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Atco completes work on massive $470M Site C dam work camp

Replete with hair salon, coffee shop and hundreds of bedrooms, facility will house 1,600 workers over eight years of dam construction

October 20, 2016  by Canadian Staff


The lodge will house some 1,600 workers over eight years of dam construction. PHOTO: Atco

CALGARY—Atco has thrown open the doors at a 650,000 square-foot facility that will house some 1,600 workers building BC Hydro’s Site C dam.

The company’s Structures & Logistics division completed the elaborate $470 million work camp on-time and on-budget in just under 13 months.

The facility includes such amenities as a hair salon, coffee shop, gym and lounge—as well as bedrooms for the small army of workers who will build the $8.3 billion mega-project.

Despite significant ongoing opposition, BC Hydro has continued to push the Site C project forward. Work on the 1,100-megawatt hydro plant is already well underway and the utility aims to complete the dam by 2024.


Along with the construction of the lodge, Atco’s contract includes food, janitorial and maintenance services at the work camp over the eight years of dam construction.

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