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OPG awards Bird Construction initial contract for Clarington, Ontario campus

The design for the campus will include optimization of building performance, Indigenous design aspects, and energy conservation and other sustainable building features.

October 4, 2021  by CM Staff

OPG will construct its new corporate campus in Clarington, in Durham Region. (CNW Group/Ontario Power Generation Inc.)

Crown corporation Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has awarded construction company Bird Construction Inc. the engineering, procurement and construction contract for OPG’s Clarington, Ontario corporate campus.

OPG announced in 2019 it would consolidate all non-station based staff at one location: a newly-constructed headquarters campus adjacent to the existing Darlington Energy Complex in Clarington, in Durham Region. The goal is to reduce OPG’s real estate and related costs.

“Construction and increased employment numbers in Clarington will produce spin-off economic impacts and opportunities across Durham Region,” OPG said in an Oct. 4 news release.

The design for the campus will include optimization of building performance, Indigenous design aspects, and energy conservation and other sustainable building features.

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In the coming months, OPG and Bird will develop and refine the architectural design for the new building, as well as the associated technology and engineering. Ground is expected to be broken in early 2022, followed by the construction of the foundations and supporting parking facilities. In 2023, the building exterior will be constructed, and the interior completed and commissioned into 2024. The building is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2024.

“Durham Region is Ontario’s clean energy capital, currently producing about 30 per cent of Ontario’s energy,” said Durham regional chairman John Henry. “Durham is already home to an established energy cluster, and we are confident having OPG headquartered in our region will convince even more companies Durham Region is an ideal place to start, relocate, or build a business.”