Macdonald & Lawrence Timer Framing Ltd., a Cobble Hill carpentry and restoration company with a global reputation, has won the bid to build the new Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre.The Cowichan Wooden Boat Society is fundraising for two phases of the project -- the new centre and workshop areas, and roof repairs to the existing pods and piers that extended 82 metres into Cowichan Bay. Each is costing $375,000 and is expected to be complete in 2012.
A former oil facility, the Maritime Centre was originally built in 1988. Gord Macdonald and Steve Lawrence are already doing a brisk business close to home, leading the rehabilitation of the historic Kinsol Trestle in the Cowichan Valley and the Nanaimo Bastion. The company, which has 30 full-time staff and works out of a 12,000-square-foot carpentry shop, has done restorations on four continents over the years, ranging from castles and cathedrals to the expedition huts of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton in Antarctica. Later this month, Macdonald and Lawrence will be restoring Bill Reid's Mortuary Building for the Museum of Anthropology at UBC.