ATCO, First Nations, and BHP 2,586-person potash camp
ATCO Structures & Logistics awarded largest Canadian contract in company’s history
PIPELINE NEWS April 2012 A35
Calgary, Gordon First Nation – ATCO Structures & Logistics has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to design, build and operate a 2,586-person turnkey workforce housing lodge for BHP Billiton’s Jansen Potash Project, 100 km north of Regina. The accommodation facility is the largest Canadian contract in ATCO Structures & Logistics’ history, and will be located east of Raymore.
“Our reputation for designing, building, and operating large mining accommodations throughout the world, in addition to our ability to execute at a very high level, set the stage for this project,” said Harry Wilmot, president and chief operating officer of ATCO Structures & Logistics. “A contract to build a mining accommodation of this scope and scale reinforces our long-standing reputation for having the capacity to deliver a large and comfortable workforce housing lodge.”
The accommodation facility features diverse, high-end amenities including two preengineered buildings, a 20,000 sq.-ft. sports complex with gymnasium, squash courts, weight room, and a raised running track that overlooks the gym.
A recreational director will organize fitness programs. A separate pre-engineered building will house a 200-seat movie theatre.
The core building includes a 1,200-person dining room, a separate private dining area, lounge, library, convenience store, medical centre, and full laundry service. Fireplaces located throughout the facility will provide a warm, comfortable setting. The two-storey accommodation wings are connected by arctic corridors and feature 160 sq.-ft. bedrooms with private washrooms.
Each room will include a flat screen TV, phone and wireless Internet capabilities. The first phase, comprising 500 rooms, will be operational in October 2012 with completion of the full 2,586-room camp and facilities scheduled for mid-2013.
To help deliver components of this agreement, ATCO has partnered with Aboriginal groups in the Touchwood Hills area of Saskatchewan, including the George Gordon First Nation, Day Star First Nation, and Kawacatoose First Nation. An employment and training centre will be established on George Gordon First Nation traditional territory.
ATCO Structures& Logistics is working with several Treaty 4 First Nations in the Touchwood area of eastcentral Saskatchewan to provide workforce housing lodges, camp catering, and services.
The business relationship will be executed in conjunction with an entity comprised of George Gordon First Nation, Day Star First Nation and Kawacatoose First Nation, and will operate in their traditional territories.
“ATCO is excited to be working with the Touchwood Area First Nations in this resource-rich area of Saskatchewan,” saidWilmot. “We have a long-standing tradition of working with Aboriginal communities and businesses and anticipate a productive relationship with these three First Nations.
Our goal is to create a mutually beneficial venture that creates employment and training in this community.”
Since 1981, ATCO has been collaborating with Aboriginal communities throughout Canada and Alaska. These relationships are based on a foundation of trust, respect, and equality.
“This partnership with ATCO will improve the skills and training of our people and increase our capacity to gain meaningful employment,” said Chief Glen Pratt of George Gordon First Nation. “ATCO’s strategy supports our transition from a welfare economy to a treatybased economy. We are encouraged by the opportunities that our people will benefi t from as resources are developed in our traditional territories.”
ATCO Structures & Logistics offers modular buildings, site services, and industrial noise control worldwide. The company noted that with manufacturing facilities in North America, South America and Australia, and operations on five continents, ATCO has the expertise to deliver a rapid, turnkey solution anywhere it is needed.