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TCA Sustaining Member Spotlight – B.D. Stevens Limited

B.D. Stevens Limited is the original founding company of what has grown to become the Stevens Group of Companies. The Stevens Group of Companies is a privately held third generation family business with its head office located in the Burnside Industrial Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. It currently operates interests in the aggregate, ready-mix, commercial door and frame, commercial real estate and long-term care industries.

The founder and namesake of the company, Burnett David Stevens, made his start in the construction business in the 1930’s with the construction of residential units in Halifax. Today, the namesake company, B.D. Stevens Limited, incorporated as a limited company in 1953, continues the tradition of excellence and is an industry leader in general contracting, project management and design-build services for the commercial, industrial, retail, institutional and office sectors.

B.D. Stevens Limited has specialized in the design-build project delivery method for over 25 years, having built over 300 design-build projects during this time frame.

Currently B.D. Stevens Limited operates with a field staff of approximately 50 and an office staff of 25.


sgoffice 001 B.D. Stevens Limited pioneered the introduction of tilt-up buildings to its region and continues to develop methodologies to improve the quality, aesthetics and energy efficiencies of these very durable and economical buildings. Their first tilt-up project completed was the current head office of the Stevens Group of Companies in 1980.

One of the driving forces behind using tilt-up construction for B.D. Stevens was the late Murray Parker, who saw the benefits of tilt-up construction and worked doggedly on selling the process to clients and overcoming obstacles the region presented. In honor of his contributions to the industry, the TCA created the Murray Parker Memorial Award in 2004. This award recognizes a contractor who has significantly contributed to the tilt-up industry. Parker was regarded for his development and promotion of tilt-up throughout the industry, especially in the Atlantic Provinces region of Canada. As General Manager/Vice President of B.D. Stevens Limited, Parker is credited with introducing tilt-up to an area of the world where many thought it was impossible to use the medium. His contributions and commitment to excellence helped the method gain credibility in the area and paved the way for future tilt-up projects.

B.D. Stevens Limited has garnered several awards from TCA in recognition of its dedication and excellence in projects utilizing tilt-up construction. Most recently they received a Tilt-Up Achievement Award for their ISL Web Marketing Headquarters in Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada.


B.D. Stevens Limited is a founding member of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA). 27 years ago the association consisted of a group meeting to explore and grow the tilt-up industry, to give it validity and credibility. It was also important for the original board to provide one another with support and confidence to take back to their respective markets. There was a sense of survival for the association back then as companies often had to chip in to keep things running through those first few years of growth.

According to Luke Elliot, General Manager for B.D. Stevens Limited, “The TCA is an organization that kept us going and encouraged us during the early years when we had to sell the benefits of tilt-up for each and every project. Now the TCA keeps us engaged and energized by sharing with fellow members about innovations in tilt-up and new products and developments within the industry. The connections made within the TCA allow us to source ideas for projects and innovations and challenges come from tapping into ideas from other members. Learning of best practices throughout the world helps us to serve our market and take a role of leadership in the industry.”

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