As demand increases, Hive Engineering moves to a larger home



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MONCTON – Beehive engineering moved to his new home in downtown Moncton.

The environmental engineering firm has traded in its old home at 155 Cornhill St., in the same building as the Omista Credit Union, for an approximately 3,000 square foot boom at 29 Victoria St. – one that’s about twice the size of its previous location.

Andrea Kalafut, CEO and President of Hive Engineering, said the move was driven by a growing list of clients, resulting in a need for more space.

“I believe there is a strong demand in the Atlantic Provinces for the services provided by local small businesses and I believe the Moncton business community is very supportive of local small businesses like ours,” she declared.

“People from all types of industries know us and have been good to us, and they help us grow.”

Kalafut said Hive had seen evidence of an eastward migration to Canada, with the company receiving one to two calls per week from people in Ontario and British Columbia, originally from Atlantic Canada, seeking to head back east and requesting property inspections.

“There is definitely an increase. The number of calls we have received from people in the West who wish to return has increased significantly, ”she said.

The move to the Colliers-owned boom on Victoria Street increased the square footage of Hive’s lab space, providing more space to test and store soil, water and building material samples.

“We do a dirty job there, but it’s mainly for the storage of samples and equipment,” Kalafut said.

The move went without a hitch, Kalafut and his team completed their move in half a day. The only problem was to furnish the new space. Supply chain issues have slowed the movement of new offices.

“It has nothing to do with suppliers, we have offices going up and down and there are just logistical issues as everyone is familiar with,” Kalafut said.

In addition to a growing customer base in Moncton, Hive’s reach is growing.

Kalafut said she plans to hire another staff member, adding to Hive’s current list of six employees, to work at Hive’s future Halifax branch, which is slated to open in December.

Boat lights, fishing transactions, etc.

Led by Kalafut, a Designated Professional Engineer who holds a Master of Science degree and Moncton Advisor to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick, Hive carries out a wide variety of civil, environmental and geotechnical engineering projects in the provinces of Atlantic.

Locally, the company has worked with real estate companies such as Ashford Group and its extensive work in downtown Moncton and Thrive Properties, currently building an apartment complex on Coverdale Road in Riverview.

Hive carried out work throughout the province, including boat fires along the Shediac coast; large fishing transactions in the province; and emergency response to a small aircraft crash in northern New Brunswick.

“Basically what we do is provide a guarantee on the environmental condition of a property for the purpose of construction, mortgage refinancing or purchasing a property,” Kalafut explained.

Much of Hive’s work involves refinancing properties.

Demand for refinancing is common due to low interest rates leading people to refinance their properties, Kalafut noted.

Kalafut explained that environmental engineering is necessary when a person wants to buy and refinance an existing property to get a mortgage because the bank is unwilling to accept environmental responsibilities.

“So the bank takes us over there to tell them, ‘This is potentially contaminated because there were old oil tanks on the property,’ or maybe there is asbestos in the building. building – and things like that. “

Sam Macdonald is a Huddle reporter in Moncton. Send him your comments and article ideas: [email protected]


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