Project First Restorations specializes in full scope building envelope restorations.  Our focus is on multi-family Strata buildings and Co-ops, and other commercial and residential structures.

Founded in 2007 by Richard Watt, our President, we pride ourselves on delivering high quality results within a friendly collaborative environment.

PFR has a strong reputation as a leading provider of choice for strata councils, building managers, and engineering firms throughout Greater Vancouver.

Company Mission, Philosophy and Promise

Our Company Mission: Our mission is to build a tradition of trust through dedication, collaboration, and excellent service. With our entire team dedicated to unbeatable customer satisfaction, we will work with you, both now and in the future, to ensure your home is restored without any long-term worry.

Our Philosophy: Safety, teamwork, integrity, professionalism, and communication are our core principles. We strive to honour and respect our employees, our clients, and our relationships with other key stakeholders to provide the best outcome for all.

Our Promise: We promise to work with you to create a collaborative and transparent working environment so that your project, from beginning to end, and in the future, will be successful.

Honesty, Commitment, Quality – each of these core values has been a fundamental part of PFR since its early days and continue to drive the philosophy of communication, service and satisfaction that PFR strives for each client, large and small.

OUR TEAM MEMBERS

Richard Watt

Richard Watt

Founder & CEO

After working for many years as a tradesman and foreman in the exterior restoration industry Richard opened his own business in 2007. Client referrals are one of the best indicators of quality of work and client satisfaction, and it was referrals that allowed the business to grow substantially. The success of Project First Restorations Ltd is largely due to the relationships that have been built over the years with homeowners, business owners, strata managers, engineering firms, and the great team of employees, many of whom have been with Richard since day 1. Honest, Commitment, Quality: each of these core values is a fundamental part of Richards philosophy for his business.

Christina Cepeliauskas, CPA, CGA

Christina Cepeliauskas, CPA, CGA

CFO

Christina has been involved with Project First since the beginning. Christina has had her professional accounting designation for over 25 years and worked for 20 years in the mining industry. She oversees all aspects of the finance, accounting and administrative areas of the business and is committed to making sure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes. Don’t hesitate to contact her with any issues or questions. Christina loves to spend time in her garden, growing dahlias and sweet peas, among many other flowers. She is very proud of her two children; Jenna, recently graduated from SFU, and Jake, an SFU student.

Christina Cepeliauskas, CPA, CGA

Claude Bussiere

Senior Project Manager

As Senior Project Manager, Claude oversees all major projects and the other Project Managers. His exceptional trades skills and organizational abilities, combined with his great personality, make Claude a favourite of staff and clients alike. Claude is a proud French Canadian, from Quebec city, who has made British Columbia his home since 2008, along with his lovely wife Manon, and their grown children, Alex and Gaby.  Claude is always looking for ways to streamline operations in cost efficient ways and quality of work is a top priority for Claude on every job, large or small. When Claude is not working, you can find him enjoying downtime with his family and friends.

Christina Cepeliauskas, CPA, CGA

Jon Strickland

Project Manager

Jon is one of PFR’s original employees and has worked his way up to Project Manager with his loyalty, commitment and high skill set. Jon is originally from Newfoundland and settled in Vancouver in 2010. Jon married the lovely Samantha in October 2016 and many of the PFR team were there to celebrate with them on their special day. Jon is a big sports fan and loves to golf. He is also a HUGE BC Lions Football Club fan and can be seen wearing orange and black on game days!

Christina Cepeliauskas, CPA, CGA

Kuen Tong

Logistics Manager

Kuen has been with Project First since 2015 and has developed an excellent reputation for his loyalty and commitment. Kuen is highly skilled with several trades skills and is exceptional when working with home owners. Off the jobsite, Kuen has a passion for fishing, mountain biking, and can speak Cantonese fluently.

Christina Cepeliauskas, CPA, CGA

Tony Lam

Project Manager

Tony brings over 20 years of construction experience to Project First. A family man, Tony works alongside his family while on the project site, and has put his 3 sons through university. Always hard at work, Tony spends his off time completing DIY projects around the house.

Donald Sohm Operations Manager / Estimator

Donald Sohm

Operations Manager / Estimator

Joining the team in 2017, Donald has enjoyed a long and successful career as an estimator within the industry and specializes all parts associated with the building envelope. With an eye to pre-project planning and execution, Donald strives to solve problems effectively and on budget. Outside of the office, Donald is an avid outdoorsman and competitive marksman, which he enjoys alongside his loving wife Renata.

Christina Cepeliauskas, CPA, CGA

Hon T

Tradesman

Hon has been with PFR since 2015. He has technical knowledge that he learned from British Columbia Institute of Technology and has more than 7000+ hours of hands on experience through the years on site at various types of jobs. He is about to obtain his Red Seal trades certification. With that, he plans to become a better mentor for his team members by teaching them detailed techniques to help them succeed in producing the safest and best work possible. On his time off work, he enjoys mountain biking, spending time with his fiancée, friends and family, and playing hockey.

Christina Cepeliauskas, CPA, CGA

Bobby Lam

Forman

Bobby has over twenty years in the construction industry and is a highly skilled metal worker. Outside of work, Bobby spends times listening to music and working on his cars.

Christina Cepeliauskas, CPA, CGA

Korey Dale

Korey has been with PFR for 6 years. He has a varied skill set from many years of learning all aspects of the jobs he has worked on. Korey collects all types of memorabilia in his free time, such as Marvel and Star Wars. Korey and his fiancé Suyeong enjoy travels to South Korea.

Christina Cepeliauskas, CPA, CGA

Danny Lam

Foreman

Danny is a highly skilled interior finisher, with nearly 20 years of experience in the industry. A foodie, Danny enjoys traveling along side his wife, and eating foods from around the world.

Christina Cepeliauskas, CPA, CGA

Nick Middleditch

Apprentice Tradesman

Christina Cepeliauskas, CPA, CGA

Harry Pekhonen

Harry comes to Project First after a previous career within the tech industry and has fallen in love with the challenges of the construction industry. With a keen eye to detail, and a passion for learning, Harry has taken on every new challenge before him with unbridled enthusiasm. When not hard at work, Harry enjoys time out with his family, and working with his hands around the home.

Christina Cepeliauskas, CPA, CGA

Kyle Starinieri

Apprentice Tradesman

Christina Cepeliauskas, CPA, CGA

Gaby Bussiere

Apprentice Tradesman

Christina Cepeliauskas, CPA, CGA

Justin Weiss

Apprentice Tradesman

Justin is a skilled hands-on team member. He enjoys working and learning more every day. In his free time Justin enjoys the outdoors and all variety of cars, and he is also a fan of basketball.

OUR PARTNERS

Vancouver Regional Construction Association
Vancouver Regional Construction Association
Vancouver Regional Construction Association