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Sean Farnum, chief operating officer with RPC Turnkey Solutions, at the site of a downtown renovation

Sean Farnum, chief operating officer with RPC Turnkey Solutions, at the site of a downtown renovation. Wil Andruschak © 2018 Postmedia Network Inc.

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Concrete may be a cornerstone of the construction  industry, but, all too often, the business can seem like it’s stuck in wet cement —  especially when it comes to innovation.

One Calgary company aims to change that, bringing the industry into the  21st century.

“Construction is construction — you’re building based on some pretty fundamental principles,” says Sean  Farnum, chief operating officer with RPC Turnkey Solutions.

“We’re not reinventing the wheel here, but what we are trying to do at RPC is incorporate the best and most innovative new technologies.”

At the heart of the Calgary contracting and project management firm is its  emphasis on transparency and communication. 

Whether it’s using  mobile applications and cloud-based software or advanced 3D rendering and blueprints, RPC uses the most advanced information technologies available.

That way, everyone  involved has clarity of purpose and, more importantly, design.

“We’re really helping to conceptualize a project prior to coming on site to ensure accuracy of execution while promoting efficiencies at  every level,” Farnum says.

Founded in 2008, the firm of 15 employees uses technology to do more with less. And that makes RPC able to adapt rapidly to an ever-changing landscape where some competitors cling to doing things the old way.

“Technology has  advanced greatly in the last decade, but it seems construction is still using antiquated systems.”

Farnum adds this is often because large firms take longer to change.

“They’re like large ships trying to go in a different  direction.”

By contrast, RPC’s lean corporate structure allows it to scale up to meet the needs of a client whether a project is $1 million or $50 million.

RPC is also a leader when it comes to the use of  advanced construction  materials.

“We strive to use  pre-manufactured, pre- engineered products and systems to avoid inefficiencies and mistakes on site,” Farnum says.

“We want to help conceptualize a project as much as possible to increase accuracy of execution while eliminating waste.”

Working with some of the largest corporate players in Canada, RPC has quickly earned a reputation for walking the talk.

Farnum says this success is a factor of its corporate DNA — its built-in desire to improve, adapt and innovate continuously.

“Since our inception, we have never accepted the status quo,” Farnum says. “We strive to be better.”


This feature was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of Calgary Economic Development.

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