North Bank construction starting today for Site C

BC Hydro says North Bank site preparation work by Edmonton-based Morgan Construction and Environmental Limited is scheduled to begin today at the Site-C dam project site.

The work, to be completed by the end of June next year, involves constructing about seven kilometres of access roads, clearing about 55 hectares, and excavating about two million cubic metres of material.

In addition, Hydro also says the worker accommodation contractor will continue this week, camp area clearing and grading.

Last week Grande Prairie-based Petrowest Corporation, with ten locations in Northern Alberta and Northeastern BC, including Fort St. John, announced it has been awarded a sub-contract for the workforce housing facility.

As reported earlier the proponent chosen by Hydro for housing facility construction, is the Two Rivers Lodging Group, part of Alberta-based ATCO Structures, and the Petrowest selection was made by Bird Construction, a leading Canadian general contractor and part of the Two Rivers consortium.

It has already been confirmed the worker facility will include a one hundred person movie theatre, a gymnasium with a running track and separate weight training area, a licensed lounge, a multi-faith centre and single bedrooms.

The first phase is expected to be completed by early next year and will accommodate about 300 people, with second and third phases to follow, for 900 and 400 respectively.

When fully completed the three story structure will provide room for, from 16 to 22 hundred workers, but there’s still no word on the rescheduled dates next month for the Peace Region job fairs, which were postponed following the fatal policing shooting incident last month at a Hydro open house in Dawson Creek.

All this work, including the construction of fifty new rental housing units in Fort St. John, which upon project completion are targeted for use as affordable rental housing, is continuing as project opponents wait for rulings on a series of recent Federal and Provincial Supreme Court challenges.

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