Site C Hits Construction Milestone
Fort St John, B.C. – Phase two of construction on the Site C worker lodge is now complete.
The work by BC Hydro contractor ATCO Two Rivers Lodging Group has added 900 rooms bringing the total number of rooms at the lodge in Fort St John to 1,200.
The single occupancy rooms include ensuite bathrooms, television, Wi-Fi services, access to a fitness facility, lounge and dining hall as well as health care services.
The final phase is now on track to be completed the end of August when all 1,600 rooms will be available for Site C construction workers (the lodge has been designed to accommodate a total of 2,200 workers if required).
ATCO was awarded the eight-year $470 million contract to build the facility which includes the creation of 360 jobs during construction and operation of the lodge.
The workforce includes positions such as maintenance technicians, carpenters, electricians, HVAC technicians, general labour, front desk clerks, cooks, and general kitchen help.
Currently there are now more than 1,547 workers on the Site C site, 1,223 (79%) from BC including 443 from the Peace River Regional District.
Dave Conway, BC Hydro’s community relations manager for the project, says the work camp is just one way of housing the work force.
“We understand that a percentage of the work force will come from the local regional area and a portion of them will live in the community and commute to the camp every day,” he says.
“Another portion of the work force we expect may choose to bring their RV units and park those and stay in long-term RV camp sites. We are also aware that some people will choose to purchase their own home or apartment in town or may choose to rent a townhouse.”
Conway says work on Site C has been underway for just about a year and expects the nine-year construction window to peak by years five or six.
The $8.3 billion hydroelectric dam is scheduled to be completed in 2024.