The story of Murrin Construction begins in 1978 when our family-owned business was founded. Since then, we have supplied millions of tons of rock to our customers and have been involved with many of Vancouver's most significant infrastructure projects.
In 1978, Mal & Grant launched Graehold Construction with one Cat D9 bulldozer and a track drill. Their first contract was to realign the famous “toilet bowl” portion of the men’s downhill ski-run on Whistler mountain. A number of projects on Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains and Whistler Township followed.
After several years helping to build Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, Graehold was awarded the site preparation contract for the Black Tusk subdivision. Then followed a number of other subdivision projects in the Sea-to-Sky corridor.
WATTS POINT & THE EARLY DAYS
In 1981, Graehold secured the rights to a small quarry at Watts Point just south of Squamish. The quarry was initially used to supply Graehold’s internal aggregate needs.
Graehold’s first highway construction project came in 1983 when they were low bid on the Charles Creek debris torrent facility south of Lions Bay. After Charles Creek, Graehold won a succession of highway contracts in the sea-to-sky corridor including Newman Creek, Lone Tree Creek, Loggers Creek and Magnesia Creek bridge replacements and highway widening. Graehold’s Sea-to-Sky work culminated with a 10KM expansion and realignment at Brohm Ridge, just north of Squamish.
Throughout this time, they remained active in ski-hill development and continued to work with Whistler and Blackcomb.
In 1994, Graehold’s focus shifted to Vancouver Island and the construction of the Inland-Island Highway. Their first project there was just north of the little Qualicum River. An 8KM stretch of pioneering highway. Following that, there was the Big Qualicum River project and the Miller to Oyster River section.
In 1995, Graehold formed a subsidiary to focus on railroad shoring and construction. Murrin Construction became one of the leaders in stabilizing railroads in the steep and dangerous Fraser Canyon.
In 2004, Graehold and Murrin were amalgamated and rebranded as Murrin Construction.
Murrin went on to complete more construction projects but in 2005, their focus shifted more towards their roots at Watts Point. Since 2009, the company has focused solely on the aggregates and dimension stone business at Watts Point.
We currently sell over 200,000 metric tonnes of aggregates and dimension stone each year. Our customers include some of the leading excavation and construction companies in Vancouver.