Site C worker accommodation contract awarded

By on October 7, 2015
BC Hydro's proposed Site C hydroelectric dam.

BC Hydro’s proposed Site C hydroelectric dam.

FORT ST. JOHN – BC Hydro has signed a contract with ATCO Two Rivers Lodging Group (ATCO) for the construction and design of worker accommodations at the Site C dam site.

The contract also stipulates that ATCO will partially finance and maintain the operations of the accommodations.

The contract, which has a value of approximately $470-million, spans eight years, was created after a “rigorous evaluation process concluded that ATCO Two Rivers Lodging Group met BC Hydro’s requirements for Site C worker accommodation within the budget established for the contract,” the release states.

The construction and maintenance of the camp will employ approximately 360 people.

ATCO will be recruiting for these positions at Site C job fairs and networking sessions this week. For more information about these events see

The Site C camp will be built to accommodate up to 1,600 workers, however services and utilities will be designed to accommodate a total capacity of 2,200.

The press release states that in order to minimize impact on local communities, the camp will be self-sufficient.

A July 29 BC Hydro “Worker Accommodation Procurement” document details the self-sufficiency of the accommodation as including its own water supply, sewage treatment and waste disposal.

Facilities at the accommodation will also include a gymnasium, programmed indoor and outdoor activities, indoor running track, multi-use playing field, paved court, socializing spaces, tiered theatre, and a limited licensed lounge.

ATCO constructed the 1,700-person “accommodation village” at the Rio Tinto Alcan Smelter Modernization Project, as well as the 600-person lodge for the LNG project in Kitimat.

“We are pleased to work with BC Hydro to provide their workforce with a high-quality facility that brings the comforts of home one step closer. ATCO’s proven expertise to build and operate a project of this magnitude will create real efficiencies and cost savings for BC Hydro, as well as jobs and opportunities for the Peace River region,” said Steve Lockwood, President and Chief Operating Officer of ATCO.

“The worker accommodation camp is one of the most important early construction activities on Site C and I’m pleased to see the contract awarded. I’m looking forward to seeing local workers and businesses benefit from the construction and operation of this facility,” said Pat Pimm, MLA for Peace River North.

Judicial reviews of the Site C provincial construction permits are scheduled for November, and this month the Union of B.C. Municipalities passed a number of resolutions at its convention, calling for Site C construction to be halted until further reviews of the project are conducted.

Stacy Thomas

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