About VanMar

Since 1972, VanMar has built strong values which we live by every day.

VanMar’s philosophy is to build lasting relationships by conducting business with the utmost integrity, trust, and commitment. By doing so and by consistently providing outstanding design and construction expertise, we have cultivated long-term repeat business from our client group. The loyalty of our clients and our loyalty to them has been one of the principal reasons for our success.

We extend the same emphasis on long-term relationships and loyalty to owners, consultants, and subtrades, with whom we have developed a collaborative team approach that ensures a productive, effective, safe construction process and consistent, successfully delivered projects.

Our ability to deliver projects on time, on budget, and to the complete satisfaction of our clients has made us a trusted, reputable builder with a long track record of high-quality projects throughout British Columbia and Ontario.

Over 45 Years of Experience.


In 1973, the Van Maren brothers launched their construction firm, ‘Van Maren Construction’. From modest beginnings in framing and concrete construction, they quickly built a reputation for delivering high quality, on time and on budget – which helped develop loyal, repeat clients.


In 2002, two of the brothers decided to concentrate on their financing and development businesses. Art Van Maren continued to pursue his passion for construction and re-launched the company as VanMar Constructors Inc.


In 2004, Jeff Marin, Vice President, became a partner. Mike Van Hemert, Development and Pre-Construction Manager, also became a partner in the firm in 2011. VanMar has continued to operate like a family business with clear social values and strong ties to the communities we do business in.


In 2008, we opened our branch office in Cambridge, Ontario. Since 2002, VanMar has completed more than 60 projects and over 6,000 units in B.C. and Ontario. This includes nearly 2000 healthcare beds and extensive experience in social housing and seniors residences projects.

What Our Clients Say About Us:

As the point person for the Society of Hope, I worked very closely with the VanMar team. Each member of the team has been enjoyable to work with. They are conscientious in their workmanship and have always gone the extra mile to see that the job was well done. I can truly say that it has been a pleasure to work with this company. I offer this reference without hesitation.

Luke Stack
Executive Director, The Society of HOPE

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What truly separates VanMar from others is your commitment to service. This was a complicated multi-use building and your team handled it so well and demonstrated incredible customer service throughout. We would highly recommend VanMar Constructors to anyone looking to build a new hub project if they were looking to work with true professionals with a commitment to service.

Michael Braithwaite
Executive Director, 360° Kids

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Coast Mental Health is very pleased to write this letter of reference in support of Van Mar Constructors and the full scope of work the provided to help us get the 96 unit supported apartment building at 337 West Pender opened on May 2nd, one time, under budget, and with exceptional workmanship.

Darrell J. Burnham
Executive Director, Coast Mental Health

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It is with great pleasure that I recommend Vanmar Constructors as a professional construction management firm. Vanmar was instrumental in ensuring project goals, objectives and budgets were successfully achieved.

Stu Lyon
Principal, gBL Architects Inc.

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By providing numerous design options and budget prices, the original estimated cost was cut in half to meet the client’s construction budget while maintaining the design look and intent of the building to the end satisfaction of all parties.

David English
Development Manager, UBC Properties Trust

Art Van Maren aggressively led a well organized intense design process and ensured that the Owner’s best interests were at the forefront and the focus of the design team. Art continued these efforts to lead and manage the design-build team aiming to achieve success at the highest regard.

Andrew Mills
Project Manager, Asset Management Services

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The completed project is impressive and we are extremely satisfied with the results. VanMar worked with our Project Consultants on recommendations that created the most value within our budget while providing durability and longevity of our facility.

Debra Hauptman

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VanMar has played an active role in the design development process of these projects, by chairing design coordination meetings, providing design and specifications reviews on a continual basis and ensuring the final design was functional, cost effective and constructible.

Matthew Carter
Vice President

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Over the last six years or so our firm has worked with Art van Maren and VanMar Constructors on several projects in British Columbia. During these projects, VanMar fairly and consistently addressed the issues that arise during the development of projects.

Larry Adams

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VanMar consistently conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism. We look forward to VanMar’s continued involvement in the delivery of non market housing in BC.

Craig Crawford
Vice President of Development Services

The professionalism of the company’s personnel demonstrated Art Van Maren’s integrity and leadership which met both the GVRD and Wastech’s expectations raised through his reputation in the industry.

Russ Black
General Manager

Please accept my congratulations on the recently completed housing project in Prince George. VanMar Constructors did a good job, both on the building itself and with the community at large.

Louise Elmes
Senior Project Officer

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It has been with pleasure to work with such a professional well organized contractor that has the expertise in constructing care facilities and with this has saved money, time and with their anticipation of not only potential problems but looking at the future maintenance issue that result in higher operating costs.

V. A. Yates
Partner of Baltic Properties Group

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Throughout this entire project, we found VanMar Constructors Inc. to be extremely professional in all aspects, accommodating to our requests and needs, as well as responsive to our vision for the lodge.

Nicole Lindstrom
Friendship Lodge Development Coordinator

It has been a pleasure working with Art and his team at VanMar Constructors and without hesitation I would recommend them to any owner or developer looking for a high quality builder.

Alice Arsenault CCCA
Project Manager

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Jones Development Corporation looks forward to continuing the relationship with VanMar Constructors and would not hesitate to recommend them for other projects of a similar nature.

Norman S. Jones

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The work has been of good quality and the completed projects were delivered to the satisfaction of the Baptist Housing Ministries and the building occupants.

Dayle Krahn
Chief Property and Development Officer

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The Sorella Housing for Women building was recently completed well ahead of schedule. I am grateful for the hard work, flexibility and direction that VanMar has taken, for Art Van Maren’s availability in particular and his willingness and quick response to any and all of our concerns, valid or not.

Janice Abbott

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