Projects, initiatives and recognitions


Bird Construction awarded $400 in new contracts

Canadian Design and Construction Report staff writer

Bird Construction Inc. has announced that it has recently been awarded new contracts totalling approximately $400 million for civil and building works, including a large project to design and construct numerous non-process buildings at the Fort Hills oil sands project located north of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Construction has started, with expected completion dates extending into the spring of 2016. The contracts will be added to the company’s backlog in the fourth quarter of 2013.

“These new awards add to Bird’s growing work program and will further reflect a sector mix trend towards the industrial market as previously indicated,” said Tim Talbott, Bird’s president and CEO. “The significant project awards in northern Alberta, coupled with previously secured work in this area, are indicative of increased activity which Bird is well-positioned to participate in going forward.  We are appreciative of the confidence our repeat clients continue to put in Bird’s ability to successfully execute these challenging projects to meet their objectives.”

Lafarge introduces

Lafarge Canada Inc. has launched a new, fully bilingual website,, with extensive information to help customers and stakeholders understand the company’s complete range of building solutions.

The company says the new portal provides customers and stakeholders such as architects and engineers with richer content that is easier to navigate and apply in the specification and design process.

“Our marketing team is very excited with the rollout of this website,” said Abbas Khan, Lafarge Canada’s marketing vice-president. “We are confident that this tool will enhance our customers’ experience with Lafarge and demonstrate our value-add as a construction solutions partner.”

Vancouver achieves World Green Building Council recognition

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has announced that the City of Vancouver has won a World Green Building Council (WGBC) Government Leadership Award for Best Green Building Policy. The Best Green Building Policy award recognizes international best practice in city-level government policy for green building initiatives.

Vancouver was recognized for its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, an example of excellence in sustainable city policies, a CaGBC news release says. The award recognizes the city’s leadership on green buildings, specifically on its two ambitious targets and related strategies. The first target requires all new buildings constructed from 2020 onward to be carbon neutral. The second target is to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in existing buildings by 20 per cent over 2007 levels by 2020. Vancouver’s building bylaw and energy efficiency retrofit requirements are two key tools to achieving those targets.

“The World Green Building Council’s award for Best Overall Policy in Government Leadership is an important honour for our city and exciting validation of Vancouver’s work to become the greenest city in the world by 2020,” said mayor Gregor Robertson. “Cities are increasingly leading the way with bold solutions to confront the urgent challenge of climate change, and Vancouver is fast emerging as a global hub for innovation in green design.”

“I’m delighted to congratulate Mayor Robertson and the City of Vancouver for winning the Best Green Building Policy WGBC Government Leadership Award,” said Thomas Mueller, the CaGBC’s president and CEO. “Vancouver’s 2020 Action Plan is globally recognized as an example of leadership in creating a sustainable city. More than 60 per cent of carbon emissions in Vancouver are associated with buildings and homes. The plan takes bold steps towards reducing energy use in buildings along with water use, and increased recycling targets. The city’s LEED Gold policy for large new developments delivers results in many areas of the action plan when buildings are constructed. The CaGBC commends the City of Vancouver for seizing the opportunity to play a critical role in reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.”

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