$470 million contract awarded for 1,100-MW Site C hydro project workforce housing

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BC Hydro has awarded an eight-year, $470 million contract to ATCO Two Rivers Lodging Group to design, manufacture, install and operate a workforce housing facility for the 1,100-MW Site C hydro project (Site C Clean Energy Project).

This project, on the Peace River in northeast British Columbia, is expected to cost $8.8 billion to develop and is part of the province’s plan to meet what it anticipates will be a 40% increase in the province’s demand for power over the coming two decades.

ATCO commenced preliminary work under a limited notice to proceed in June 2015, with construction projected to be complete in mid-2016. The 630,000-square-foot lodge will provide accommodation for more than 1,600 construction workers. It will feature an open-concept central lobby, a multi-faith center, a 100-person movie theater, a licensed lounge and a gymnasium with a running track and weight training area. Services such as physiotherapy, massage and hairdressing also will be provided.

ATCO expects to create about 360 new jobs on-site near Fort St. John, according to a press release. Additional roles in guest services and facility operations maintenance will also be created once the lodge is complete.

A contract was awarded for site preparation in August 2015.

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