FORT ST. JOHN – BC Hydro and its contractor, ATCO Two Rivers Lodging Group, are celebrating the completion of the worker accommodation lodge, a significant project milestone for the Site C Clean Energy Project. The lodge — which includes 1,600 rooms and a wide variety of on-site amenities — has been completed on time and on budget.
Providing innovative, high-quality accommodation for workers is a key component of the project’s labour approach to attract and retain a skilled workforce. This approach provides workers from all over B.C. the opportunity to participate in building this legacy project while enjoying a comfortable lodge with amenities that promote health, wellness and social interaction.
Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines, said: “I’m pleased to see another piece of the Site C Clean Energy Project completed on schedule and within budget. The completion of this high-quality worker accommodation lodge demonstrates that BC Hydro is continuing to manage the project well and produce good results for British Columbians.”
The Site C lodge features single-occupancy bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, television and Wi-Fi services. Now that the lodge is complete, workers have access to a movie theatre, spiritual centre, hair salon, coffee shop, games room, convenience store, a full gym with fitness classes and personal training programs, a registered massage therapist and a managed lounge. In addition, the lodge has its own health clinic which provides Site C workers with access to primary and preventative health care, along with work-related injury evaluation and treatment.
Jessica McDonald, President and CEO, BC Hydro, added: “BC Hydro encouraged ATCO to take an innovative approach to the design and construction of the worker accommodation lodge, with a focus on worker health and wellness. Now, up to 1,600 workers can be housed at the lodge, allowing the Site C contractors to continue to ramp up their hiring.”
ATCO Two Rivers Lodging Group was awarded the eight-year $470-million contract to complete the design, construction, partial financing, operation and maintenance of the worker accommodation lodge in fall 2015. At the peak of lodge construction (June 2016), there were 117 carpenters, labourers and foremen on site, represented by the CMAW-BC union, and 143 camp services employees, represented by the Teamsters union. The camp has now entered the full operations phase and the majority of available jobs will be camp service positions. This includes front desk clerks, housekeeping, cooks, general kitchen help and dishwashers. ATCO Two Rivers Lodging has and will continue to recruit locally for these positions.
Hon. Mike Bernier, MLA, Peace River South, said: “I’m happy to see that ATCO Two Rivers is recruiting and hiring locally for the Site C worker accommodation lodge. Almost half of the workers currently on site are from the Peace River Regional District, and that’s great news for the region.”
The Site C Clean Energy Project is a hydroelectric dam and generating station under construction in northeast B.C. The project is being built to meet long-term electricity needs in B.C. – CINEWS/BC Hydro