In the summer of 2023, there was a seismic development in Bermuda’s construction industry. Two of its most prominent players, Greymane Contracting Limited and Kaissa Limited, joined forces under the new banner Forte Building Group.

Combining forces to share expertise, personnel and resources, Forte has presented industry partners and consumers with an enticing new option when it comes to choosing contractors for their building projects. Along with this strategic alliance came the launch of the new specialty construction supply store Builders Depot, open to commercial businesses and home DIYers alike.

Founded in 1996, general contracting company Greymane has built a reputation for itself as the local expert in commercial construction and interior fit outs. This is enhanced by partnership with global brands such as Armstrong Ceiling Solutions and ClarkDietrich Building Systems. Recent projects of note include the Hamilton Princess’s Intrepid restaurant and the Azura hotel and residences.

Meanwhile, Kaissa is nearing its fortieth year and has proven itself as one of Bermuda’s foremost building envelope specialists, providing roofing, wall cladding, exterior finish systems and waterproofing to countless Bermudian homes and businesses. “Our mission is delivering long-term protection for Bermudian property owners, and ensuring the peace of mind of our customers,” says Charles Dunstan. The company works with elite brands in its sector, including Sto Corp and its line of smart coatings which provide practical solutions to Bermuda’s humid and windy island conditions.

Each principal company had previously operated small builders’ supply divisions, offering contractors and consumers the chance to purchase partner brand equipment and materials as well as unused inventory from large-scale projects. Under the new Forte Building Group brand, this has been ramped up to form the Builders Depot. Located in Bakery Lane in Pembroke, the Builders Depot facility spans 10,000 square feet, offering a huge range of tools and materials not readily available in typical hardware stores on island. With the resources and connections of both Kaissa and Greymane shared, customers—whether they are construction professionals or weekend warriors—can now purchase premium brand products, such as FLEX power tools, as well as all the speciality building products that Greymane and Kaissa had been known to specialise in.

Beyond providing a new construction superstore, Forte’s Builders Depot is positioning itself as a font of knowledge for those interested in learning more about the industry, including new technologies, tips and tricks and product demonstrations. To this end, they brought in experts from their industry partners overseas to share their expertise in their various fields. The education sessions range from multi-day sessions with formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits for professionals to informal lunch-and-learns where attendees can find out more about materials, equipment and techniques. Sessions have been hosted by brands such as Armstrong Ceilings, Allegion hardware brands, Carlisle Syntec Systems, JLC Tech and Sto Corp to date with more events being planned for 2024. More information can be found on these events by following the brand’s social media channels (@buildersdepotbda).

Alex De Couto, co-owner and president of Forte Building Group, is excited for the future of the new company, with ambitious largescale projects on the horizon, such as Nautilus Residences—a new luxury oceanfront residence. “As we embark on this exciting journey with Forte Building Group, we look forward to reshaping Bermuda’s construction landscape by delivering excellence, innovation and unparalleled service. With our combined strength, expertise, and the exceptional offerings of Builders Depot, we’re poised to build not just structures but enduring relationships, making a lasting impact on the island’s built environment.”

Forte Building Group
Address: 12 Bakery Lane, Pembroke

Greymane
Tel: 296-8176 | Email: info@greymane.bm | Web: www.greymane.bm

Services: General contracting

Kaissa
TEL: 495-4242 | EMAIL: info@kaissa.bm | WEB: www.kaissa.bm

Services: Exterior coatings and waterproofing

Builders Depot
TEL: 542-8598 | EMAIL: info@buildersdepot.bm | WEB: www.buildersdepot.bm

Services: Builders supply