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RNF Ventures site supervisor Orlan Peterson is seen outside of the largest project heâs supervised yet -- the Pineview Terrace Lodge long-term care facility. Peterson has awarded the Merit Outstanding Site Supervisor Award during the recent Merit Saskatchewan awards gala.
When the new Pineview Terrace Lodge long-term care facility opens in about two months, Orlan Peterson will be a very proud man.
As site supervisor with Prince Albert-based general contracting company RNF Ventures, the project is the largest one Peterson has supervised and is one he looks forward to seeing completion of.
âI take pride in doing this kind of thing and I want it to look good for future generations,â he said.
âI may be in here one day,â he added with a chuckle.
Managing a crew of between 50 and 70 people on any given day has been a challenge, he said, noting that while âeverybody wants to work in separate areas, everything has to be co-ordinated in stages.â
As site supervisor, quality management comes down to him -- something heâs taken seriously throughout the 55,000-square-foot building with a basement and crawl space of the same size.
âWe actually are tied into the existing hospital with a tunnel as well, so once youâre in the hospital you wonât have to come out to get to this place,â he noted.
In the midst of his most significant career achievement to date, Peterson was awarded the Merit Outstanding Site Supervisor Award at a recent Merit Contractors Association of Saskatchewan banquet in Saskatoon.
âInitially I was kind of surprised,â he said. âI donât do this for awards âŠ I just go to work and do what I do, so I guess to be recognized is kind of special, but itâs not why I do what I do.â
Prior to joining RNF Ventures as a journeyman carpenter about 20 years ago, Peterson dabbled in various professions, taking on farming and various other projects.
I take pride in doing this kind of thing and I want it to look good for future generations. Orlan Peterson
Once he found employment at RNF Ventures, he said that he was there to stay.
âTheyâre a good bunch of guys, and theyâve given me good opportunity to work with them,â he said. âI just like to see quality, see the projects -- the buildings that we do -- I like to see them look good in the end, so thatâs my passion.
âJust giving the owners a good quality building that looks awesome when weâre done.â
In a release, Merit Contractors Association of Saskatchewan noted that Petersonâs selection for the award comes as a result of his extremely hard-working nature, keen organizational skills and dedication to the safety of the worksites he manages.
âOrlan has not forgotten where he started in the industry and he knows that everyone his job site is important to the success of the project,â Darcy Renaud from RNF Ventures said in a release. âHe treats everyone with incredible respect and itâs great to see him honored by the industry.â
In addition to the Pineview Terrace Lodge, Peterson supervised the construction of the Alfred Jenkins Field House and the Elk Ridge Lodge.
He also served on the crew that worked on the Art Hauser Centreâs renovations of almost 10 years ago.