Bird Construction to build care centre

As Originally Seen in the Calgary Herald :

Bird Construction has been selected as general contractor for the construction of Providence Care Centre, a $38.5-million seniors' facility in Midnapore, across from the Father Lacombe Centre at 146th Avenue S.E. Since its small start in Moose Jaw in 1920, Bird has grown to be a leading general contractor, a publicly traded Canadian company with offices coast to coast. The Calgary office was opened in 1948 and under the leadership of Ian Reid, district manager for southern Alberta who has been with the company for 25 years, concentrates on commercial and institutional construction. The Edmonton office focuses more on industrial projects.

Calgary business development manager Larry Tennis says Bird has lots of experience in the building of care facilities including Aspen Lodge for MCF (now known as Silvera for Seniors), the first Wing Kei Care Care Centre on Centre Street North and the under construction 95-bed supportive living Wing Kei Greenview on 35th Avenue N.E. Reid says his Calgary staffof 100 is consistently responsible for about $100 million in revenue each year. Among his impressive list of projects is the Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation at the Banff Centre, the Sweetgrass/Coutts Border Crossing, 28 of the Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement (ASAP) projects, the South Fish Creek Recreation Complex and the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) that performed so well during the flooding.

Bird is collaborating again with EOC's Edmontonbased architect Manasc Isaac to build the new Camrose City Hall, and in Airdrie is building twin arenas at the Genesis Place recreational centre.

Work is expected to begin this month on the new Providence Care Centre to accommodate a planned opening in the spring of 2015 Raymond Currie, executive director of the Father Lacombe Home Society says the Dialog design will provide 160 much-needed rooms.

Of those, 120 will be designated for 'Supportive Living' - for residents with stable and predictable health needs wishing to enjoy privacy and independence with the comfort of knowing health and personal care support is at hand on-site when needed.

Thirty long-term care units will be provided for residents with complex, unpredictable medical needs. The remaining 10 rooms will be funded in partnership with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary for use by retired priests and other clergy.

The original 114-bed Father Lacombe Care Centre was opened in 1966 and future plans call for its replacement when the necessary funding is in place. Funding for the new complex has been supported by $16.2 million from the Alberta Government's Affordable Supportive Living Initiative and the Society established a non-profit registered charitable organization - The Father Lacombe Care Centre Foundation - to raise the remaining $15 million.

Both facilities are owned by the Sisters of Charity of Providence of Western Canada who opened their original Father Lacombe Home in 1910 - which was destroyed by fire in 1999 - where the 82 year-old Father Lacombe was one of its first residents.

Since the first annual Remington Charity Golf Classic was held in 2008 it has raised $1.25 million which certainly makes it the biggest fundraiser for prostate cancer in the country. On Wednesday 136 golfers will enjoy 18 holes at Stewart Creek in Canmore and the target this year is another $310,000 which will be donated in support of the Prostate Cancer Centre at the Rockyview General Hospital.

One of the prizes the top 12 golfers will compete for is a hole-in-one contest that could win them a $567,000 condominium in Quarry Park, a donation of Birchwood Properties.

The 18-storey Verve Block by FRAM+Slokker is under construction in East Village and the developer has kick-started the marketing of the 205,500 square feet of its office complexes by assigning the Calgary office of Jones Lang LaSalle as the exclusive agent.

Phase 1 includes 85,000 square feet of office over three floors above a floor of retail, offers employees the benefits of working amid trendy restaurants and retail and located just two blocks from an LRT station.

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