Hubert J. Bird returns from World War I as a Captain in the Canadian Engineers and establishes Bird Construction Company Limited in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
Bird Construction incorporates in Regina, and is awarded its first $1 million contract, Canadian Pacific Railway’s Regina Union Station.
After securing a large project in Winnipeg for a food processing facility, the Company’s head office relocates to Winnipeg from Moose Jaw.
During World War II, Bird focuses its efforts almost entirely towards military airports and army camp installations. Through these years, almost all of the administrative personnel worked seven days a week.
Bird begins development of the 34 hectare Wildwood Housing Project in south Winnipeg – a revolutionary subdivision design where all the homes face a park-like area and service roads are confined to the periphery. To this day, Wildwood Park is still recognized by urban planners for its ingenuity.
Bird expands into Alberta where a number of projects are secured in the industrial and mining sectors.
Bird Construction Company Limited goes public by issuing shares on the Winnipeg Stock Exchange to raise capital to support its ongoing operations.
During the flood of the century, Hubert J. Bird and the Company play a significant role in the battle against the raging Red River as it inundated many neighbourhoods in the City of Winnipeg and surrounding communities. Bird would subsequently participate in the construction of Winnipeg’s flood management infrastructure. Pictured above, Hubert J. Bird (far left), appointed Honourary Colonel of the Royal Canadian Engineers, and Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent (third from the left).
Hubert J. Bird establishes the 25 Year Club to recognize the contributions by the Company’s dedicated employees who have served for 25 years with the Company. Each inductee to the 25 Year Club is recognized at a banquet in their honour, which is attended by family, colleagues and current members of the Club. Today, the 25 Year Club includes over 175 members.
Growth continues into British Columbia where Bird works together with the famed Canadian architect Arthur Erickson on the award-winning Burnaby Mountain Campus at Simon Fraser University. A few years later, Bird is contracted to build the 225,000 square metre Pacific Centre, a retail/commercial project that includes three high-rise office towers and a 120 unit shopping mall in downtown Vancouver.
With successful operations in Western Canada, Bird ventures east to Ontario. In addition to geographic expansion, the Company also increases its technical expertise and leads the industry with the offering of construction management services as a method of project delivery.
Bird makes its first foray into the Alberta oilsands market by undertaking a contract to build an operations building for Syncrude. Since that time Bird has been active in the oilsands by continuing to work for Syncrude and virtually all of the major participants in the industrial market.
Bird is one of a number of general contractors selected by Walmart to roll out their Canadian expansion program starting with 25 stores - the most of any general contractor. Bird has since completed over 100 Walmart projects from coast to coast. Other North American, big box retailers recognize Bird's building competence in this market sector, leading to contracts with Best Buy, Lowe’s, Future Shop, Home Depot, Save on Foods and others.
The Company continues to prove itself as a consistent performer. The Globe & Mail ranks Bird as fifth for the top 1000 publicly traded companies in Canada for a five-year average return on common equity.
Bird signs a purchase agreement to acquire Rideau Construction Inc, a successful Atlantic region general contractor. This expands Bird’s geographic foot print with offices in Halifax and Saint John.
Bird celebrates two milestones – for the first time ever, Bird puts in place over $1 billion in annual revenue. Bird also finalizes a design-build contract on its first public-private partnership project, the Surrey Outpatient Hospital.
Bird further expands geographically and by way of market sector by completing its second acquisition of H.J. O’Connell, a leader for 80 years in the heavy civil infrastructure, mining and energy markets.
As a leading general contractor in Canada for almost a century, Bird continues to grow as it signs an agreement to acquire Nason Contracting Group Ltd., a recognized leader in the construction of water and wastewater facilities in western Canada.