BUILDING A FUTURE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
Surrounding our Pemberton-based company is the traditional territory of the Lil’wat7u or Lil’wat First Nation, spanning north to Whistler and extending out towards Lillooet. The majority of the Nation’s members reside in and around the town of Mount Currie, which shares the same name as the dramatic mountain that hovers more than 2300 vertical meters above our valley.
At Murphy Construction, we feel it is our responsibility to take into consideration the needs of our neighbouring communities and work together to pursue sustainability through economic impact and job security for future generations. In 2014, through a request for proposal bid, Murphy Construction was proudly awarded an opportunity to provide training, mentorship, construction management expertise, and job creation within the Lil’wat Nation.
What started as a collaboration to complete home renovations in Mount Currie has grown into an ongoing partnership leading to the construction of multi-family housing units, a youth centre, hockey rink, and the 8 million post-secondary institution, the Ts’zil Learning Centre. Ts’zil opened to students in September of 2018 and is a landmark build for our team. The educational opportunities the centre provides will have long lasting impacts on the local communities and become a legacy for the future youths of the Lil’wat Nation. We look forward to the day when our current labourers will complete their Red Seal carpentry ticket through the school they helped build from the ground up.
Murphy Construction's team proudly delivered the 23,000 sq foot Gondola Barn for Vail Resorts on Blackcomb Mountain in the fall of 2018. Recent project start ups are the future Health and Healing Centre and the Gas Station on Highway 99 and Lillooet Lakes Road in Mount Currie.
In 2018, Murphy Construction and the Lil'wat Nation won a BC Economic Development Association's (BCEDA) award in the Community Project category for population under 20K. As part of a strategic partnership agreement with the Nation, Murphy has carried out a number of major capital projects for the nation while simultaneously providing job opportunities and construction management opportunities.
We are currently made up of 70% First Nations members, and as our company continues to grow, we remain committed to creating more job opportunities for nation members, as well as long-lasting careers for all of our employees. Not only is Murphy Construction providing these job opportunities, our subcontractors are also invested in the same guiding principles and partnership with nation members. Together, we work to realize our vision of building great buildings by building great people. It has been empowering, motivating and inspiring for our entire team to build within budget and on schedule projects for the families and businesses of the Lil’wat community.
We strongly believe our relationship with the Lil’wat Nation is the foundation to every successful project completed to date.