David Ratzlaff

For David Ratzlaff, fulfilling his own dream is in turn fulfilling dreams for others—through the homes that his company builds.

by Lisa Crane
Man receiving an award from another man

David Ratzlaff received a Built Green award from Terry Lake, MLA for Kamloops, North Thompson. — Photo courtesy HR Pacific

For David Ratzlaff, fulfilling his own dream is in turn fulfilling dreams for others—through the homes that his company builds.

“I have always enjoyed building fine homes, and to build resort homes in this environment is a dream come true,” said David Ratzlaff, principal of HR Pacific Construction Management in Golden. “For a builder, there is no better work than to build architecturally designed homes on a ski hill, and when I was a teenager I saw how Whistler took off and always wanted to be part of a new resort community.”

Ratzlaff is speaking about his company's achievements in Golden and at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (KHMR). He is excited about the year ahead, especially if it is anything like last year. He said HR Pacific had a very productive year in 2011.

“We have expanded into the Calgary market and have two architecturally designed projects under construction in Calgary, as well as three resort homes in Kicking Horse Mountain Resort,” said Ratzlaff. 

The company won a Built Green Award for the most affordable Built Green BC home for its Vista Lofts development and a Keystone Award (best affordable housing project) for the same project.

When asked about his company's community involvement, Ratzlaff said that it supports the Kicking Horse Culture Association and hosts a contractor's golf tournament every year, with proceeds going to a local trade scholarship. As well, one of the company's policies is to build a home in Nicaragua for every home built here. Two employees will be there in January to work on the projects; this is through Bridges to Communities.

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