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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS

Jim Brennan is appointed to the position of president of Bird’s wholly owned subsidiary H.J. O’Connell, Limited, in addition to retaining his senior vice president title at Bird. Jim, a successful founder of Rideau Construction, joined Bird in 2008 with the completion of Bird’s acquisition of Rideau. Since that time he has primarily been responsible for the Atlantic operations of Bird, which have seen our Halifax and Saint John operations flourish. His entrepreneurial spirit will be beneficial as he works with the O’Connell management team to effectively continue the growth of their operations in the coming years.

In an evening celebration on June 4 with over 100 friends, family and colleagues, Mark McLaren joined 175 other members in Bird’s 25 Year Club, recognizing those employed with Bird for 25 years. Currently, Mark is the director of business development for the Toronto office. His expertise has not only impacted the success of the Toronto district, but has also resulted in contract securements across the country including private schools, large retail stores and Defence Construction Canada project contracts. Mark has a one-of-a-kind demeanour that is reassuring and a compelling reason as to why our clients keep including Mark as part of their team. Congratulations to Mark! On the right, Mark McLaren and Tim Talbott, President & CEO.

SAFETY HIGHLIGHTS

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

MUSKRAT FALLS HYDROELECTRIC GENERATING STATION BULK EXCAVATION & CIVIL WORKS

In 2013, Bird participated in the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. Across the company, Bird put the spotlight on risk tolerance — our individual and collective willingness and capacity to bear risk in pursuit of our goals. In Winnipeg, Bird employees joined the Steps for Life Walk to raise pledges and awareness for families of workplace tragedy. The team completed a five kilometre walk and raised over $7,000. The Heart and Stroke Foundation has also rewarded the Bird Saint John District’s wellness committee for their efforts in shaping health promotion at the workplace.

LOCATION Happy ValleyGoose Bay, NL

Our industrial sector has been awarded two awards for health, safety and environmental best practices including Canadian Natural Resources Limited’s Appreciation of Safety Excellence Award, and Bantrel and ConocoPhillips’ Environmental Excellence Award.

At Bird, we believe that teamwork extends beyond our offices and job sites. Our employees play a major role in encouraging the company to contribute financially and volunteer in our communities. In 2013, our district offices supported a number of local and regional charities including the United Way, Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada and the Manitoba Marathon to support Manitobans who live with an intellectual disability.

Bird has received the Ontario General Contractors Association’s Distinguished Achievements in Health and Safety for achieving a zero injury frequency for 778,021 man hours completed.

Bird Construction is a leading general contractor in Canada with offices coast to coast and has been providing construction services to a long list of new and repeat clients for decades. The company also provides pre-construction services and has acted as a key member on many public-private partnerships. With its wide scope, Bird’s clients include pre-eminent firms in the commercial, institutional, retail, multi-tenant residential, industrial, mining, water and wastewater, energy and civil sectors. s t . j o h n ’s

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CLIENT Nalcor Energy CONSULTANT SNC-Lavalin Inc. CONTRACT TYPE Unit Price CONSTRUCTION VALUE Over $100,000,000 PROJECT DURATION 14 months

H.J. O’Connell (HJO), a subsidiary of Bird, was the lead in the joint venture, IKC-ONE Earthwork Constructors consortium, which included the participation of the Labrador Innu. The contract included overburden and rock excavation of the intake, powerhouse, spillway, separation wall, switchyard and converter stations and dams at the site of the 824 megawatt hydroelectric generating station in central Labrador. The team worked around-the-clock to complete the project before the winter months with a crew of 400 and 200 pieces of heavy equipment. Almost 300,000 linear metres of rock was drilled with 75 to 165 millimetre holes for blasting. The rock removal commenced at 20 metres above the river level and concluded at 32 metres below water level. In addition 150,000 cubic metres of earthfill cofferdams and 37,000 cubic metres of roller compacted concrete cofferdams were built. At the completion of the project, over 2.7 million cubic metres of earth was moved, over 1.8 million cubic metres of rock blasting and removal was completed and 15,000 cubic metres of underwater rock was removed. With the success of this project, HJO looks forward to additional contract awards for this ongoing challenging project.


ELEMENTARY TEACHERS’ FEDERATION OF ONTARIO HEADQUARTERS

NS GOVERNMENT & GENERAL EMPLOYEES UNION HEADQUARTERS

LOCATION Toronto, ON

LOCATION Dartmouth, NS

CLIENT The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

CLIENT Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union

CONSULTANT Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects

CONSULTANT Harvey Architecture CONTRACT TYPE Construction Management/ Design-Build

CONTRACT TYPE Stipulated Sum

CONSTRUCTION VALUE $10,600,000

CONSTRUCTION VALUE $41,000,000

PROJECT SIZE 5,250 m2

PROJECT SIZE 11,250 m2

PROJECT DURATION 14 months

PROJECT DURATION 23 months

Located in downtown Toronto, this four-storey building was carefully shaped and sculpted to fit comfortably into its tight urban site. A facade of glazing, fibre-cement panels and vertical sunshade fins reduce solar gains. For south and west facades, late-day solar gains are countered by a fully automated exterior shading blind system — one of the first large-scale applications in Canada. Targeting LEED® Platinum, the building features numerous green building practices including a green roof and geothermal heating and cooling system. In order to meet the project’s schedule, Bird installed the geothermal system after the structure was completed. Work involved drilling 84 holes, 150 metres deep under the basement parking garage. This is the first project application of this new drilling technology in Ontario. The system ties into a space heating/cooling network, consisting of hydronic capillary mats installed in the ceiling grid. The mats are composed of five millimetre polypropylene tubes carrying water for heating and cooling. On a tight downtown Toronto site with only one access point for the site and no place for material laydown, all deliveries were handled on a just-in-time basis. The close proximity of residential homes abutting the site required the team to work with the Upper Jarvis Neighbourhood Association. Through town hall meetings and monthly newsletters, Bird ensured the community was kept informed of the project’s progress.

ANZAC WATER RESERVOIR & PUMP STATION

Bird’s favourable reputation and visionary approach lent itself to the securement of this project. The project was procured through an in-house design-build approach, where Bird’s internal design team worked closely with the client to develop a functional space program, and prepare conceptual and design development drawings using Autodesk® Revit® software. During the extensive design process, 3D models were created to allow the client to visualize the completed project. During construction, the construction team and consultants were able to maintain the integrity of the design by using the approved 3D renderings as a reference. Unique to this project, Bird used fire modelling techniques to reduce costs for traditional fire protection systems, which decreased the use of harmful fireproofing products. This was achieved through the use of computer fire model simulations and timed exit studies for occupancy loads. By refining the design, the studies were conclusive that the building exceeded all requirements for fire protection and the money saved was reallocated to sustainable design strategies including the highly insulated building envelope featuring insulated tilt-up concrete sandwich panels and heat recovery ventilation. The three-storey office and conference centre can accommodate meetings of up to 300 people. Through value engineering, Bird was able to expand the building by 1,800 square metres while still adhering to the client’s budget. The exterior features glazing with the union’s prominent colours of blue and gold. The building and convention centre are bridged by an atrium-style, open-window winter garden.

RECENT AWARDS Fort Hills Piling & Foundations Fort McMurray, AB

LOCATION Anzac, AB

ONGOING PROJECTS

Mont-Wright Stripping

Placentia Lift Bridge Placentia, NL

Mont-Wright, QC

Mont-Wright Residue Confinement Mont-Wright, QC

St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre

CLIENT Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

St. Catharines, ON

CONSULTANT DCL Siemens Engineering Ltd.

Northern Rockies Regional Recreation Centre Aquatic Centre

CONTRACT TYPE Stipulated Sum/Unit Price

Fort Nelson, BC

CONSTRUCTION VALUE $10,000,000

Providence Care Centre

PROJECT SIZE 2,700 m3 reservoir

Halifax Residential Redevelopment

Nanuk Community Centre Hopedale, NL

Halifax, NS

South Tall Cree Water Treatment Plant

Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts

South Tall Cree, AB

Tache Hall Renovations Winnipeg, MB

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Glenboro & Gretna, MB

Camrose City Hall Camrose, AB

St. Catharines, ON

88 Scott Condominium Development Demolition Phase Toronto, ON

Calgary, AB

PROJECT DURATION 22 months

Alberta Clipper Expansion

Dr. Georges-L. Dumont University Hospital Breast Health Centre Addition Moncton, NB

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Target Store Polo Park

Moncton Hospital Oncology Clinic Addition

Winnipeg, MB

Moncton, NB

Drayton Valley Water Treatment Plant

Fort Nelson First Nation Wellness Centre & Dance Arbour

Drayton Valley, AB

Fort Nelson, BC


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SOBEYS SAGE CREEK

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA EARTH SCIENCE BUILDING LOCATION Vancouver, BC

LOCATION Winnipeg, MB

CLIENT University of British Columbia Properties Trust

CLIENT Sobeys Inc.

CONSULTANT Busby Perkins + Will

CONSULTANT Nejmark Architect

CONTRACT TYPE Construction Management

CONTRACT TYPE Stipulated Sum

CONSTRUCTION VALUE $60,000,000

CONSTRUCTION VALUE $5,400,000

PROJECT SIZE 13,500 m2

PROJECT SIZE 3,500 m2

PROJECT DURATION 28 months

PROJECT DURATION 9 months

The new earth science building is one of the largest cross laminated timber wood structures in North America. More than 50% of the building’s structure is constructed with wood material including the addition of a wood structured pedway to an existing neighbouring building. Our team educated themselves on the proper installation procedures and sealers for wood products, and the appropriate refinishing practices. As a result, Bird has acquired the knowledge to become an industry leader in heavy timber construction. The building includes a five-storey atrium and a show-stopping wood staircase. The facility provides learning spaces for more than 7,000 students each year including three lecture theatres ranging in sizes from 350 seats to 70 seats; leading-edge wet laboratories; clean room laboratories; and high headroom laboratories with two and five tonne overhead cranes for large-scale experiments. The wet labs were constructed using a flexible lab system design incorporating a ceiling track system for all mechanical, electrical and gas services, allowing the lab benches and work stations to be reconfigured for future expansion. Bird has the ability and the experience working on projects of this size and was involved from the beginning of this highly integrated design process. The project is targeting LEED® Gold certification with its extensive solar shading and systems that reclaim waste heat from the labs. Bird worked with the consultants to redesign the project to incorporate a near-zero thermal energy waste heating and cooling system to add to the building’s energy cost savings. The project has been awarded the Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s Architectural Award.

Sobeys Sage Creek is the first in a series of new Sobeys stores to be launched across the country. As a general contractor capable of building large retail projects, our proven success comes from understanding the compressed schedules and changing requirements that accompany projects in the retail sector. Bird welcomed the challenge to deliver Sobeys’ new store concept. The project was awarded in two parts: the base building package, including all foundations, building structure and shell, followed by the interior fit-up package. The interior fit-up package was released later than anticipated due to the fact that it was the first model of its kind in Canada. As a result, construction activities were accelerated to meet the store’s opening date. Our team worked extended hours and weekends to complete the project. Bird led the charge with as many as 140 workers on-site focusing on building construction while Sobeys’ crew worked on the interior fixturing including shelving, equipment installation and product placement. Bird self-performed the concrete foundations, concrete slabs, carpentry and miscellaneous specialities installation. The complex underground plumbing required excavations as deep as three metres to accommodate the slopes required to drain the building.

BIRD’S MERITS OF SUCCESS

NASON’S NEW WEBSITE

Bird has been recognized nationally on several notable financial lists including PROFIT Magazine’s 500 List of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Bird made the 500 List, as well as the Billion-Dollar Club, which features Canada’s fastest-growing companies with revenues in excess of $1 billion. A mere five organizations from the PROFIT 500 list of companies made the club. The company was again included in Financial Post Magazine’s annual FP500 of Canada’s 500 largest corporations ranked by volume. Bird also earned a spot in the Return on Shareholders’ Equity category, an exclusive list of the top 50 companies. Bird holds the 17th position. Bird ranked within The Globe and Mail’s Top 1000 most profitable companies list and On-Site Magazine’s Top 40 Contractors List, placing Bird in fifth place among general contractors in Canada based on volume with its 2012 record revenue. Bird’s challenging projects have also received their share of recognition. The Ontario Provincial Police Modernization Project has received the Silver Infrastructure Award from the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. Burlington Performing Arts Centre has also won the Ontario Concrete Awards’ Sustainable Concrete Construction Award. 6

Nason Contracting Group Ltd., a subsidiary of Bird Construction, is pleased to announce the launch of its new website at www.nason.ca. The new site highlights Nason’s areas of expertise by showcasing a number of full-screen photographs along with detailed descriptions of their featured projects. An interactive timeline allows users to scroll through the company’s past and present. As an integrated team that can either perform as a general contractor or as a major trade contractor, the new site accurately portrays Nason’s capabilities.

Nason Contracting Group Ltd., a subsidiary of Bird, constructed and commissioned the water reservoir and pump station in Anzac to provide potable water to the Anzac and Conklin area for both industrial and residential users. Due to the increase of construction activities in the area, there was a growing demand for potable water consumption in construction camps. Previously, water tankers were used to supply construction camps with potable water from as far away as Fort McMurray. Nason was awarded the contract by leveraging their capabilities to self-perform all major components of the project with their inhouse trade contractors. The team experienced abnormally harsh weather conditions during October that persisted throughout the winter, impacting the project’s manpower scheduling. Therefore, Nason created a master schedule for all of their projects in the area to allow their craft workers to be positioned where needed. This strategy allowed all of their ongoing projects to stay on schedule. Operation of the Anzac facility is entirely automated and is monitored from the water treatment plant central operations facility in Fort McMurray. The programmable logic controller (PLC) based control system at the facility is linked to the central operations room using a radio telemetry system between the two locations. Nason completed the electrical and instrumentation designs and produced all layouts, PLC wiring diagrams and loop diagrams for the project. 3


SAINT JOHN LAW COURTS

BOILERMAKERS APPRENTICESHIP & TRAINING FACILITY

LOCATION Saint John, NB

LOCATION Edmonton, AB

CLIENT Government of New Brunswick

CLIENT International Brotherhood Boilermakers Local 146

CONSULTANT Murdock & Boyd Architects

CONSULTANT Bennett Architect Inc. CONTRACT TYPE Construction Management/ Stipulated Sum

CONTRACT TYPE Stipulated Sum

CONSTRUCTION VALUE $18,600,000

CONSTRUCTION VALUE $41,000,000

PROJECT SIZE 6,600 m2

PROJECT SIZE 13,500 m2

PROJECT DURATION 16 months

PROJECT DURATION 33 months

The new six-storey Saint John Law Courts houses 13 courtrooms, a barristers’ lounge, office space for the judiciary, court services, public prosecutors, sheriff services, policing and the Department of Public Safety. The new high-security facility consolidates a number of provincial and federal law courts within a 100-kilometre radius. As part of the revitalization efforts for downtown Saint John, Bird worked on a tight site with close proximity to two other major infrastructure projects. Bird’s scope of work also included an underground tunnel that the team partially completed for the law courts, while another contractor completed the other half for the new police headquarters. Bird actively pursued the leadership role among the other general contractors working in the area by hosting meetings to coordinate schedules and logistics, including evening and weekend work and material deliveries. Every effort was made to mitigate risk and disturbance to surrounding landowners, ultimately ensuring each project did not interfere with another, allowing timelines to be met. Targeting LEED® Silver certification, the external skin of the building consists of five different finishes including concrete pre-cast, curtain wall, metal siding, distinctive copper siding, panels of brick siding and decorative quarry stone to symbolize the strength of justice fulfilled within the courts.

GENESIS PLACE PHASE III LOCATION Airdrie, AB CLIENT City of Airdrie CONSULTANT Gibbs Gage Architects CONTRACT TYPE Stipulated Sum CONSTRUCTION VALUE $17,900,000 PROJECT SIZE 7,000 m2 PROJECT DURATION 16 months

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With nearly 4,400 members to support, Boilermakers Local 146 engaged Bird to construct their new training facility based on our success delivering similar projects for the client over the last 10 years, including training facilities in Edmonton and Calgary. Bird provided conceptual design and pre-construction services, including consultation on available land options close to their existing facilities. While the original intent was to build behind their current training facility, Bird assisted the client in obtaining member approval to expand their Edmonton campus by purchasing an adjacent property that had preferential zoning regulations for building height. As a result, the 18-metre-tall facility was built without zoning issues. Bird completed the project two months ahead of schedule and enforced stringent industrial safety standards for this unique undertaking. The team was able to successfully simulate an industrial site within a commercial building envelope by applying Bird’s extensive understanding and knowledge of industrial construction. The world-class facility, which has already received international interest, features 30 different training programs including the boilermakers’ exclusive master riggers certification program. This facility has the capacity to offer training options for all phases of its members’ careers under one roof. The final installment of Airdrie’s recreation facility, Genesis Place, has been completed by Bird. The exterior of the facility boasts a roof sloped towards the centre composed of concrete composite panels. The building envelope includes light-diffusing exterior glazing, unique to this type of facility. Bird first joined the project in 2008 as the contractor of choice to complete Phase II, the construction of soccer field houses and a gymnastics facility. Bird returned in 2012 to complete the construction of two NHL-sized arenas, seating for 250 people at each rink, refrigeration plant, ice resurfacer room, conference rooms and a foyer area for events. Given the limited site area, one of the main challenges was to provide connectivity to the other phases and functional access to the twin arenas. Faced with a tight project schedule, the team experienced a threat to the project schedule when poor soil conditions were uncovered. However, Bird was able to successfully remove approximately 25,000 cubic metres of unsuitable soils, an additional 8,000 cubic metres more than the original contract, in order to reach the required quality of soil needed for structural stability. 5


SAINT JOHN LAW COURTS

BOILERMAKERS APPRENTICESHIP & TRAINING FACILITY

LOCATION Saint John, NB

LOCATION Edmonton, AB

CLIENT Government of New Brunswick

CLIENT International Brotherhood Boilermakers Local 146

CONSULTANT Murdock & Boyd Architects

CONSULTANT Bennett Architect Inc. CONTRACT TYPE Construction Management/ Stipulated Sum

CONTRACT TYPE Stipulated Sum

CONSTRUCTION VALUE $18,600,000

CONSTRUCTION VALUE $41,000,000

PROJECT SIZE 6,600 m2

PROJECT SIZE 13,500 m2

PROJECT DURATION 16 months

PROJECT DURATION 33 months

The new six-storey Saint John Law Courts houses 13 courtrooms, a barristers’ lounge, office space for the judiciary, court services, public prosecutors, sheriff services, policing and the Department of Public Safety. The new high-security facility consolidates a number of provincial and federal law courts within a 100-kilometre radius. As part of the revitalization efforts for downtown Saint John, Bird worked on a tight site with close proximity to two other major infrastructure projects. Bird’s scope of work also included an underground tunnel that the team partially completed for the law courts, while another contractor completed the other half for the new police headquarters. Bird actively pursued the leadership role among the other general contractors working in the area by hosting meetings to coordinate schedules and logistics, including evening and weekend work and material deliveries. Every effort was made to mitigate risk and disturbance to surrounding landowners, ultimately ensuring each project did not interfere with another, allowing timelines to be met. Targeting LEED® Silver certification, the external skin of the building consists of five different finishes including concrete pre-cast, curtain wall, metal siding, distinctive copper siding, panels of brick siding and decorative quarry stone to symbolize the strength of justice fulfilled within the courts.

GENESIS PLACE PHASE III LOCATION Airdrie, AB CLIENT City of Airdrie CONSULTANT Gibbs Gage Architects CONTRACT TYPE Stipulated Sum CONSTRUCTION VALUE $17,900,000 PROJECT SIZE 7,000 m2 PROJECT DURATION 16 months

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With nearly 4,400 members to support, Boilermakers Local 146 engaged Bird to construct their new training facility based on our success delivering similar projects for the client over the last 10 years, including training facilities in Edmonton and Calgary. Bird provided conceptual design and pre-construction services, including consultation on available land options close to their existing facilities. While the original intent was to build behind their current training facility, Bird assisted the client in obtaining member approval to expand their Edmonton campus by purchasing an adjacent property that had preferential zoning regulations for building height. As a result, the 18-metre-tall facility was built without zoning issues. Bird completed the project two months ahead of schedule and enforced stringent industrial safety standards for this unique undertaking. The team was able to successfully simulate an industrial site within a commercial building envelope by applying Bird’s extensive understanding and knowledge of industrial construction. The world-class facility, which has already received international interest, features 30 different training programs including the boilermakers’ exclusive master riggers certification program. This facility has the capacity to offer training options for all phases of its members’ careers under one roof. The final installment of Airdrie’s recreation facility, Genesis Place, has been completed by Bird. The exterior of the facility boasts a roof sloped towards the centre composed of concrete composite panels. The building envelope includes light-diffusing exterior glazing, unique to this type of facility. Bird first joined the project in 2008 as the contractor of choice to complete Phase II, the construction of soccer field houses and a gymnastics facility. Bird returned in 2012 to complete the construction of two NHL-sized arenas, seating for 250 people at each rink, refrigeration plant, ice resurfacer room, conference rooms and a foyer area for events. Given the limited site area, one of the main challenges was to provide connectivity to the other phases and functional access to the twin arenas. Faced with a tight project schedule, the team experienced a threat to the project schedule when poor soil conditions were uncovered. However, Bird was able to successfully remove approximately 25,000 cubic metres of unsuitable soils, an additional 8,000 cubic metres more than the original contract, in order to reach the required quality of soil needed for structural stability. 5


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SOBEYS SAGE CREEK

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA EARTH SCIENCE BUILDING LOCATION Vancouver, BC

LOCATION Winnipeg, MB

CLIENT University of British Columbia Properties Trust

CLIENT Sobeys Inc.

CONSULTANT Busby Perkins + Will

CONSULTANT Nejmark Architect

CONTRACT TYPE Construction Management

CONTRACT TYPE Stipulated Sum

CONSTRUCTION VALUE $60,000,000

CONSTRUCTION VALUE $5,400,000

PROJECT SIZE 13,500 m2

PROJECT SIZE 3,500 m2

PROJECT DURATION 28 months

PROJECT DURATION 9 months

The new earth science building is one of the largest cross laminated timber wood structures in North America. More than 50% of the building’s structure is constructed with wood material including the addition of a wood structured pedway to an existing neighbouring building. Our team educated themselves on the proper installation procedures and sealers for wood products, and the appropriate refinishing practices. As a result, Bird has acquired the knowledge to become an industry leader in heavy timber construction. The building includes a five-storey atrium and a show-stopping wood staircase. The facility provides learning spaces for more than 7,000 students each year including three lecture theatres ranging in sizes from 350 seats to 70 seats; leading-edge wet laboratories; clean room laboratories; and high headroom laboratories with two and five tonne overhead cranes for large-scale experiments. The wet labs were constructed using a flexible lab system design incorporating a ceiling track system for all mechanical, electrical and gas services, allowing the lab benches and work stations to be reconfigured for future expansion. Bird has the ability and the experience working on projects of this size and was involved from the beginning of this highly integrated design process. The project is targeting LEED® Gold certification with its extensive solar shading and systems that reclaim waste heat from the labs. Bird worked with the consultants to redesign the project to incorporate a near-zero thermal energy waste heating and cooling system to add to the building’s energy cost savings. The project has been awarded the Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s Architectural Award.

Sobeys Sage Creek is the first in a series of new Sobeys stores to be launched across the country. As a general contractor capable of building large retail projects, our proven success comes from understanding the compressed schedules and changing requirements that accompany projects in the retail sector. Bird welcomed the challenge to deliver Sobeys’ new store concept. The project was awarded in two parts: the base building package, including all foundations, building structure and shell, followed by the interior fit-up package. The interior fit-up package was released later than anticipated due to the fact that it was the first model of its kind in Canada. As a result, construction activities were accelerated to meet the store’s opening date. Our team worked extended hours and weekends to complete the project. Bird led the charge with as many as 140 workers on-site focusing on building construction while Sobeys’ crew worked on the interior fixturing including shelving, equipment installation and product placement. Bird self-performed the concrete foundations, concrete slabs, carpentry and miscellaneous specialities installation. The complex underground plumbing required excavations as deep as three metres to accommodate the slopes required to drain the building.

BIRD’S MERITS OF SUCCESS

NASON’S NEW WEBSITE

Bird has been recognized nationally on several notable financial lists including PROFIT Magazine’s 500 List of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Bird made the 500 List, as well as the Billion-Dollar Club, which features Canada’s fastest-growing companies with revenues in excess of $1 billion. A mere five organizations from the PROFIT 500 list of companies made the club. The company was again included in Financial Post Magazine’s annual FP500 of Canada’s 500 largest corporations ranked by volume. Bird also earned a spot in the Return on Shareholders’ Equity category, an exclusive list of the top 50 companies. Bird holds the 17th position. Bird ranked within The Globe and Mail’s Top 1000 most profitable companies list and On-Site Magazine’s Top 40 Contractors List, placing Bird in fifth place among general contractors in Canada based on volume with its 2012 record revenue. Bird’s challenging projects have also received their share of recognition. The Ontario Provincial Police Modernization Project has received the Silver Infrastructure Award from the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. Burlington Performing Arts Centre has also won the Ontario Concrete Awards’ Sustainable Concrete Construction Award. 6

Nason Contracting Group Ltd., a subsidiary of Bird Construction, is pleased to announce the launch of its new website at www.nason.ca. The new site highlights Nason’s areas of expertise by showcasing a number of full-screen photographs along with detailed descriptions of their featured projects. An interactive timeline allows users to scroll through the company’s past and present. As an integrated team that can either perform as a general contractor or as a major trade contractor, the new site accurately portrays Nason’s capabilities.

Nason Contracting Group Ltd., a subsidiary of Bird, constructed and commissioned the water reservoir and pump station in Anzac to provide potable water to the Anzac and Conklin area for both industrial and residential users. Due to the increase of construction activities in the area, there was a growing demand for potable water consumption in construction camps. Previously, water tankers were used to supply construction camps with potable water from as far away as Fort McMurray. Nason was awarded the contract by leveraging their capabilities to self-perform all major components of the project with their inhouse trade contractors. The team experienced abnormally harsh weather conditions during October that persisted throughout the winter, impacting the project’s manpower scheduling. Therefore, Nason created a master schedule for all of their projects in the area to allow their craft workers to be positioned where needed. This strategy allowed all of their ongoing projects to stay on schedule. Operation of the Anzac facility is entirely automated and is monitored from the water treatment plant central operations facility in Fort McMurray. The programmable logic controller (PLC) based control system at the facility is linked to the central operations room using a radio telemetry system between the two locations. Nason completed the electrical and instrumentation designs and produced all layouts, PLC wiring diagrams and loop diagrams for the project. 3


ELEMENTARY TEACHERS’ FEDERATION OF ONTARIO HEADQUARTERS

NS GOVERNMENT & GENERAL EMPLOYEES UNION HEADQUARTERS

LOCATION Toronto, ON

LOCATION Dartmouth, NS

CLIENT The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

CLIENT Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union

CONSULTANT Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects

CONSULTANT Harvey Architecture CONTRACT TYPE Construction Management/ Design-Build

CONTRACT TYPE Stipulated Sum

CONSTRUCTION VALUE $10,600,000

CONSTRUCTION VALUE $41,000,000

PROJECT SIZE 5,250 m2

PROJECT SIZE 11,250 m2

PROJECT DURATION 14 months

PROJECT DURATION 23 months

Located in downtown Toronto, this four-storey building was carefully shaped and sculpted to fit comfortably into its tight urban site. A facade of glazing, fibre-cement panels and vertical sunshade fins reduce solar gains. For south and west facades, late-day solar gains are countered by a fully automated exterior shading blind system — one of the first large-scale applications in Canada. Targeting LEED® Platinum, the building features numerous green building practices including a green roof and geothermal heating and cooling system. In order to meet the project’s schedule, Bird installed the geothermal system after the structure was completed. Work involved drilling 84 holes, 150 metres deep under the basement parking garage. This is the first project application of this new drilling technology in Ontario. The system ties into a space heating/cooling network, consisting of hydronic capillary mats installed in the ceiling grid. The mats are composed of five millimetre polypropylene tubes carrying water for heating and cooling. On a tight downtown Toronto site with only one access point for the site and no place for material laydown, all deliveries were handled on a just-in-time basis. The close proximity of residential homes abutting the site required the team to work with the Upper Jarvis Neighbourhood Association. Through town hall meetings and monthly newsletters, Bird ensured the community was kept informed of the project’s progress.

ANZAC WATER RESERVOIR & PUMP STATION

Bird’s favourable reputation and visionary approach lent itself to the securement of this project. The project was procured through an in-house design-build approach, where Bird’s internal design team worked closely with the client to develop a functional space program, and prepare conceptual and design development drawings using Autodesk® Revit® software. During the extensive design process, 3D models were created to allow the client to visualize the completed project. During construction, the construction team and consultants were able to maintain the integrity of the design by using the approved 3D renderings as a reference. Unique to this project, Bird used fire modelling techniques to reduce costs for traditional fire protection systems, which decreased the use of harmful fireproofing products. This was achieved through the use of computer fire model simulations and timed exit studies for occupancy loads. By refining the design, the studies were conclusive that the building exceeded all requirements for fire protection and the money saved was reallocated to sustainable design strategies including the highly insulated building envelope featuring insulated tilt-up concrete sandwich panels and heat recovery ventilation. The three-storey office and conference centre can accommodate meetings of up to 300 people. Through value engineering, Bird was able to expand the building by 1,800 square metres while still adhering to the client’s budget. The exterior features glazing with the union’s prominent colours of blue and gold. The building and convention centre are bridged by an atrium-style, open-window winter garden.

RECENT AWARDS Fort Hills Piling & Foundations Fort McMurray, AB

LOCATION Anzac, AB

ONGOING PROJECTS

Mont-Wright Stripping

Placentia Lift Bridge Placentia, NL

Mont-Wright, QC

Mont-Wright Residue Confinement Mont-Wright, QC

St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre

CLIENT Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

St. Catharines, ON

CONSULTANT DCL Siemens Engineering Ltd.

Northern Rockies Regional Recreation Centre Aquatic Centre

CONTRACT TYPE Stipulated Sum/Unit Price

Fort Nelson, BC

CONSTRUCTION VALUE $10,000,000

Providence Care Centre

PROJECT SIZE 2,700 m3 reservoir

Halifax Residential Redevelopment

Nanuk Community Centre Hopedale, NL

Halifax, NS

South Tall Cree Water Treatment Plant

Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts

South Tall Cree, AB

Tache Hall Renovations Winnipeg, MB

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Glenboro & Gretna, MB

Camrose City Hall Camrose, AB

St. Catharines, ON

88 Scott Condominium Development Demolition Phase Toronto, ON

Calgary, AB

PROJECT DURATION 22 months

Alberta Clipper Expansion

Dr. Georges-L. Dumont University Hospital Breast Health Centre Addition Moncton, NB

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Target Store Polo Park

Moncton Hospital Oncology Clinic Addition

Winnipeg, MB

Moncton, NB

Drayton Valley Water Treatment Plant

Fort Nelson First Nation Wellness Centre & Dance Arbour

Drayton Valley, AB

Fort Nelson, BC


PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS

Jim Brennan is appointed to the position of president of Bird’s wholly owned subsidiary H.J. O’Connell, Limited, in addition to retaining his senior vice president title at Bird. Jim, a successful founder of Rideau Construction, joined Bird in 2008 with the completion of Bird’s acquisition of Rideau. Since that time he has primarily been responsible for the Atlantic operations of Bird, which have seen our Halifax and Saint John operations flourish. His entrepreneurial spirit will be beneficial as he works with the O’Connell management team to effectively continue the growth of their operations in the coming years.

In an evening celebration on June 4 with over 100 friends, family and colleagues, Mark McLaren joined 175 other members in Bird’s 25 Year Club, recognizing those employed with Bird for 25 years. Currently, Mark is the director of business development for the Toronto office. His expertise has not only impacted the success of the Toronto district, but has also resulted in contract securements across the country including private schools, large retail stores and Defence Construction Canada project contracts. Mark has a one-of-a-kind demeanour that is reassuring and a compelling reason as to why our clients keep including Mark as part of their team. Congratulations to Mark! On the right, Mark McLaren and Tim Talbott, President & CEO.

SAFETY HIGHLIGHTS

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

MUSKRAT FALLS HYDROELECTRIC GENERATING STATION BULK EXCAVATION & CIVIL WORKS

In 2013, Bird participated in the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. Across the company, Bird put the spotlight on risk tolerance — our individual and collective willingness and capacity to bear risk in pursuit of our goals. In Winnipeg, Bird employees joined the Steps for Life Walk to raise pledges and awareness for families of workplace tragedy. The team completed a five kilometre walk and raised over $7,000. The Heart and Stroke Foundation has also rewarded the Bird Saint John District’s wellness committee for their efforts in shaping health promotion at the workplace.

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Our industrial sector has been awarded two awards for health, safety and environmental best practices including Canadian Natural Resources Limited’s Appreciation of Safety Excellence Award, and Bantrel and ConocoPhillips’ Environmental Excellence Award.

At Bird, we believe that teamwork extends beyond our offices and job sites. Our employees play a major role in encouraging the company to contribute financially and volunteer in our communities. In 2013, our district offices supported a number of local and regional charities including the United Way, Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada and the Manitoba Marathon to support Manitobans who live with an intellectual disability.

Bird has received the Ontario General Contractors Association’s Distinguished Achievements in Health and Safety for achieving a zero injury frequency for 778,021 man hours completed.

Bird Construction is a leading general contractor in Canada with offices coast to coast and has been providing construction services to a long list of new and repeat clients for decades. The company also provides pre-construction services and has acted as a key member on many public-private partnerships. With its wide scope, Bird’s clients include pre-eminent firms in the commercial, institutional, retail, multi-tenant residential, industrial, mining, water and wastewater, energy and civil sectors. s t . j o h n ’s

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CLIENT Nalcor Energy CONSULTANT SNC-Lavalin Inc. CONTRACT TYPE Unit Price CONSTRUCTION VALUE Over $100,000,000 PROJECT DURATION 14 months

H.J. O’Connell (HJO), a subsidiary of Bird, was the lead in the joint venture, IKC-ONE Earthwork Constructors consortium, which included the participation of the Labrador Innu. The contract included overburden and rock excavation of the intake, powerhouse, spillway, separation wall, switchyard and converter stations and dams at the site of the 824 megawatt hydroelectric generating station in central Labrador. The team worked around-the-clock to complete the project before the winter months with a crew of 400 and 200 pieces of heavy equipment. Almost 300,000 linear metres of rock was drilled with 75 to 165 millimetre holes for blasting. The rock removal commenced at 20 metres above the river level and concluded at 32 metres below water level. In addition 150,000 cubic metres of earthfill cofferdams and 37,000 cubic metres of roller compacted concrete cofferdams were built. At the completion of the project, over 2.7 million cubic metres of earth was moved, over 1.8 million cubic metres of rock blasting and removal was completed and 15,000 cubic metres of underwater rock was removed. With the success of this project, HJO looks forward to additional contract awards for this ongoing challenging project.

Bird Fall Winter 2013 Newsletter  

Bird Fall Winter 2013 Newsletter featuring top projects from across Canada.