|CLIENT:||Fort Nelson First Nation|
|CONSULTANT:||David Nairne and Associates Inc.|
|CONTRACT TYPE:||Stipulated Sum|
|Project SIZE:||1,325 sq. m.|
The new 600-square-metre wellness centre features a centering space, examination and health service rooms and office space. Adjacent to the centre is a 725-square-metre arbour for traditional dances. The arbour is an open-air circular log post and beam ceremonial structure where drum dances and many workshops will take place to ensure the community’s traditions are carried on by its youth.
Bird was committed to working with the Fort Nelson First Nation (FNFN) to build a project that exceeded expectations and emphasized the local culture. During the tender call, Bird made it evident to all potential contractors that the local workforce was to be used whenever possible. In order to expedite the schedule despite the harsh winter climate, Bird self-performed all concrete, rebar, formwork, framing, siding and soffit work alongside many local carpenters and apprentices. During construction, Bird’s priority was to mentor and train local workers. While many of the local workers excelled at their tasks, two local workers in particular received a youth in trade and a best role model award from the North East Advancing Society.
As we continue to work in the small Fort Nelson community, rejuvenating the area with wellness and recreational facilities, including the Northern Rockies Regional Recreation Centre and FNFN lands building, Bird looks forward to future construction opportunities.