SASKATCHEWAN – Atco Structures & Logistics has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to design, build and operate a 2,586-person housing lodge for BHP Billiton’s Jansen potash project 100 km north of Regina. Atco did not say what the value of the contract is, but it is believed to be roughly $350 million.
The accommodation features high-end amenities including two pre-engineered buildings, a 1,850 m3 sports complex with gymnasium, squash courts, weight room, and a raised running track that overlooks the gym. A recreational director will organize fitness programs, according to Atco. A separate pre-engineered building will house a 200-seat movie theatre.
The core building includes a 1,200-person dining room, a separate private dining area, lounge, library, convenience store, medical centre, and full laundry service. Fireplaces located throughout the facility will provide a warm, comfortable setting. The two-storey accommodation wings feature bedrooms with private washrooms. Each room will include a flat screen TV, phone and wireless Internet capabilities. The first phase, comprising 500 rooms, will be operational in October 2012 with completion of the entire camp and facilities scheduled for mid-2013.
To help deliver components of this agreement, Atco has partnered with Aboriginal groups in the Touchwood Hills area of Saskatchewan, including the George Gordon First Nation, Day Star First Nation, and Kawacatoose First Nation. An employment and training centre will be established on First Nation traditional territory.
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