Bird Construction has Projects across Calgary

As originally seen in the Calgary Herald: 

Concerns about Calgary's economy don't seem to have affected our construction industry, and confidence in our future has certainly attracted developers from the Vancouver area.

Bussi, Bosa, Beedie and Hungerford are bullish about investing in this city. Yet the number of cranes hovering over our skyline on so many current projects may be flying off somewhere else in the next couple of years unless the purse strings are opened to get some more big developments underway. A new cancer centre, convention centre and - dare I say- a new hockey arena and football stadium would be a big boost.

But for the rest of this year contractors are going to be kept busy. A good example is Bird Construction, which has a number of interesting projects on its books.

One of the leading contractors in Canada with offices coast to coast, it was founded in Moose Jaw in 1920 and incorporated in 1930, expanding into Alberta in 1948. One of its Calgary claims to fame is being the builder of the Stampede Corral that same year.

Today the Calgary office has a staff of 100 led by district manager Ian Reid. Edmonton-born Reid began his construction career in the carpenter apprenticeship program at SAlT Polytechnic and after a number of jobs in the Calgary construction industry joined Bird in 1989 as a foreman. He progressed through the company as site superintendent, project manager and assistant general manager before being appointed to his current position on 2004.

Reid has seen the local office take on many exciting structures. Currently he is quite proud to be selected by Brookfield as contractor for its Seton Professional Centre. Cranes are up on the site just to the south of the South Health Campus in the new district of Seton.

Designed by Gibbs Gage Architects, it is a three-storey office block offering 100,000 square feet of LEED standard space above 211 underground parking stalls. Brookfield Commercial vice-president Elton Ma says he expects many of the tenants will be medical related, which means a need for more parking than usual. Another 41 stalls will be at grade and another 118 will be built on a structure above them.

Sixty per cent of the building is already leased for a fall 2016 opening. EFW Technology has contracted to take 36,000 square feet in the east building of the centre, a walk-in clinic is taking 16,000 square feet and a dental group another 3,000 square feet.

Seton Professional Centre is the first office building to be built in Seton, a seniors home is also under construction and the second phase of retail is about to begin.

Bird crews are also well underway with the construction of the new Quarry Park Recreational Centre, designed by GEC Architects. It includes a YMCA and a 10,000-square-foot public library branch.

The first Wing Kei Care Centre on Centre Street North' was built by Bird and it is also working with the same architect, IBI Group, in building the second seniors home in Greenview district just to the west of Edmonton Trail N.E. that will be ready to welcome 95 seniors later this month.

Also on the north side of the river, Bird is building a new high school in the northeast, complete with an aircraft hanger, and has commenced construction on a new city fire hall in Royal Vista.

The province is divided by building types, with the Edmonton office responsible for industrial buildings, while Calgary handles commercial, retail and other non-industrial projects. So Calgary is building the new 45,000-square-foot Camrose City Hall designed by Edmonton based Manasc Isaac Architects.

A busy year for Reid and his staff. Let's trust that 2016 will be too.
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