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Bird Construction

Bird Construction

Overview

Bird is committed to the Statement of Principles outlined by Natural Resources Canada’s SMR Roadmap and will support the SMR Action Plan through our reputation, partnership resources and national presence.

As one of Canada’s leading and most diverse construction companies, Bird Construction has been inspired and called to action by disruptive changes on a global context. We have strong capabilities to self-perform civil, mechanical and electrical discipline work and maintain an impressive suite of quality certifications in all jurisdictions we perform work. Bird is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol, BDT.

Our 2,625 professional, technical, managerial and administrative staff are based out of 18 major offices across Canada. Our three key construction business units include:

  • Heavy Civil – Mining, hydroelectric, major concrete works
  • Industrial – Oil & gas, petrochemical, power, nuclear, environmental, shop fabrication, in-plant maintenance
  • Commercial and Institutional – Buildings, infrastructure, transportation
COST ESTIMATORS/SCHEDULERS 128
SUPERINTENDENTS & FOREMAN 340
ENGINEERS /DESIGNERS 322
TRADES & SUPPORT STAFF 3,289

Bird’s 100 years of company history stands as a testament to our adaptability and unrelenting pursuit of our vision to build Canada’s future. Bird’s nuclear construction projects portfolio extends over 40 years, from the construction of Atomic Energy of Canada’s Whiteshell Nuclear Laboratories in Pinawa, Manitoba, and through to our current Chandos-Bird joint venture project to construct CNL’s Advanced Nuclear Materials Research Centre at Chalk River, Ontario.

Bird’s design and construction projects in Canada’s energy sector include diverse projects performed in remote communities with significant Indigenous populations, industrial settings and for nuclear facilities. Some of Bird’s most satisfying projects have significantly improved the lives of residents of Canada’s North. These socially beneficial project experiences have propelled us to investigate alternate future solutions for fulfilling remote communities’ basic infrastructure needs, including the critical need for safe, clean and reliable energy sourced from off-grid generation.

Bird’s interest and motivation for engagement on SMRs is also derived from our experience and on-going business relationships in the energy sector where carbon policies have had a direct impact on some of our customers’ business goals, execution strategies and outcomes. Bird will leverage our experience and business relationships with global and Canadian based oil and gas companies to further advance Canada’s SMR Action Plan.

Bird’s contribution to Canada’s SMR Action Plan incorporates a progressive approach towards providing sustained economic opportunities and benefits to the local residents of remote Northern communities. While design and construction technologies have evolved greatly through the years, Bird has remained at the forefront in developing new integrated design-construction methodologies. Our diligence and passion for design-construction excellence has resulted in improved field work efficiencies, and resultant reduction in total project capital cost and schedule. We have freely used our tested approaches to train successive generations of locally sourced construction workers and construction management professionals.

Bird’s vision for SMR implementation is one that centres on regional development of Canada’s North, expertly executed through meaningful dialogue, and stakeholder communication and participation:

  1. Supporting Indigenous communities in preparing SMR project development plans and funding proposals.
  2. Supporting heavy industry (in oil and gas, oil sands, chemicals and other heavy industry sectors) in preparing SMR project development plans and funding proposals.
  3. Establishment of a SMR construction innovation and worker training hub at Bird’s Edmonton fabrication facilities

Our dialogue with Indigenous communities and heavy industry can begin immediately, and subsequent discussions will be required to establish implementation goals, objectives and timelines.

Actions

DEMONSTRATION AND DEPLOYMENT
SMR project development planning for heavy industry
STATUS: UPCOMING
BI01

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 52

ACTION

Engage and support heavy industry (in oil and gas, oil sands, chemicals and other heavy industry sectors) in preparing SMR project development plans and funding proposals.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  1. Leverage our existing business relationships for SMR development dialogue with one or more heavy industrial companies.
  2. Draft SMR project development objectives and goals for the subject heavy industrial companies.
  3. Draft SMR project development plan outlines and request for funding proposals.
  4. Upon funding approvals, complete SMR project development plans.
DEMONSTRATION AND DEPLOYMENT
SMR Construction Innovation and Worker Training Centre
STATUS: UPCOMING
BI02

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 38, 39

ACTION

Plan for establishment of a SMR construction innovation and worker training centre at Bird’s Edmonton fabrication facilities.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  1. Development of SMR construction worker training program based on the unique needs of expected local and Indigenous workforce.
  2. Development of innovative construction methodologies and technologies aimed at reducing SMR construction schedule and costs.
CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
SMR project development planning for Indigenous communities
STATUS: UPCOMING
BI03

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 11

ACTION

Engage and support Indigenous communities in preparing preliminary SMR project development plans and funding proposals. Educate to expand social license for SMR development.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  1. Leverage our existing formal business relationships with 14 Indigenous groups and informal working relationships with over 70 Indigenous groups, for SMR development dialogue with 3 or more interested, Indigenous communities.
  2. Draft SMR project development objectives and goals for the subject Indigenous communities based on community input.
  3. Draft SMR project development plan outlines and request for funding proposals.
  4. Upon funding approvals, complete SMR project development plans.
  5. Growth of local economy and associated social benefits.