Our Origin Story
For two decades the team behind Versatile Concrete has been realizing visions in custom concrete — and it all started with a skatepark. In 2001, Richard Dueck, owner and operator of our artisan concrete shop was part of a group of skateboarders in Kelowna that were unsatisfied with how their local skatepark was being built. He knew that his team had what it took to do the job, and the City of Kelowna agreed to take a chance on them. The Ben Lee Skatepark was born, and the rest is 20 years of artisan concrete history.
Our proven mastery of our trade has made us the world’s premier skatepark developer, but in two decades we’ve become experts in so much more. Our shop has grown to include an on-site design team, draftspeople, and skilled craftspeople to realize your ideas in custom concrete.
Working with hundreds of municipalities, we’ve honed our ability to manage large projects over multi-year planning cycles. Specializing in custom precast concrete for indoor and outdoor residential or commercial buildings and municipal spaces has earned us the trust of landscape designers, municipal city planners and property developers to realize their visions in precast concrete products.
Using our own proprietary concrete mix for high strength and durability, our pieces are built to last. That longevity combined with the ability to respond to the complex needs of masons makes our concrete masonry a favourite for a variety of building applications. Some more projects we currently actualize range from countertops, fireplace surrounds, and unique art installations to outdoor seating solutions, planters and water features.
We understand that our clients want to see their vision brought to life. By listening to your needs and using our extensive knowledge of our craft, we’re able to define the parameters of your design to take it from imagination to reality. Complex projects aren’t something we shy away from — they’re exciting new challenges for us to rise to.
20 Years of Craftsmanship
A momentous decision! In departing from a standard construction career, Richard begins work in the construction and development of skateparks; a collaboration that would grow and evolve to help impact the entire skatepark industry over the next 10 years.
Richard begins work alongside Drake to build Versatile Concrete Décor from its humble garage space. Early work includes the design and implementation of unique doorway arches and other custom applications.
A Thriving Business
Business grows rapidly as our clientele start relying on Versatile Concrete to create their unique visions. The business moves to a new and much larger location to accommodate.
Projects become more complicated, and our vision to serve as a premium supplier of custom products becomes more focused. In 2017, we produce our largest and most technical mould yet; a seating stone mould that would make its way to some exciting locations!
Our Artisan Team
Kevin SwordyContract Inside Sales
What our Customers Say
The best part for me working with Richard and his team is they're all designers as well. So from our point of view, I can come up with something creative, I can run that by Richard and he can look at that with his team. They can work on how this is going to work functionally, how we can make it work from a construction point of view. And then we go backwards and forwards on design ideas and then we come up with the best solution for a project.
Byron Douglas, ECORA Studio
We ultimately chose to work with them because they were the best in the interior. Richard's always gone out of his way. If there were problems, he would rectify them in a hurry and it's always been a pleasure working with them.
Jurgen Jakubowski (“JJ”), Mission XL Masonry
I'd highly recommend Versatile Concrete. Richard puts out an amazing product — he does some amazing stuff and comes up with the greatest ideas. I've been in his shop numerous times and I'm just blown away at the things they build there. It's truly amazing.
Jurgen Jakubowski (“JJ”), Mission XL Masonry
Ultimately the choice to work with Versatile was consistency and creativity. Really both are the same reasons we stick with them. They don't limit our creativity. They allow us to throw ideas out there and they do their best to make them work.
Shane Worman, Worman Commercial
Versatile Concrete always comes up with creative solutions and they always call us right away and let us know of an alternative to make our project better. They keep surprising us with creative thinking, ideas and thinking outside the box. Whenever we know a client or a contractor that we are working with requires that type of service then we always go to, or let them know about, Versatile Concrete.
Keith Neihof, Bench Site Design
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