CDS has been busy working on the relocation of the horticulture building for about a month and a half. The work has been greatly facilitated by the leadership of Mario Lapalme, partner at CDS Building Movers and site supervisor and Guy Sergerie, site supervisor.
Mario and Guy have worked together for 18 years and can often anticipate what the other person is thinking or doing, making communications with each other and the team members seamless. Although they are both in constant movement around the site, with occasional breaks to study the plans, the energy is calm yet constantly productive while safety is always a top priority. They know the team members well enough to assign tasks that build upon current knowledge and experience while providing enough growth opportunities so that the tasks are stimulating yet completed with confidence.
When seeing the team at work on the site, you will notice that everyone is concentrating deeply on the tasks at hand and you can see the pride they take in completing their work.
Guy has been moving and building structures for the past 20 years, both with CDS and his own company. He also builds houses from the ground up. He is married to Sylvette and has two children, Guillaume, 18 and Samuel, 16. We are also fortunate to have Guy’s son Guillaume working part-time on the Horticulture Building.
When I asked Guy what the biggest challenge of the Horticulture Building move is, he says,
“The biggest challenge is not only the size of the building, but to try to coordinate everything and to find a solution for every problem in the way. But it’s the type of job I like doing. It has been a pleasure to work on this job and with the people involved in it.”
Guy has the special quality of being able to extract the best qualities in his team members. When asked how he does this, he says, “I treat everyone with respect.” It is obvious that he has the respect of his team members, the engineers and the other contractors on site. He also has the quality of being able to find solutions and develop new methods to solve problems along the way.
Mario has nothing but praise for Guy, “I met for the first time Guy on a job site near Embrun 18 years ago. It is so easy for me with Guy. Guy is somebody really special. He is so organized, smart, and thinking ahead is one of his skills. That is what you need to be good leader and building mover. Guy has lots of talent. He can build a house from head to toe, renovate any building that you need to do and is excellent on a computer. With all these talents, patience and all of his experience, he is a key part of this project. I respect Guy like a brother and a best friend.”