NIPIGON, ONT. — A $37 million contract has been awarded by the Government of Canada to construct the administration and visitor centre at Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.
The project is Parks Canada’s first Passive House Plus, net-zero carbon build. The Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area is in Nipigon, Ont.
The construction contract has been awarded to Finn Way General Contractor Inc., based in Thunder Bay, Ont. The contract includes initiatives that will promote employment opportunities and use of suppliers and contractors within local Indigenous communities.
The centre is anticipated to open to the public in 2026.
The net-zero carbon project supports commitments in the Greening Government Strategy to net-zero emissions by 2050.
The building has been designed, and will be constructed, using sustainable practices such as superior thermal storage due to its super-insulated envelope, optimized site orientation, sustainable material selection, and onsite energy generation, the release states.
Part of the federal funding received for the project will come from the $557 million announced by the Government of Canada in late 2022 earmarked for Parks Canada priority projects to focus on climate resiliency, public safety, built heritage and improved visitor experiences.
The project will serve as Parks Canada’s primary operations base to ensure the ecologically sustainable use and cultural heritage of this national marine conservation, indicates a release.