to remain in its original position because of its inertia.
The acceleration of the horizontal movement varies; its maximum value is the yardstick commonly adopted for measuring the equivalent static earthquake force. If, say, the acceleration
of the horizontal earth movement is one-tenth the acceleration of gravity, it is assumed that
the stresses in the structure caused by the earthquake are the same as those produced by
horizontal static forces equal to one-tenth of the gravity forces acting on the building. Generally
speaking, and subject to dynamic phenomena, the greater the weight and rigidity of the structure,
the greater are the forces which must be resisted by the structure before failure occurs.
The horizontal earthquake forces to be resisted at any point in a structure are determined
by multiplying the dead load by a numerical constant. The numerical constant is dependent
upon the geographical location and the portion of the structure considered. In general, the
lighter the building, the less horizontal stresses to be resisted.
Reports show, when all types of buildings are considered, that they generally, suffer less
damage when founded on hard ground than when built on soft ground. Accordingly, some
building codes specify the seismic factors for design on the basis of the bearing power of the
soil.
All buildings, whether so designed or not, have some inherent resistance to lateral forces.
This has been shown by the survival of some buildings of little or no designed resistance to
severe earthquakes. The lateral forces resulting from wind, earthquake, and blast are not
uniform static forces or pressures, but are of a chaotic and dynamic nature, unpredictable in
the extreme. The dependence upon chance lateral resistance or peculiar dynamic phenomena
to save a building or its occupants from disaster in a region subject to extreme lateral forces
is dangerous and negligent. The only reliable procedure is to have adequate design for the
specified risk or risks by competent engineers familiar with the subject and to ensure that the
construction is carried out according to the design.
Good design for earthquake forces limits the use of cornices, facings, and ornamental
details that are not rigidly tied to the building. It has been shown that these portions of a
building have caused great damage even when the building frame has resisted a quake.
Buildings of any uniform and controlled material can be erected to withstand heavy windstorms or severe earthquakes with little or no damage and with little additional cost. The
requirements are good design and good construction according to the design.
J. R. Simpson, P.Eng.,
Senior Structural Engineer. P 18
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F. D. STURDY, B.E., P.Eng.
Born in 1920 at Saskatoon, Sask. Attended University of Saskatchewan from 1937 to 1941, graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering
degree. After graduation joined the Royal Canadian Navy as an engineer
officer.
Upon receiving discharge from the Navy in 1945, joined the staff
of the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan as a
lecturer.   The following year went to Eastern Canada and was employed
as maintenance engineer in an oil-refinery.   In 1948 entered the service of
the Provincial Goverment as a mechanical engineer in the Department of Public Works.
Member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Province of British Columbia, and
the Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers.
REPORT OF THE MECHANICAL ENGINEER
GENERAL
The Mechanical Engineers Division again experienced a busy year, in which
most of the activity was directed toward capital projects. Many of the large ones
under way at the beginning of the year were completed during the year.
Start-up of mechanical equipment in large buildings requires considerable
time and effort. First, to balance the various systems with each other, and, secondly,
to correct " bugs " or minor maladjustments or malfunctioning.
There is an increase in the demand for summer cooling, especially in the
Interior of the Province. One feature of summer cooling must be emphasized: it
is that an increase in the electrical-power bills during the summer must be expected.
The use of natural gas as fuel has increased. In many cases the decision to use
natural gas has not been based upon fuel economies, but the indirect advantages
accruing from the cleanliness of the fuel and ease of making automatic installations.
CAPITAL PROJECTS
Most of the capital projects that the section has been connected with are
described elsewhere in this Report.
There were, however, a number of capital projects handled by the Division
which merit special mention.    Among these were the following:—
ComDletion of the large addition to the boiler-house at the Provincial Mental
Hospital, Essondale, and the installation of a 75,000-pounds-per-hour steam generator. This project was scheduled for completion early in this fiscal year, but a strike
of the plumbing and heating trade delayed completion considerably.
The installation of summer air-cooling in the Court-houses at Kelowna and
Cranbrook. These systems have increased the comfort of the personnel greatly,
especially so in the extremely hot weather.
In the fourth quarter a start was made upon additional steam-generating
capacity at the Oakalla Prison Farm. This plant was very badly in need of additional capacity due to the growth of the prison. Space limitations led to the decision
to use natural gas as the fuel on an interruptable basis. The existing coal-burning
units would serve as the required alternative method of firing.
MAINTENANCE
Maintenance of the mechanical equipment continued at a high plane, although
an increasing amount of work, relatively, had to be contracted.   There has been a PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1958/59
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decrease in the amount of preventive maintenance carried out due to the fact that
the institutions have grown at a much greater rate than the mechanical staffs looking
after the equipment. In other words, a larger portion of the staffs' time had to be
devoted to straight operating.
The value of a preventive maintenance programme is not always apparent, but
when it is contrasted with " breakdown " type of maintenance with its attendant
inconvenience and emergency measures, it is easy to see that preventive maintenance
is the best and the cheapest way to assure that equipment will function when it is
required and will have a long and useful life.
SUPERVISION OF PLANT OPERATION AND OPERATING
PERSONNEL
During the year a number of field-trips were made to visit the various steam
plants to discuss operating procedures and problems with the operating staffs.
These trips resulted in a better understanding between the headquarters staff and
the plant operators.
This year the first major change to the plant rating scheme took place since
it was developed five years ago by this Division. The plant rating scheme is a
method of evaluating the steam plants with each other and thus formulating an
organization of otherwise independent plants. The change, which grew out of
some deficiencies of the original scheme and the desire of all the operating engineers
for more exact recognition of their operating certificates, appears to have cleared
away the criticisms of the scheme. It is interesting to note that the Civil Service
Commission use the plant rating scheme for the setting of operating engineers'
salaries.
W. E. Mills,
Senior Mechanical Engineer. P 20
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REPORT OF THE SENIOR MECHANICAL ENGINEER
THE EMERGENCE OF THERMO-ELECTRICITY
Out of the research laboratories has come a new type of electric generator:
one which could possibly simplify the generation of electric power and, certainly
now, allow remote areas to enjoy the advantages of electric light, electrified
machinery, and radio. The generator has no moving parts; it converts heat
directly into electrical power. The same type of generator, operating on a different
effect, can be built into inexpensive refrigerators. A further variation can be applied
to heat indoor working and living spaces.
The direct transformation of thermal energy into electrical energy is based
upon the Pelteir, Thompson, Hall, and Seebeck effects. These effects, discovered
by these early workers, are so basic that it is worth while reviewing them.
In 1823 Thomas Seebeck discovered that if a circuit is formed of dissimilar
conductors and one junction kept at a higher temperature than the other, a voltage
will be generated between conductors which is proportional to the temperature
difference.   This is the basis of the thermocouple.
In 1834 Jean Pelteir, of France, found that if an electrical current is passed
through a circuit composed of dissimilar metals, heat is evolved at one junction and
absorbed at the other. Furthermore, the heat evolved is proportional to the current,
and reversing the current will reverse the temperature difference.
Next, William Thompson (Lord Kelvin) predicted, correctly, that heat generation and absorption could take place in a single material if a current were passed
through it.   In most materials, though, this effect is so slight that it is hardly useful.
In the late 1870's E. H. Hall, of John Hopkins, discovered that if a strip of
metal carrying an electrical current were placed in a magnetic field, a voltage
gradient would be developed across the strip, skewed in one direction or another,
depending upon the material.
These effects were noted, and to some extent put to work. The magic touch
required to awaken the possibilities of developing heat-to-electricity converters was
the discovery, by an American engineer, Lars O. Grandhal, in 1926, that some
materials have directional selectivity for electric currents. He showed that an
oxidized copper plate conducts electricity in one direction easily, but offers high
resistance to the other. This was the first of a number of substances later discovered
to have the same property and are now called " semi-conductors." Semi-conductors
greatly amplify the Thompson and Hall effects.
Large-scale commercial availability of semi-conductors opened the flood-gates
for dreams of motive power produced directly by the conversion of heat to electrical
energy. Five-kilowatt converters have already been produced and tested. They
are compact and light weight, and thus readily portable. Prototype refrigerators are
being tested. Although these converters are not " competitive " in the commercial
sense, they pave the way for units that are economical enough for special applications.
The uses of thermo-electric converters have not been fully explored, but vistas
have been opened wide enough to promise a bright future.
W. E. Mills,
Senior Mechanical Engineer. Administration Building, School for Mental Defectives, Tranquille, showing the building
before and after modernization by Maintenance Division of this Department. P 22 BRITISH COLUMBIA
REPORT OF PLANNING DIVISION
" It is not possible to have any right morality, happiness or art, in any
country where the cities are thus built, or thus, let me rather say, clotted and
coagulated; spots of a dreadful mildew spreading by patches and blotches
over the country they consume. You must have lovely cities, crystallized,
not coagulated, into form; limited in size and not casting out the scum and
scurf of them into an encircling eruption of shame."—John Ruskin in Fors
Clavigera.
This year has seen the consolidation of some previous projects, the continuance
of others, a branching into public relations, and an effort to show the general public
as well as the Legislature that the Department is responsible for, and achieves, a
great deal as each year evolves.
The Public Works Department was represented for the first time at the Junior
Chamber of Commerce Fair, Victoria, and at the Pacific National Exhibition,
Vancouver. Exhibition stands were designed and models shown, all of which
received favourable comment from the right sources. With the completion of the
Government House contract, the making of a scale model by a professional firm
of model-makers was carried out, culminating with the showing of the work at the
Pacific National Exhibition.
Campus plans have now been prepared for the University of British Columbia
at Victoria, both at Lansdowne Road and Gordon Head. The Department is
assisting the faculty to the best of its ability with the drive for further accommodation in a fast expanding student-body.
Pressure for space is most apparent in the legislative precinct, and is badly
needed for personnel, cars, and also storage. The Department is actively considering microfilming of plans and records. Improvements are progressing at the rear
of the Connaught Library, and this will be known as " Birdcage Walk." A Provincial museum is being planned in accordance with master plans for the precinct
prepared in 1954/55. It is most gratifying that these plans should be materializing.
A step which is equally important and affecting the efficiency of all departments is
the need for another office block with similar floor space to the Douglas Building.
Parking areas to accommodate over a thousand automobiles are needed, and planning to provide this facility must proceed.
Projects still continuing both within and without the Civil Service are: Traffic
planning in the James Bay area, Essondale planning, Gordon Head playing-fields,
crests for Government House ballroom, Oakalla Prison, and Court-houses for
smaller communities. Mention should be made here of Oliver in the Okanagan,
where an integrated scheme involving the Federal, Provincial, and municipal governments has resulted in an orderly and harmonious grouping of public buildings. The
enthusiastic support of regional officials of the departments concerned has been
readily given and most welcome. This is an instance of planning at its most sensible
and economic level.
A most important project has been the co-ordination of the Victoria Law
Courts site, keeping alive the constant thought of the civic centre for the capital of
British Columbia. In this the Department has received utmost co-operation from
other interested authorities.
As part of the modern philosophy of the orderly development of cities, we
must strive, as much as is possible within the sphere of our Provincial responsibilities, to place and lay out our buildings in accord with this worthy and orderly
outlook.    In planning new public and governmental precincts, civic and cultural PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1958/59
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centres, we should endeavour, in concert with interested authorities at other levels,
to work toward an urban pattern where people in offices, people in stores, people
requiring to visit public buildings, can do so with a maximum of convenience and
comfort. This ideal calls for a high degree of interest and co-operation at all tiers
of government, and I am happy to report that these objectives have received considerable impetus over recent times. It is most encouraging to observe a sharp
improvement in liaison between planning authorities and to realize that this
Department has played a leading part in achieving this constructive attitude.
The word " planning " has assumed, by its usage, a degree of pretentiousness
which is unfortunate; it clouds the simplicity of the aims and objects for which
we strive. What is required is a long-term general strategy that will call a halt to
disorderly, ugly, and wasteful development, which will retain a maximum of natural
beauties, and which will recreate, in as large a measure as possible, some order and
harmony from the environmental deterioration which has been so tragically allowed
to evolve.
It makes no sense to regard planning as something that floats around in the
blue—as an activity unrelated to the daily processes of politics and government.
Planning is part of the executive and legislative functions, and must be developed,
discussed, adjusted, and adopted by the whole community. There should be no
planning independent of the power to act, and no power to act without planning.
The spade that digs and finds beauty and order in the ruins of ancient cities
will one day dig into the monuments of this century as well. What the spade
uncovers will help determine how we lived and what our values were. Mr. Justice
Brandeis is credited with saying, " The wastes of Democracy are among the most
obvious wastes."   This is not an epitaph; it is a challenge.
W. D. Lougher-Goodey,
A rchitect-Planner. P 24
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LEONARD BUTTERWORTH
Mr. Butterworth was born November 25th,  1909, at Hull, Yorkshire, England.   He received schooling in England to a British equivalent
to Canadian Grade XII.    He took a correspondence course on motor
engineering and workshop practice in England, 1932-33;   a science and
biology course  at  Hull  University,   1944-45;   a  general  horticultural
course at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 1951-52, and
received a first-class diploma for general horticulture.    He also took a
course on botany at the University of British Columbia, in 1952-53.
He commenced employment with the Department of Public Works as Gardener—Grade
1, March 8th, 1954, at Government House, after many years of experience in both England
and this country.    He was promoted to Gardener—Grade 2 in March,  1957, and to Head
Gardener, October 1st, 1958.
JOSEPH E. G. TIDBURY
Mr. Tidbury was born May 21st, 1900, at Wimbledon, England.
He received his schooling in England and Canada. He served in the
First World War with the 5th C.G.A. from June, 1916, to August, 1918.
He was previously employed as gardener at the Empress Hotel and by
Capt. W. H. Modon. Mr. Tidbury commenced employment with the
Department of Public Works on December 1st, 1944, as gardener, and
was promoted to Foreman Gardener, Parliament Buildings, April, 1953.
REPORT OF  LANDSCAPE  DESIGNER
Though landscaping of Government properties has been carried out for some
time, starting with the Penticton Court-house about 1951, this work has only been
established during the last year as an integral part of the design and maintenance
of Provincial properties as a whole.
A great amount of work requires to be done and, therefore, of necessity this
will need much thought and planning. However, it is the intention to have the
grounds of the Provincial Government buildings slowly developed to display a setting that will be a credit to the prestige of the Province.
The formation of a Landscape Division gives full recognition to the importance
of this phase of Government operations, and also affords a more efficient plan of
production.
During this first year of its operation, this Division was able to bring its
projects at the new Government House in Victoria to completion in the area of
the main design. With regard to the alpine and rose garden units, only a few rare
roses and some rhododendrons remain to be received during the coming spring.
The complete drainage system was redesigned for the service of the water
garden, thus enabling the regular cleaning of the fountain pool, which not only is a
saving of time, but also a considerable saving in expense in operation.
This year saw the final production of the lawns at the Girls' Industrial School,
Burnaby. These lawns, it is believed, are the best at any Provincial property and
add much to the spacious appearance of this institution.
At this same property a scheme of ground-cover planting was taken in hand to
cover the very extensive banks which occurred. It is considered these ground
covers, when established, will very largely reduce the maintenance costs of a
difficult condition arising from such slopes. A progressive start was made on the
grounds at the Vocational School, Burnaby, where lawn areas have been planted Government House, Victoria—old rose garden before reconstruction commenced.
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Government House, Victoria—reconstructed rose garden nearing completion. P 26
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and the same treatment by ground covers referred to above has been on certain
large banks that have occurred. At the time of writing, specifications are out covering the planting of boulevard trees, and it is hoped this work will be under way by
the coming planting season.
A representative of this Division visited Court-house and Government office
properties during the past summer as far north as Williams Lake and as far east as
Grand Forks. From the information gained and the detailed reports, now received
and compiled from the various properties, it is hoped that a certain amount of
constructive work throughout the Interior of the Province may be a continuing
project in the future.
R. H. Savery,
Landscape Designer.
Floral crown constructed on the grounds of
Kamloops Office Buildings to honour visit of Her
Majesty. PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1958/59
P 27
W. R. HENDERSON
Mr. Henderson was born in 1930 in Moose Jaw, Sask. He commenced employment in Government service in 1949. After a brief period
of employment in the Department of Lands, he transferred to the Department of Public Works, Accounts Section. His experience since transfer
embraced both Headquarters and District Office office administration,
culminating in appointment as Assistant Personnel Officer in February
1955.
REPORT OF THE PERSONNEL OFFICER
STATISTICS
There was very little change in staff totals in the Department from the previous
fiscal year. The peak period, June 30th, involved the employment of 639 employees, and with the normal winter slow-down, this total was reduced to 623 at
December 31st. This situation was, however, offset to some extent by a winter
works programme which resulted in day-labour forces being engaged on a short-
term basis. One hundred and thirty-five requisitions for appointment were prepared
to cover replacement of employees who were promoted or terminated employment
with the Department.
APPOINTMENTS
Of major importance, in keeping with efficiency and economy, was the appointment of Mr. R. H. Savery to the position of Landscape Designer. He is responsible
for the review of existing grounds where landscape treatment is necessary and for
the design, planning, and specifications of the ground areas for new buildings. In
the same field, Mr. L. Butterworth was selected for the position of Head Gardener
at Government House, and he has, along with the Landscape Designer, created a
show-piece the Department can be proud of.
RETIREMENTS
Mr. P. W. Mackereth, our popular Superintendent of Works, Victoria, was to
be officially retired from the Service on January 31st, 1958; however, by reason
of his ability and value to the Department, his retirement was deferred for one year.
ORGANIZATION
The only major organization change this year was the combining of two heating
plants under the supervision of one chief stationary engineer. This was at the Child
Guidance Clinic and the new Girls' Industrial School, and has resulted in a saving
to the Department. Plans have been made for a major Departmental organization
and, if approved, will be fully detailed in the Report for the next fiscal year.
TRAINING
Mr. J. P. Taylor, Chief Clerk, J. R. Simpson, Senior Structural Engineer;
W. E. Mills, Senior Mechanical Engineer, and S. Lloyd, and W. W. Ekins, architects,
were selected by the Department to take the Provincial Government sponsored
Executive Development Training Course. These employees have justified the
Department's confidence in them by obtaining good results in examinations. The
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recognized, and, as a result, H. R. Eastham, Foreman of Works, Victoria; A. J.
Lord, Chief Janitor, Victoria; A. C. D. Budd, now Superintendent of Works, Victoria; W. A. Campbell, Foreman Electrician, Vancouver; and H. R. Browne,
Foreman Painter, Vancouver, attended a foreman's course on " Supervising Employees on the Job and Safety," sponsored by the Department of Technical and
Vocational Training.
SOME PERSONNEL OFFICE OBJECTIVES
1. To promote and encourage the development and use of improved methods
and higher standards in personnel administration.
2. To keep Departmental executives fully informed on, and to recommend,
programmes of personnel administration for the purpose of bettering the conditions
and relations of employees in their occupations and increasing the effectiveness of
administration.
3. To provide a medium of information to employees concerning conditions
of employment.
H. C. Davies,
Personnel Officer.
Interior view of Court-room, New Westminster Court-house, remodelled
from garret office space by maintenance staff of the Vancouver area. PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1958/59
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MRS. MARY T. WHIFFIN
Born and educated in Vancouver, B.C., and started with the British
Columbia Telephone Company, in 1938.
Five years' P.B.X. experience before becoming a Civil Servant in 1951
as a Grade 2 Operator, and has since risen to the position of Assistant
to the Supervisor of Telephones.
REPORT OF SUPERVISOR OF TELEPHONES
During the past year every phase of telephone work exceeded expectations.
Actual telephone traffic, on all Government switchboards, has increased to such an
extent that a number of switchboards are heavily overloaded. The operators, who
are known to rank among the best in their field, are finding it increasingly difficult
to extend the type of service that is expected of them.
In the past year we have installed several new switchboards, namely:—
Prince George:  One 2-position No. 555 switchboard, replacing a 1-posi-
tion No. 551-B which was originally installed in January, 1954.
North Vancouver:   One 1-position No. 555 switchboard to facilitate the
new regional office of the Department of Highways.
Trail:   One type 22 automatic for the health unit.
Victoria:   One type 22 automatic replacing the old No. 50 monotype for
Public Utilities.
B.C. Civil Defence:   One 10-line cordless replacing a very old type of
magneto switchboard.
The type 22 automatic and 10-line cordless are very small switchboards that
do not require full-time operators and are very efficient when serving small groups
of offices.
Additional facilities were cut into service at the Nanaimo Court-house and
Haney Correctional Institution.  This again was necessary due to increase in traffic.
Two switchboards were taken out of service when the offices served were
closed.    These were the British Columbia Centennial Committee and Tranquille
Sanatorium.
Our humanitarian effort for the year was a unique installation for polio patients
in iron lungs at the Pearson Hospital, a picture of which accompanies this report.
Access to a normal telephone for these patients was impossible. After considerable
study and with the co-operation of the British Columbia Telephone Company,
British Columbia Polio Fund, and Mr. Jack Patterson, maintenance staff, Pearson
Hospital, we were able to install a portable-type pay-station which the patients
could use without the effort of even holding a receiver to their ear. The Telephone
Company did the actual installntion at cost, Mr. Patterson fashioned a portable
stand from an oxygen-tank carrier, and the British Columbia Polio Fund paid for
the installation.
Surveys on new and existing buildings have been completed for the following:—
(1) Willingdon School for Girls, Burnaby.
(2) Parliament Buildings, Victoria.
(3) Mental Health Services, Essondale.
(4) Government House. Victoria.
(5) Federal-Provincial Trades and Technical School, Burnaby.
(6) Several health units throughout the Province. P 30
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(7) Foreign exchange service for
(a) Highways, Cloverdale-New Westminster.
(_>)  Haney Correctional Institution, New Westminster,
(c)  Parliament Buildings, Victoria-Vancouver.
The Forest Service, because of its fire-season telephones, was again our largest
single source of installation work.   However, changes and creation of new Government departments—that is, Commercial Transport, Industrial Development, Trade,
and Commerce, Social Welfare, Health Services and Hospital Insurance—contributed to making this a record year for volume of work completed.
BUSINESS SERVICE
Several installations of the illuminated button type key telephone have been
completed. This equipment allows each telephone the use of two to five lines, dial
selective intercom, holding feature, etc., up to a maximum of nine appearances.
Such service, only available in automatic areas, greatly increases the efficiency of
an office.
Several loud-speaking units have been installed in offices where the employee
has both hands in use and is still required to give or receive information on the
telephone.
One dialaphone has been installed on a trial basis in an office where the telephone is used almost continually.
The majority of business service orders were placed by the Highways Department and Forest Service, both departments having numerous offices in the field,
where traffic does not warrant the expense of a switchboard installation.
(Miss) Ruth E. Thompson,
Supervisor of Telephones.
Portable telephone installed in the Polio Ward, Pearson Hospital,
Vancouver, for the use of patients. PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1958/59 P 31
STANLEY SMITH
Assistant Chief Inspector
Mr. Smith was born in London, England, and received his engineering training at Stanley Technical School, Croydon Polytechnic, and in
apprenticeship with R. H. Green & Silley Weir Ltd., Ship Repairers,
Engineers and Boilermakers, London.
He entered the service of Canadian Pacific Steamships as engineer
officer in 1928 and served in this capacity throughout the war in troopships on the Atlantic. He joined the Boilers and Machinery Inspection
Division in 1946 and became Assistant Chief Inspector in 1952.
REPORT OF THE CHIEF INSPECTOR OF BOILERS
AND MACHINERY
In accordance with the provisions of the Boiler and Pressure-vessel Act, I have
the honour to submit the fifty-seventh annual report of the Boilers and Machinery
Inspection Division for the fiscal year ended March 31st, 1959.
THE ACT
Amendments to the Act made at the 1959 Session removed the requirement
for annual inspection of hot-water heating plants, extended the scope of the boiler
operator's certificate Class A from 50 to 100 horsepower, struck out the fifteen-
minute absence clause relating to engineers' duties, transferred the fees for engineers'
examinations to regulations, and placed gas-distribution mains outside the scope of
the Act.
A provision was introduced requiring a person who installs a low-pressure
boiler to first secure a permit.
REGULATIONS
The Fee List (Part V) was revised to provide more equitable fees for large power
plants by Order in Council No. 1917/58.
The Boiler and Pressure-vessel Regulations were amended to introduce a rule
whereby a heating contractor must secure a permit before he installs a low-pressure
heating plant (Order in Council No. 1916/58). This rule was quickly put into
action and has proved most helpful in enabling us to keep abreast with new construction.   The heating trade is co-operating well.
Work has begun on new editions of our regulations—Part I, High-pressure
Boilers, and Part IV, Heating-boilers.
NEW CONSTRUCTION
In British Columbia workshops twenty-eight high-pressure and eleven low-
pressure steam and eighty-four hot-water boilers were built, besides 869 pressure-
vessels and three pulp-mill digesters. Fewer propane-tanks are being built due to
the increased usage of natural gas.
Many industrial and institutional plants have converted from oil fuel to natural
gas.
Plans for the new Burrard Thermal Station are now under survey. P 32
BRITISH COLUMBIA
ACCIDENTS AND REPAIRS
There were two fatalities—one due to explosion of a steam-pipe and the other
where a young lad stood on a thin furnace cover and fell into the furnace.
Three other explosions involved an oxygen-flask, an asphalt storage-tank, and
a hospital sterilizer. One workman was slightly injured in the face by the oxygen-
tank explosion.
Five steam-boilers were damaged by low water. In two cases this was due to
control failure and in the remaining three to operator error.
All accidents were carefully investigated, repairs were supervised where neces-
say, and action taken to prevent recurrence.
SUMMARY OF WORK
Revenue was 79 per cent of expenditure. Inspection was made on Public
Works boilers, amounting to a revenue equivalent of $2,500.
Designs registered  528
Boilers built under inspection  126
Pressure-vessels built under inspection  869
Total boilers inspected  4,371
Total pressure-vessels inspected  2,043
New boiler installations  408
Engineers examined  623
Welders examined  1,923
FEES COLLECTED
Design office  $6,284.80
Shop fees   4,942.43
Annual fees—boilers  53,997.61
Special inspections   1,329.66
Pressure-vessels   11,841.89
Engineers   3,732.50
Welders   7,662.50
Temporary certificates  1,995.00
New heating installations   1,763.48
Miscellaneous   339.06
Total revenue  $93,888.93
Operating expenses   118,472.79 is, .g
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ANALYSIS OF EXAMINATIONS
Engineers
Year Ended Mar. 31, 1958
Year Ended Mar. 31, 1959
Examined
Passed
Failed
Examined
Passed
Failed
First _   —
23
63
141
328
57
15
92
9
43
101
224
40
14
20
40
104
17
22
67
138
256
52
16
80
6
43
85
173
39
12
57
16
24
Third-   	
45
Fourth _	
83
13
10
5
4
68                    24
23
Totals 	
719
495                  224
1
623
415
208
Welders
Electric 	
1,382
822
213
194
1,105
684
190
194
277
138
23
906
399
159
277
182
778
347
133
271
170
128
52
26
A.S.M.E             	
6
Municipal gas   	
12
Totals	
2,611
2,173
438
1,923
1,699
224
D. Denham, P.Eng.,
Chief Inspector. PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1958/59 P 35
____
J. R. WALKER
Senior Electrical Designer
Mr. Walker was born in Methel, Scotland, in 1903, and moved to
Vancouver Island in 1912, where he completed his education. He served
apprenticeship on electrical and mechanical installations, and completed
advanced courses on electrical and communications design.
Employed during the war, 1941-45, with a large Canadian aircraft
company in charge of electrical sub-assembly design, development, and
production. Joined this Department in 1946 as electrical design draughtsman, and appointed to present position as Senior Electrical Designer in 1948. Is a member of
Illuminating Engineering Society, and served two years on the board of managers of this society.
REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF ELECTRICAL
ENERGY
In accordance with the Electrical Energy Inspection Act, I have the honour
to submit my annual report for the fiscal year ended March 31st, 1959.
BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS
The Honourable Minister of Public Works has been pleased to appoint the
following members to the Board, effective January 1st, 1959: L. G. Sewell, electrical contractor, representing the Associated Electrical Contractors of British
Columbia; R. Beaumont, electrical contractor, representing the Vancouver Electrical Association; and, R. Gee, electrical inspector for the City of Vancouver,
representing cities and municipalities. Other members of the Board are L. Robson
(Chairman), Chief Inspector of Electrical Energy, and L. Handy, Assistant Inspector of Electrical Energy.   Seventeen meetings were held throughout the year.
The total number of certificates of competency in effect during the year was
as follows:—
Class A_._.      143 Class PA        67
Class B_.      363 Class PB      191
Class C      393 Class PC      440
Total      1,597
No temporary certificates were issued during the year.
Four hundred and eighty-one candidates for electrical contractors' certificates
of competency were examined during the year, with the following results:—
Class Number of Candidates      Passed Failed
Class A.„.     46 26 20
Class B  162 73 89
Class C__  273 171 102
Totals  481 270 211
PERMITS
The total number of permits issued during the year was as follows:—
April, 1958  3,219 November, 1958     3,711
May, 1958  3,659 December, 1958     3,288
June, 1958  3,663 January, 1959     2,707
July, 1958  3,676 February, 1959     2,934
August, 1958  3,362 March, 1959     3,395
September, 1958  4,311 	
October, 1958 ____•-  4,693 Total , 42,618
This represents an increase of 4,956 permits or 13 per cent over the preceding
year. P 36 BRITISH COLUMBIA
The following is a record of inspections undertaken during the year:—
DISTRICT OFFICES AND INSPECTIONS
Office Location Inspections
Abbotsford  3,548
Alberni  2,865
Chilliwack   2,995
Courtenay   2,825
Cranbrook  2,149
Dawson Creek  1,440
Duncan   2,946
Fort St. John  1,317
Kamloops   2,859
Langley   3,013
Nanaimo   2,255
Nelson  1,969
New Westminster (three Inspectors)  6,107
Penticton   2,362
Powell River  2,205
Prince George (two Inspectors)  5,251
Quesnel   1,491
Prince Rupert   1,746
Richmond (two Inspectors)   6,109
Trail   1,712
Vancouver  1,105
Vernon  2,824
Victoria (three Inspectors)   8,231
Total   69,324
The total number of inspections completed during the year represents an
increase of 9,215 or 15 per cent over the preceding year.
A new office was opened at Trail, effective May 5th, 1958, and a new Inspector
was appointed to this office.
Due to increased construction activity in the Lower Mainland, it was necessary
to implement the following to provide improved service:—
(1) An additional Inspector was appointed to the New Westminster office,
July 7th, 1958, to assist with inspections for Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam,
loco, Port Moody, and District Lot 172. Two Inspectors now provide
service for these areas.
(2) An Inspector was transferred from Richmond office to New Westminster
office, effective September 18th, 1958, to undertake inspections for North
Delta, Annacis Island, and University of British Columbia. A new
Inspector was appointed to Richmond office.
(3) Effective January 26th, 1959, clerical assistance was employed at New
Westminster office to commence issuing permits.
Permits may now be obtained at the following locations: Vancouver, Victoria,
New Westminster, Prince George, and Dawson Creek.
Effective August 6th, 1958, inspections for the City of Nanaimo were undertaken by this Division. The city is now incorporated with the district being served
by the Inspector located at Nanaimo. PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1958/59 P 37
PROSECUTIONS
One prosecution was initiated during the year, and a conviction obtained.
EXAMINATION OF MOTION-PICTURE PROJECTIONISTS
The Division assisted the Provincial Fire Marshal in conducting eight examinations for projectionists. The regulations covering such examinations provide
that the Inspector of Electrical Energy be a member of this Examining Board in
company with the Fire Marshal. In this connection, all fees arising from these
examinations accrue to the credit of the Fire Marshal's department.
RECOMMENDATIONS
I would like to recommend that consideration be given to the following factors,
which, in my opinion, would improve the service now being given:—
(a) This Division now employs twenty-eight district Inspectors, who are
located in various centres throughout the Province. The situation at
present is such that sufficient time is not available for the Chief Inspector
to frequently check the work undertaken. Better service and correlation
would result if a regional plan were developed. I suggest we should employ three regional supervisors, to be located in Victoria, Prince George,
and either Kamloops or Vernon. Due to the financial policy which has
now been indicated, I have deferred including an amount in the coming
fiscal year's estimates to provide for this implementation.
(b) A study should be undertaken to consider whether the present service
should be extended to include further municipal areas under the direct
operation of this Division. At the present time, only the City of Victoria
and the Municipality of Oak Bay on Vancouver Island operate under
municipal jurisdiction. On the Mainland, the following centres operate
under municipal jurisdiction: City of Vancouver, City of New West-
mister, City of North Vancouver, Municipality of West Burnaby, Municipality of Surrey, Municipality of Maple Ridge, Municipality of Pitt
Meadows, City of Kitimat, City of Vernon, City of Kelowna, City of
Penticton, City of Fernie, City of Revelstoke, Municipality of Summer-
land, and Municipality of Rossland. All other cities, municipalities, villages, and unorganized territory are served by this Division directly. The
benefits to the public would be in better correlation and direction as well
as providing a more efficient service through skilled and trained personnel.
(c) Further decentralization in the matter of issuing permits and collecting
fees is recommended where such practice can be justified on the basis of
volume.
(J) The regulations governing certificates of competency should now be given
some study. They have been in effect since 1950, and some improvement
may be effected. The Department of Labour, through the Apprenticeship
Branch, is initiating courses of training for electricians. Some correlation
with that Branch may be beneficial to all concerned.
CANADIAN STANDARDS ASSOCIATION
The Chief Inspector continued to represent the Province on the Approvals
Council of the Canadian Standards Association and on committees on the Canadian
Electrical Code. He continues to act as chairman of the Canadian Electrical Code,
Part I, Committee, which Committee is responsible for the preparation and editing P 38 BRITISH COLUMBIA
of the Canadian Electrical Code. The seventh edition was finalized in the early part
of this year and was officially adopted as the minimum requirement for electrical
installations generally, in May of this year, by Order in Council No. 1098. The
new revised edition is the first complete issue since 1953 and brings our regulations
up to date.
Two meetings of the Canadian Standards Association Approvals Council
(Electrical) and of the Committee on the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, were
attended, the first during May in Winnipeg and the second during October in Montreal. The standards are constantly under review, reflecting the use of new materials
and improved techniques developed by industry.
POLE-LINE PERMITS
During the year the Division checked 814 applications for the erection of pole-
lines on Crown lands or Provincial highways. Recommendations on each application were forwarded to the Regional Engineer of the Department of Highways.
PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
The Division continued to prepare electrical plans and specifications for our
Department and the Department of Highways. It was necessary to employ casual
assistance to assist in the preparation of these plans and specifications. Such casual
assistance was charged against the various projects on which this class of personnel
was employed.
Forty-six projects, for a total value of approximately $200,000, were designed
for the Department of Public Works and twenty-one for the Department of Highways, at an approximate value of $125,000.
In addition to the preparation of plans and specifications, supervision was also
exercised over each contract during construction. The Division also acted in a
consulting capacity to other Government departments.
ACCIDENTS
There were nineteen accidents recorded during the year. Of these six were
fatal, which represents a decrease of one in the number of fatalities reported for the
previous year.
May I again express my appreciation for your splendid co-operation and
continued interest in our problems and to your Departmental staff for valuable
assistance rendered during the year.
L. Robson, P.Eng.,
Inspector of Electrical Energy. PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1958/59
P 39
W. R. MONTGOMERY
Assistant Chief Gas Inspector
A native of Vancouver, B.C., born on August 15th, 1920, he received
his preliminary education in Langara Public School, Kitsilano Junior
High School, and Lord Byng.
Early studies at the University of British Columbia were interrupted
by three years in the Royal Canadian Air Force.   After the war, courses
were resumed, and a degree in mechanical engineering was obtained in
1951.
Mr. Montgomery has a wide experience with construction and engineering firms.    He
joined the Department of Public Works as assistant Chief Gas Inspector in October, 1958.
REPORT OF THE CHIEF GAS INSPECTOR
In accordance with the provisions of the Gas Act, I have the honour to submit
the fifth annual report of the operation of the Gas Inspection Division for the fiscal
year ended March 31st, 1959.
THE ACT
The Gas Act was amended during the 1959 Session of the Legislature, the
amendment being chapter 36 of the Statutes of British Columbia, 1959, and was
assented to on March 20th, 1959, by the Lieutenant-Governor.
This amendment extended the scope of the Gas Act to include distribution-
lines, services, and mains carrying natural, manufactured, or mixed gases at a
pressure up to 100 pounds per square inch, gauge.
THE DIVISION
At present the staff consists of the Chief Inspector, Assistant Chief Inspector,
fifteen Gas Inspectors, one Senior Clerk (Office Manager), one Clerk-Stenographer
—Grade 2, one Clerk-Typist—Grade 2, and three Clerk-Typists—Grade 1, plus
one Clerk-Typist—Grade 1 in Abbotsford office and one Clerk-Typist—Grade 1
(half time) in Victoria office.
Night-school courses were again given in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo,
Abbotsford, and Trail. These classes were conducted jointly by this Division,
the gas utility, and the School Boards. Short courses were held in Nelson, Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon, Kamloops, and Prince George. These short courses were
held in conjunction with the gas utility. In all, more than 925 persons attended
these courses.
Natural gas was distributed for the first time in Prince George by Inland
Natural Gas Company Limited. All the utilities have greatly expanded their
distribution systems in the last year. The volume of natural gas used in the past
year has more than doubled that used in the previous year.
The following municipalities were added to the areas inspected by this Division:
City of Prince George, City of Victoria, and District of Saanich.
REGULATIONS
In order to accommodate developments in the gas industry, the regulations
were amended by the following Orders in Council: Order in Council No. 1922,
" Regulations for Interim Approval and Interim Listing of Gas Appliances in
British Columbia," approved August 19th,  1958;   Order in Council No.  1923, P 40 BRITISH COLUMBIA
" Regulations Governing the Installation of Gas Piping, Appliances, and Venting,"
approved August 19th, 1958; and Order in Council No. 1924/58, "Regulations
Respecting Gas Fitters, Contractors, and Dealers," approved August 19th, 1958.
ACCIDENTS
During the fiscal year there was one explosion in a home, in the Municipality
of Richmond.   There were no injuries or deaths attributed to natural gas.
SUMMARY OF WORK
New designs checked, industrial approval  411
Gas Codes distributed  881
Gas-fitters' licences issued  1,137
Gas contractors' licences  568
Provisional licences  1,281
Gas-fitters' examinations  264
Gas-fitters' re-examinations   137
Number of gas-fitters passed examination  277
Number of gas permits issued, municipalities  17,428
Number of gas permits issued by this Division  16,230
A. G. Kaneen, P.Eng.,
Chief Gas Inspector.
Webster gas burner installed on a grass dehydrator in the Fraser Valley. PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1958/59
P 41
A. E. RHODES
Mr. Rhodes, a resident graduate of International Accountants Society
Inc., is a native British Columbian, having been born in Merritt in 1922.
He entered the Provincial Government service in 1940 as a junior clerk
in the Accounting Branch of the Forest Service, and held various positions in that Branch prior to enlistment on active service from 1942 to
1946. Upon return from overseas service, he was re-employed, and later
promoted to the position of Assistant Chief Accountant of the Forest
Service in 1948.    With the signing of the Federal-Provincial agreement
for forest inventory in  1952, he was appointed as Chief Clerk of the Forest Surveys and
Inventory Division, which position he held until his return to the Accounting Branch as Chief
Accountant in 1955.
Mr. Rhodes commenced employment with the Department of Public Works in March,
1958, following the untimely death of Mr. J. E. Moore, former Departmental Comptroller.
A
REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENTAL
COMPTROLLER
The following pages present the financial report of the Department of Public
Works. During the fiscal year 1958/59 there were no major changes in accounting
methods that would result in revised presentation of financial reports; however, the
general format of the report has been revised to conform with a similar presentation
of such information contained in Public Accounts.
A. E. Rhodes,
Departmental Comptroller. P 42
BRITISH COLUMBIA
STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURES, FISCAL YEAR 1958/59
ADMINISTRATION AND MAINTENANCE VOTES
(For details see Public Accounts.)
Vole 321.    Minister's Office   $20,000.88
Vote 322.    General Administration   133,396.54
Vote 323.    Parliament Buildings (Maintenance)   642,435.72
Vote 324.    Government House (Maintenance)  (gross)   45,252.13
Vote 325.    Government Buildings (Maintenance)   (gross)   2,308,827.02
Vote 326.    Rentals (gross)   347,698.16
Vote 327.    Gas Division, Vancouver  135,043.44
Vote 328.    Steam-boiler Inspection, Vancouver   125,771.44
Vote 329.    Electrical Energy Inspection (gross)    297,231.13
Vote 330.    Salary Revision  133,000.00
Special Warrant No. 5.    Cost of completing, altering, decorating,
and furnishing premises for Forestry Adviser	
12,053.01
Less credits—
Deductions for rent, Government House
Rentals, etc., Government buildings 	
Repayable items, Rental Vote	
Recoverable items, Electrical Energy	
$4,200,709.47
479.59
127,460.53
10,950.00
43,500.00
$4,018,319.35
CAPITAL
(See expenditures by buildings listed on page 43.)
Vote 355.    Construction of Provincial Buildings
Less Federal contributions, health units __
$3,247,098.88
271,230.25
$2,975,868.63
SUMMARY
Net expenditure—
Administration and maintenance
Capital 	
$4,018,319.35
2,975,868.63
$6,994,187.98 PUBLIC WORKS REPORT, 1958/59 P 43
STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURES—Continued
VOTE 355—CONSTRUCTION OF PROVINCIAL BUILDINGS,
FISCAL YEAR 1958/59
Project No.                                                                Description Expenditures
242-B-l        Abbotsford Poultry Testing Houses—reroofing and paving  $9,478.71
289-B          General expenses—supplies, planning surveys, etc.   159,681.08
30-B-l        Partitioning of present security unit into single rooms, Brannen Lake
School   280.47
30-B-2        Renovation to counter in dining-room and tile floors, Brannen Lake
School   1,497.02
30-B-3        Ramp and door installed as fire-escape from dining-room, Brannen
Lake School   1,426.43
299-B           Burnaby Vocational School   256,654.48
6-B-27      Colony Farm—calf barn, new metal pens  11,136.94
306-B           Air-conditioning, Government Building, Cranbrook   39,303.88
239-B-l        Purchase of property—Gore storage-shed, Department of Mines,
Dawson Creek   7,725.00
239-B-2       Purchase of property, Department of Mines residences, Dawson
Creek   3,000.00
Essondale—
5-B-21           100-bed nurses' home and training centre (furnishings)    77,988.98
5-B-53          300-bed unit, Home for the Aged, Port Coquitlam (furnishings) 239,920.43
5-B-65          Two new boilers and addition to boiler-house   190,444.88
5-B-82          Water-supply system   35,185.92
5-B-97 Fire-escapes, Home for the Aged, Port Coquitlam, Buildings  1
and 2 _._.   Nil
5-B-101        New substation and overhead circuits   130,774.95
5-B-102        Alterations and renovations to kitchen, storage, and staff chang-
ing-rooms     8,335.60
5-B-112        Ventilation, West Lawn Building  8,118.88
5-B-113        Sewage-plant equipment     6,940.50
5-B-115        New cemetery   9,079.88
5-B-116        Landscaping, roads, parking, etc.   15,709.65
5-B-l 18        Stairwells and four additional fire exits, East Lawn Building  Nil
5-B-119        Garbage-handling incinerator   1,625.00
208-B           Girls' Industrial School, Burnaby (furnishings)   157,942.67
243-B-l        Fort St. John equipment-shed   16,736.01
290-B           New Government House   1,156,344.21
Haney—
123-B-4           Completion of wiring for vocational shops and adapt horn system 4,308.69
123-B-5           Development of grounds and irrigation system  12,011.39
123-B-6            Concrete footings for perimeter fence   8,475.97
123-B-7           Storage-tanks for gasoline and diesel oil  1,975.46
123-B-8            Additional office space and identification room   4,970.69
123-B               Chain link fencing—supply and erection   1,279.40
79-B-4       Ground development, Jericho Hill School (tree-clearing only)   1,669.05
205-B           Electrical distribution, Kamloops office building  2,223.00
305-B          Air-conditioning, Kelowna Government buildings   56,841.19
310-B          Purchase of property, Mission Provincial Government buildings .... 6,535.25
231-B-l        Purchase of land, Nanaimo Vocational School   4,000.00
202-B-l       Alterations to Court-house, Nanaimo   4,935.00
304-B          Renovations to Court-house, New Westminster   5,600.00
301-B-l        Regional Highways office. North Vancouver (Swedish Rest Home) 17,773.65
Oakalla—
39-B-18          South Wing fence continuing down Royal Oak Avenue, around
property   10,794.68
39-B-31          Stand-by electrical service  12,214.12
39-B-35 Additions and alterations, Women's Gaol (laundry equipment and
furnishings)    .  9,906.75 P 44
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Project No.
39-B-41
39-B-42
39-B-50
39-B-54
39-B-51
39-B-53
39-B-56
233-B
201-B
24-B-4
314-B
316-B
318-B
25-B-7
178-B-l
178-B-3
178-B-4
279-B-l
279-B-2
279-B-3
279-B-4
7-B-26
7-B-37
7-B-38
7-B-39
7-B-40
7-B-41
STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURES—Continued
VOTE 355—CONSTRUCTION OF PROVINCIAL BUILDINGS,
FISCAL YEAR 1958/59—Continued
Description
New kitchen, Young Offenders' Unit	
Renovations of old chapel   	
Women's huts	
Ventilation of shop facilities (licence-plate shop), Westgate 	
Fire Marshal's recommendations	
Remodel basement area into intake and reception area 	
Additional boiler capacity 	
Conversion of elevator, Pearson Tuberculosis Hospital 	
New Court-house, Prince George (furnishings)	
Installation of dishwasher, Home for the Aged, Terrace	
Purchase   of   building-site,   Trail   (preliminary   investigation   and
negotiations into purchase of site for Government building) 	
Purchase of house, Prince Rupert, for Deputy Registrar	
Public Works storage-building, Vancouver	
Installation of dish washer, Home for the Aged, Vernon	
Alterations, Victoria College	
Addition to Ewing Building, Victoria College	
Temporary huts, Victoria College 	
Ventilation, Multiplex Building, Victoria 	
Purchase of property, 302 Kingston Street, Victoria	
Renovation to Legislature 	
Alterations to switchboard, Parliament Buildings	
The Woodlands School—
Auditorium  (furnishings)
Electrical distribution and rebuilding vault 	
Furnishings and equipment, Rehabilitation Centre
Toilet facilities for new playing-field	
Landscaping, fencing, paving, etc. 	
Renovations to old kitchen	
Expenditures
$11,676.22
2,525.11
17,211.50
7,926.54
1,241.09
14,188.99
31,044.00
Nil
71,466.43
3,779.19
Nil
18,000.00
10,691.61
5,463.49
29,926.93
154,886.50
49,916.30
16,000.00
6,250.00
5,246.05
Nil
32,692.46
24,471.96
7,376.94
Nil
1,740.52
12,531.19
$3,247,098.88  P 46 BRITISH COLUMBIA
TENDERS RECEIVED AND CONTRACTS AWARDED
Description of Work and Names of Tenderers
Amount Remarks
New Government House—Plumbing:
Ballam  & Rawlings
W. R. Menzies & Co. Ltd...
T. A. Harvey Ltd	
M. Griffin Ltd	
The Bay Co.  (B.C.)  Ltd...
New Government House—Heating and Ventilating:
Shaw Sheet Metal Ltd 	
T. A. Harvey Ltd..
W. R. Menzies & Co. Ltd..
Sewage-disposal Plant, Burnaby:
Dawson & Hall Ltd 	
Jarvis Construction Co. Ltd	
G. W. Ledingham & Co. Ltd....
Beaver Construction Co. Ltd.—
Mainland Construction Co. Ltd _
Saxton Construction Co. Ltd _.
Halse-Martin Construction Co. Ltd..
Flanders  Installations  Ltd	
J. S. Johnston Ltd. _ 	
Surrey Excavating Co. Ltd..
Bevenco Construction Co. Ltd._
Piping For one 75,000-pounds-per-hour Coal-fired Boiler, Provincial Mental Hospital, Essondale:
H. S. Crombie Ltd      	
Flanders  Installations  Ltd..
C. B. Archibald Ltd	
Vancouver Pipe & Engine Works Ltd..
Fred Welsh & Son Ltd	
The Bay Co. (B.C.) Ltd.
New Government House—Electrical :
H. J. Langdon & Sons Ltd	
Mawson-Gage  Ltd _	
Mott Electric Ltd._ _	
Camosun Electric Co. Ltd	
Peterson Electrical Construction Co. Ltd.
Hume & Rumble Ltd.._ 	
Ricketts-Sewell Electric Ltd  	
Air-conditioning, Kelowna Government Building:
Nelson-Payne Equipment Ltd   	
Fred Welsh & Son Ltd  	
Lockerby <_ Hole Western Ltd—
Barr & Anderson (Interior) Ltd—
Hodgson Ltd _  	
E. Winter Ltd 	
N. E. McConaghy Ltd.
Foundations and Roads, Vocational School, Burnaby:
Alliance Construction Co. Ltd	
Beaver Construction Co. Ltd	
Halse-Martin Construction Co. Ltd...
Marpole Construction Co. Ltd	
Klassen Construction Ltd.— 	
Van Burn Construction Co. Ltd-
Jarvis Construction Co. Ltd..
New Government House—Masonry  (Stone and Brick Work), Hollow Clay
Tile, Concrete Block, Structural Glazed Tile, and Slate Flooring:
Allied Masonry Ltd—     —	
EIHgott Masonry Ltd    	
P. K. Smith    .	
Ed Guizzetti Construction Ltd	
P. K. Smith  	
Air-conditioning, Cranbrook Provincial Government Offices :
Hodgson Ltd.
Patmore's Plumbing & Heating Co.-
Ben's Heating & Sheet Metal Co	
Fred Welsh & Son Ltd 	
Barr & Anderson  (Interior) Ltd..
Bennett's  Ltd. ..._ _ —
Grant's Plumbing & Heating  	
Crankbrook Sheet Metal and Shaw's Plumbing & Heating.
Lethbridge Sheet Metal  	
Addition to Ewing Building, Victoria College:
G.  N. Wheaton  Ltd.   	
Commonwealth  Construction Co	
Parfitt Construction Co. Ltd  	
Farmer Construction Ltd 	
A. & B. Construction     _ 	
$69,130.00
53,683.00
45,630.00
66,000.00
50,237.00
83,011.00
85,529.00
92,800.00
43,582.00
44,620.00
54,365.00
35,734.00
38,796.00
42,895.00
42,128.00
43,000.00
42,800.00
31,999.74
39,997.00
140,542.00
169,442.00
114,400.00
145,280.46
109,472.00
93,765.00
70,862.00
79,370.00
77,152.00
73,800.00
85,537.00
73,985.00
67,990.00
57,730.00
58,300.00
57,986.00
56,148.00
54,809.00
55,277.00
62,845.00
81,524.00
48,375.00
54,836.00
47,900.00
40,655.00
87,500.00
47,190.00
183,983.70
192,083.00
51,900.00
163,000.00
14,900.00
41,820.00
39,868.00
37.810.00
36,519.00
39,425.00
38,100.00
40.241.50
38,768.61
34,825.31
155,950.00
166,326.00
148,987.00
161,763.00
147,499.00
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
Incomplete.
Awarded.
Incomplete.
!
I Awarded.
Awarded. PUBLIC WORKS REPORT, 1958/59 P 47
TENDERS RECEIVED AND CONTRACTS AWARDED—Continued
Description of Work and Names of Tenderers
Amount
Remarks
New Government House—Mill work, Windows, and Exterior Doors :
21,066.00
13,800.00
18,986.00
13,798.00
20,975.00
11,100.00
15,353.00
18,999.00
21,526.00
11,820.00
12,385.00
11,746.00
22,980.00
19,718.00
22,000.00
12,010.00
15,300.00
13,465.00
9,180.00
9,796.00
7,968.00
9,318.00
5,058.00
6,380.00
17,165.00
10,300.00
9,211.00
30,806.00
19,863.00
19,320.00
10,194.00
14,177.00
19,203.00
12,900.00
11,000.00
8,095.00
9.766.05
9,518.20
138,828.00
141,499.00
136,322.00
148,140.00
131,024.00
137,100.00
118,653.00
117,977.00
4,700.00
6,490.00
7,000.00    |
152,545.00    1
169,913.00    |
10,500.00    1
90,598.00
148,410.00
180,981.00
92,917.00    1
Builders Sash fr Tlnnr ltd,
New Government House—Copper and Build Up Roof:
M. Griffin Ltd                          -   :'
Willshire Roofing & Steel Co. Ltd	
Pacific Sheet Metal Works Ltd.           ...              ...
New Government House—Resilient Flooring:
T.  Eaton Cn   Canada  Ttd.
Flnnr Craft Ttd
New Government House—Ceramic Tiling, Wall and Floor:
W  n  n'Neill cn ltd
Darlington, Haskins & Co. (1943) Ltd  _	
New Government House—Insulation:
F. Drexel Co. Ltd _	
New Government House—Cedar Shakes :
Ben Webb Roofing Co. Ltd	
M. Griffin Ltd.      	
Pacific Coast Insulation & Roofing Co. Ltd	
New Government House—Glass and Glazing :
Canadian Pittsburgh Industries Ltd	
O'Neill Glass & Paint Co. Ltd...    	
Awarded.
New Government House—Acoustic Tile:
F. Drexel Cn  ltd.
Dominion Sound Equipment Ttd
Insulation of Piping and Equipment for Power Plant Extension, Provincial
Mental Hospital, Essondale:
Walker-Rutledge   Ltd _..	
Fleck Bros. Ltd                                	
F. Drexel Cn   Ttd.
Colony Farm—Calf Barn, New Metal Pens:
Coyne & Ratcliffe Construction Co. Ltd	
Fence for Reservoir, Provincial Mental Hospital, Essondale:
R. K. Smith                    _
Awarded.
Wright's Canadian Ropes Ltd           .   .
A.I.M. Steel Ltd  _                                      	
Conversion of Administration Building, Bisco, Essondale :
Lickley Construction Co. Ltd _	
No contract let.
Holand Construction Ltd.. ._  	
12-k.v. Distribution Facilities, Essondale Mental Hospital:
J. H. McRae Co. Ltd    	
B.C. Bridge Electrical Co. Ltd	
Mott Electric Ltd.	
The Tide Co. (B.C.) Ltd	
Stucco, Exterior Walls of Army Huts, Victoria College, Victoria:
R. K. Smith	
H. D. Pottinger & Sons	
Stanley Olson	
New Government House—Interior Millwork :
Sigurdson Millwork Co. ,	
New Government House—Wood-block Flooring:
V.I. Floor Centre Ltd. _.	
Awarded.
New Government House—Lathing and Plastering:
E. Dann Ltd  	
Duncan & Heighes _	
Palmer <- Sons P 48 BRITISH COLUMBIA
TENDERS RECEIVED AND CONTRACTS AWARDED—Continued
Description of Work and Names of Tenderers
Amount
Remarks
Water Distribution Main, Provincial Mental Hospital, Essondale:
Christian & Allan Ltd _   	
General Pipe Contractors  	
The Bay Co. (B.C.) Ltd..      	
Allied Business Enterprises Ltd  -   	
Van's Contracting Co. Ltd  — 	
Fred Welsh & Son Ltd   _ 	
G. W Ledngham & Co. Ltd 	
Surrey Excavating Co. Ltd.  — 	
Harry Sanderson Construction Ltd.	
Alterations to Underground Electrical Services, The Woodlands School, New
Westminster :
The Tide Co. (B.C.) Ltd    	
Ricketts-Sewell Electric Ltd  	
Mott Electric Ltd  _ 	
H. J. Sayer Co. Ltd _    	
J. H. McRae Co. Ltd  	
Hume & Rumble Ltd.     	
Alterations to Security Wing, Brannen Lake School for Boys:
W. M. Quast Construction     	
A. & B. Construction Co. Ltd   -  	
Supply  and  Installation  of  20,000-pounds-per-hour  Boiler,   Oakalla  Prison
Farm, Burnaby:
Vancouver Iron & Engineering Works Ltd	
Foster-Wheeler  Ltd   	
Bumstead-Woolford   Ltd.  	
John Thompson Leonard Ltd.      — _ 	
Babcock, Wilcox, Goldie & McCulloch Ltd	
Landscape Development, Girls' Industrial School, Burnaby:
Holland Landscapers Ltd _ _  	
Chris Williams       	
Conniston Construct on Co 	
Norman H. Woods & Associates    	
Berger-Smith Landscaping Ltd      	
Gunter's Landscaping Ltd.    _    	
New Government House—Ballroom Millwork :
Builders Sash & Door Ltd  _    	
Sigurdson Millwork Co. Ltd.    	
New Government House—Painting and Decorating:
Ed Longman Co. Ltd  _ _   _	
Mort Brown Ltd. _ — _ _  	
Old Country Decorators Ltd—   	
R. H Neven Co. Ltd       	
J. T. Devlin & Co. Ltd.... __    	
Heal & McAllister        	
Fraser Bros. Painting Contractors Ltd 	
New Government House—Stone Masonry for Main Terrace and Planters on
North Facade:
Allied Masonry Ltd.  _   _.
Ed Guizzetti Contracting Ltd  	
Landscape Development, Girls' Industrial School, Burnaby:
Holland Landscapers Ltd      	
V. B. Johnson         	
Norman H. Woods & Associates   	
Berger-Smith Landscaping Ltd  	
Conniston Construction Co. Ltd.    	
25,475.64
23,920.00
34,567.00
37,911.51
32,300.00
41,722.00
28,350.00
21,938.38
41,427.47
30,572.00
29,950.00
30,600.00
32,000.00
30,435.00
27,777.00
9,869.00
8,347.00
30,585.00
29,604.00
43,741.00
31,235.00
34,543.00
32,467.65
9.841.40
19,300.00
26,494.00
30.7O1.30
59,321.41
19,765.00
14,351.68
17,784.00
21,350.00
56,850.00
28,900.00
22,720.00
23,887.00
29,000.00
11,700.00
15,634.00
27,894.00
22,810.00
25,550.00
28,987.30
25,872.50
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
No contract
awarded.
Incomplete.
I
I Awarded.
No contract
awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1960
3101259-1719

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