VICTORIA — Bird Construction Inc. has been awarded two contracts: construction manager for the Vancouver Community College (VCC) Centre for Clean Energy and Automotive Innovation and the University of Victoria Engineering Expansion Project, for a combined value of about $280 million.
The VCC Centre is an eight-storey, 343,832-square-foot, LEED Gold and energy-efficient facility with elements of exposed mass timber. It will provide education and skills training for people in British Columbia and Red-Seal-certified apprentices of automotive trades, including electric, hydrogen fuel cell, plug-in and autonomous vehicles. The facility will include new civic amenities, academic and collaborative design spaces and purpose-built Indigenous gathering spaces.
The engineering expansion project at the University of Victoria consists of two new state-of-the-art academic buildings: the Engineering Computer Science Building Expansion, a six-storey, 68,180-square-foot building, and the High Bay Research and Structures Laboratory Building, a two-storey, 20,900- square-foot building. The complete UVIC Engineering Expansion project will have a net-zero carbon ready design and will target LEED Gold.
To support reduced greenhouse gas emissions and a smaller carbon footprint, both facilities will extensively leverage mass timber structural elements, including columns, beams and lateral bracing, and the interior spaces will be designed with the intentional selection of low-emitting materials and recycled contents, indicates a release.
“We are excited to be part of these transformative projects that align well with Bird’s purpose of bringing life to vision and creating greatness together. With a focus on LEED Gold and net-zero carbon ready designs, these projects exemplify our innovative solutions that drive a lower carbon future,” said Teri McKibbon, president and CEO of Bird, in a press release. “We are proud to be a part of shaping the future of education and research in British Columbia and beyond.”