PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Two contracts totalling $135 million have been awarded to Bird Construction Inc.
The contracts are for civil works on two separate sites: an existing project site in northwestern British Columbia, and a site in northern Alberta.
At the existing project site in northwestern B.C., Bird has been tasked with building two storm and effluent ponds. The complex works will be executed over an 18-month period and will be supported through Bird’s self-perform capabilities and previous experience with the site.
Bird officials noted its long-term presence in this region has helped it forge strong relationships with local Indigenous communities to conduct training, procurement and employment.
“This project award reflects our extensive industrial experience and the demonstrated operational excellence throughout the years working on this site. I am pleased to see this translate to an increase to Bird’s work programs and to a sizeable contribution to our robust backlog,” said Teri McKibbon, president and CEO of Bird, in a statement.
In northern Alberta, the lump-sum contract includes construction of an overpass that will facilitate access to an ore preparation plant from a mine. Installation of the cast-in-place concrete structure will be supported by substantial earthworks and a high voltage electrical relocation.
Bird has been collaborating with the project client during the early planning stages, providing constructability analysis.
“With the current strength and confidence in resource prices coupled with our reputation for unparalleled client services and strong execution, we are seeing an increase in opportunities come available in Western Canada. The announcement today illuminates the value of our Stuart Olson acquisition and demonstrates the benefits from cross-selling the combined capabilities of Stuart Olson and Bird to deliver a higher value proposition to our longstanding clients,” added McKibbon. “The company is well positioned to benefit from stronger resource prices in Western Canada and we remain focused on our commitment to deliver sustainable, profitable growth, and build long-term shareholder value.”