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The Globe Fall 2015
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FALL 2015 VOLUME THIRTEEN — ISSUE TWO
ONE LEDCOR.
FULLY INTEGRATED.
OUR EXPERTISE IN MANY AREAS ALLOWS US
TO SEE EVERY JOB FROM MANY ANGLES.
As Ledcor has grown over the decades, we’ve made
diversification a key part of how we set ourselves apart.
Diverse industries. Diverse offerings. Diverse projects
and locations. Diverse expertise.
It’s important that new methods for collaboration are
created and practiced as diversification grows so that
in-house experts can share the benefits of their expertise
with the company as a whole.
Our goal has always been to diversify, to expand and
deepen our expertise, yet always remain fully integrated.
We call this strategy One Ledcor.
It benefits our clients on every project, and makes our
relationships simpler, clearer, and more direct.
In this issue of The Globe, we look at one significant project
where One Ledcor is making all of the difference. But the
fact is that you can see it at work in everything we do—
big projects and small projects alike.
Sincerely,
Dave Lede
Chairman & CEO
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FEATURE
FEATURE
MACKENZIE
VALLEY
FIBRE LINK
OIL & GAS
DIVERSE.
UNITED.
19 Grand Rapids Pipeline
20 Hangingstone Expansion
21 Polyethylene 1 Expansion
TRANSPORTATION
BUILDING
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CANARY
DISTRICT
Chevron Central Reliability Center
Industrial Branch Facility
YVR A-B Connector
Canary District
Quintet Phase 2
10th Avenue
Marine Gateway
MNP Tower
Kelly Ramsey Tower
Southern Hills Skilled Nursing Facility
Acura Centre of Saskatoon
22 New Tugboat and Barges Join our Marine Fleet
24 Second Avro Jet for Summit Air
PROPERTIES
24 The Cove Waikiki
COMMUNICATIONS
25 Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link
COMMUNITY
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Hockey Helps Post-Secondary Students
Support for the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation
Canada’s Ten Most Admired Corporate Cultures
One of BC’s Top Employers
AWARDS
28 Silver for Major P3 Project
28 Recognized for Safety at Kearl Oil Sands
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DIVERSE.
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UNITED.
AT SUNCOR’S MASSIVE FORT HILLS OIL SANDS PROJECT,
LEDCOR’S DIVERSITY AND VERTICAL INTEGRATION IS MAKING A
COMPLEX JOB SIMPLER AND MORE EFFICIENT FOR OUR CLIENT.
PROJECT SERVICES
FORT HILLS is a complex
project, and we’re on site
delivering a lot of different
services. Follow the lines to
see how it all comes together.
TRANSPORT
EARTHWORKS
FOUNDATIONS
INDUSTRIAL CONSTRUCTION
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL
PIPELINES
MODULE FABRICATION
COMMUNICATIONS
In northern Alberta, Ledcor is
supporting Suncor Energy in the
development of a new mine that’s
been called one of the top oil sands
assets in the world.
The Fort Hills project is
situated in the Athabasca region,
90 kilometers (56 miles) north of
Fort McMurray. Jointly owned by
Suncor, Total E&P Canada, and Teck
Resources, the open-pit mine is
scheduled to produce first oil
in late 2017.
The scale of this project cannot be
understated. Fort Hills will process
110 million metric tons (121 million
short tons) of oil sand per year,
yielding around 180,000 barrels of
bitumen per day at peak.
Our role in this project is as
diverse as it is wide. We’ve been
on site from the very beginning,
working on everything from the
water supply, to the crew camp, to
the multi-stage extraction systems.
To do that, we’re drawing on
resources, equipment, and expertise
from all over Ledcor.
This high degree of integration
allows Suncor to focus on what they
do best, instead of on managing
multiple contracts and partners.
Once all is said and done, it
will mean simplified logistics,
simplified planning, and better
project outcomes.
Here, we take a closer look at
all of the pieces that are coming
together at Fort Hills. It’s just one
example of how One Ledcor—diverse,
yet united—is out there every day
moving complex projects forward.
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BRINGING IN THE
CREW AND FLEET
While our crews fly into Fort Hills, the
Ledcor-owned fleet of heavy construction
and earthworks equipment also makes
its way to the jobsite. That fleet is
operated and maintained exclusively by
our own employees on the ground.
PROJECT SERVICES
TRANSPORT
EARTHWORKS
FOUNDATIONS
INDUSTRIAL CONSTRUCTION
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL
PIPELINES
MODULE FABRICATION
COMMUNICATIONS
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1. PRE-PROJECT
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FABRICATING THE
COMPONENTS
Just south of Edmonton, in Nisku, Alberta,
we get to work on the fabrication and
assembly of many dozens of modules
and panels destined for Fort Hills. These
modules will end up in everything from
the utilities corridor to the primary
extraction facility.
2. FABRICATION & ASSEMBLY
3. CAMP INFRASTRUCTURE
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BUILDING THE CAMP,
UTILITIES, AND
COMMUNICATIONS
We built a 1,500-bed camp for Suncor’s mine
crews, designed to be expandable in the future
as production is ramped up. It’s a sizable
facility that naturally needs full utilities to
support its residents.
• Water treatment and storage, including
potable water, fire water, and waste
water systems;
• Natural gas conditioning, odorization,
pressure letdown, and distribution;
• Electrical, including natural gas power
generation and power pole installations
for a 13,800-volt system;
• Communications, with over 10 kilometers
(6 miles) of fiber-optic conduit, cabling,
and termination.
4. WATER INTAKE
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SOURCING THE
MINE’S WATER
On the edge of the Athabasca River, we
get to work building the river water intake
facility — first stop in the supply for the
entire mine. The build calls for 5,000 cubic
meters (177,000 cubic feet) of structural
concrete, 100,000 cubic meters (3.5 million
cubic feet) of site grading and excavation,
and 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) of highdensity polyethylene (HDPE) and carbon
steel pipeline, and steel driven piles.
On the other side of Highway 63, the
river water is sent to stop number two: the
raw water pond and wet well. This is the
reservoir for all potable and process water,
with a working capacity of 60,000 cubic
meters (16 million US gallons). We’re taking
care of everything from foundational piles,
to structural concrete, to HDPE and carbon
steel pipelines. The pond itself requires a
bentonite perimeter cut-off, 250,000 cubic
meters (8.8 million cubic feet) of cut-to-fill
material, an HDPE pond liner, and a sump.
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PROJECT SERVICES
5. PIPELINES
6. PRIMARY EXTRACTION
TRANSPORT
EARTHWORKS
FOUNDATIONS
INDUSTRIAL CONSTRUCTION
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL
PIPELINES
MODULE FABRICATION
COMMUNICATIONS
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CONNECTING
IT ALL
Between the water intake, the
utilities, and the mine’s extraction
plants, there are about nine
kilometers (five and a half miles)
of ground to cover.
We’re building the entire pipeline
corridor. It starts with the utility
modules that we fabricate down
in Nisku. Then, up at Fort Hills,
we do the whole installation from
excavation, to bedding, to laying,
to backfill.
All told, the corridor will house
pipelines for natural gas, raw water,
drinking water, wastewater, treated
water, and effluent discharge —
ranging from 10" HDPE to 30"
carbon steel­.
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COMPLETING
THE PRIMARY
EXTRACTION PLANT
When Fort Hills is up and running, oil-sand slurry
will be sent to primary extraction, where two trains
of separation cells start removing the bitumen.
This yields a froth of bitumen, water, and clay.
It’s a big job at the heart of the mine. And
making it all a reality is a big job for our fabrication
crews down in Nisku. They’re responsible for the 47
piperack and process modules that make up much
of the plant, as well as the 57 building panels that
house everything.
The work in the field at Fort Hills is even larger.
Our crews are tackling the mechanical completion
of the plant, which will take around 2,000,000
work-hours. That includes piping, tie-ins, and
equipment installation as well as erection of the
buildings themselves.
GOING FORWARD.
TOGETHER.
7. SECONDARY EXTRACTION
Of course, this is just one snapshot of one of
our projects with Suncor. As a long-term partner,
we’re looking forward to being there, supporting
them, as they continue to build and expand —
at Fort Hills and beyond.
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SECONDARY EXTRACTION,
FROM THE GROUND UP
After primary extraction, bitumen froth is sent
to secondary extraction. That’s where it’s mixed
with solvent and sent through two stages of
counter-current settlers to remove asphaltenes,
sand, and excess water. The bitumen then goes
to a solvent recovery unit; the final product is
marketable bitumen.
To build secondary extraction from the
ground up, we’re working together with Sunlake,
the Canadian subsidiary of SK Engineering &
Construction (SK E&C).
Our focus here is on extensive civil works
in twelve distinct work areas. We’re doing
the excavation and foundations for froth
tanks, bullet vessels, pumphouses, e-houses,
piperacks, and underground sumps and
pipelines. It’s a large civil project, with a
forecast of 500,000 work-hours.
Along the way, we’ll drive 2,733 piles. If lined
up end to end, they would stretch 59 kilometers
(37 miles).
We’ll excavate approximately 260,000 cubic
meters (9.2 million cubic feet) of material, and
complete 305,000 cubic meters (10.8 million
cubic feet) of backfill.
We’ll install over five kilometers (three miles)
of carbon steel and HDPE pipe.
And we’ll pour 21,000 cubic meters (742,000
cubic feet) of structural concrete, 17,500 cubic
meters (618,000 cubic feet) of lightweight
cellular concrete, and 19,000 square meters
(205,000 square feet) of concrete paving.
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BUILDING
CHEVRON CENTRAL RELIABILITY CENTER
CHEVRON PROJECTS COMPANY
EL SEGUNDO, CALIFORNIA. This office
and training facility is located in
the heart of the Chevron El Segundo
Refinery, requiring special care
to adhere to the refinery’s strict
safety culture.
In fact, our safety excellence
on the project earned us Chevron’s
2013 and 2014 Gold Star Award; the
highest safety award a contractor
can achieve.
The facility includes a structural
steel two-story office building
with an attached pre-engineered
one-story full-service cafeteria and
kitchen, for a total building area of
about 7,600 square meters (81,800
square feet).
Since 2004, Ledcor has worked
together with Chevron on over 80
light industrial construction projects
across North America.
BUILDING
INDUSTRIAL BRANCH FACILITY
ACKLANDS-GRAINGER
FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA.
This new facility for AcklandsGrainger — Canada’s largest
distributor of industrial, safety,
and fastener products — includes a
warehouse, office space, showroom,
wash bay, and mezzanine.
At 10,000 square meters
(110,000 square feet), the designbuild project is the largest branch
facility to date for Acklands and
was designed to be attractive and
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cost-effective within a challenging
northern climate. The project
utilized Canams’ Murox system
that was prefabricated in Quebec
and shipped to site to build within
the narrow building cycle in
northern Alberta.
Construction was completed
in February 2015 and received full
occupancy on March 11, opening to
the public on March 30th.
BUILDING
YVR A-B CONNECTOR
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY
RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA. This multi-phased project
includes demolition, renovation, and a new extension
to the south end of the Vancouver International Airport
(YVR) Domestic Terminal Building.
We wrapped up the initial phases of the project
with the official opening of the expanded domestic
terminal, known as the A-B Connector, on January 13.
The expansion created a centralized circulation hub,
improving passenger flow, and providing a wide range
of new facilities including dining and shopping options.
The new four-story structure features an enclosed
baggage handling hall with an expedited baggage system.
The project also added four new apron-drive passenger
bridges, creating more space for boarding passengers.
The building’s design celebrates British Columbia’s interior
and is anchored by a contemporary art piece: The Rivers
Monument, by artist Marianne Nicolson.
Now in the final phases of the project, we are
continuing to work on seismic upgrades, Level Two
arrivals, and a tie-in to Pier A. This work is scheduled
for completion in winter 2015.
To accommodate the daily operations of an airport
that hosts 17 million passengers a year, Ledcor
works closely with the YVR Airport Authority to
maintain security, scheduling, and passenger access
around the clock.
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BUILDING
CANARY
DISTRICT
DUNDEE KILMER DEVELOPMENTS
TORONTO, ONTARIO. This summer, the city’s newest
neighborhood, the Canary District, welcomed over 10,000
athletes and officials for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/
Parapan Am Games.
Completed five months before the athletes were
set to arrive, the award-winning village will be converted
after the games into a mixed-use community with
affordable housing, market condominiums, retail, and
George Brown College’s first student residence. It will
also feature a YMCA and a new streetcar line adjacent to
the seven-hectare (18-acre) Corktown Common park.
Ledcor formed a joint venture with EllisDon to
construct the project, which was designed by an
integrated team to target LEED Gold standards. The
project has completely transformed a long-disused
section of the formerly industrial West Don Lands.
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BUILDING
QUINTET PHASE 2
CANADA SUNRISE DEVELOPMENT CORP.
RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA. Phase two of
construction is now underway on Quintet, a multi-tower
condominium development south of Vancouver. When
finished, the development will boast five residential
towers, each 14 to 16 stories, over four stories of parking,
along with ground-floor retail space.
Totaling nearly 71,000 square meters (762,000
square feet), Quintet will also house a Trinity Western
University satellite campus and a City of Richmond
community center (both of which Ledcor has also been
retained to build). On the roof of the central parking
garage, an innovative above-ground private park will
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connect all five towers and feature landscaped gardens,
ponds, and canals in the heart of the city.
Richmond is situated on a river delta with a high
water table, so the entire development site has been
covered by a raft-slab foundation that is 1.7 meters
(66 inches) thick in places. To keep the water table low
during construction, we rely on dewatering equipment
to pump out as much as 15,000 liters (4,000 gallons)
per minute.
Throughout construction of the concrete structure,
four tower cranes were working on site, as well as
additional mobile cranes as required.
BUILDING
10TH
AVENUE
ALBARI HOLDINGS & WAM
DEVELOPMENT GROUP
CALGARY, ALBERTA. Located in
the western end of the vibrant,
mixed-use Beltline area, this large
residential project is ideally situated
close to the best urban amenities
the city has to offer.
With 444 rental suites spread
across one 19-floor tower and one
36-floor tower, the development
is targeting LEED certification.
A three-story podium joins the
two towers, which will be home
to commercial space as well a
gymnasium, yoga studio, and
common room for residents.
Completion is scheduled for
late fall 2016.
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BUILDING
MARINE GATEWAY
PCI DEVELOPMENTS CORP.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA. Slated for completion in
October 2015, Marine Gateway is a mixed-use community
fully integrated with the Metro Vancouver transit system
and designed to meet LEED Gold standards.
Totaling 140,000 square meters (1.5 million square
feet), the development includes a twenty-floor office
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tower with green roofs and accessible landscaped
terraces on three floors, a 461-unit residential tower,
and a three-level podium with commercial facilities.
Those facilities include a fitness center, a supermarket,
restaurants, banks, medical services and an 11-screen
movie theater.
BUILDING
MNP TOWER
OXFORD PROPERTIES GROUP
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA.
We will soon be completing
construction on this dramatic
and modern AAA office tower in
downtown Vancouver. Designed by
the world-renowned architectural
firm Kohn Pederson Fox, the
MNP Tower rises 36 stories with
a waterfront view, connecting
seamlessly with the neighboring
Guinness Tower.
The technically challenging
build included curved and shingled
glazing, preservation of the
heritage facade of the University
Club at ground level, and multiple
connections and renovations to
surrounding buildings on a complex
and tight site. MNP Tower is
targeting LEED Gold Core and Shell
designation.
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BUILDING
KELLY RAMSEY
TOWER
PANGMAN DEVELOPMENT & KELLY RAMSEY LP
EDMONTON, ALBERTA. Located in the downtown core,
this 26-story office tower with a four-story podium
includes original brick and limestone facades from two
historical buildings on the project site.
The building facades were carefully dismantled
piece-by-piece, then cataloged and stored off-site to be
reapplied to the new podium.
Many of the original windows will be replaced with
modern, energy-efficient replicas. It’s one part of the
strategy to help the development meet LEED Gold
standards.
Ledcor is acting as the construction manager on this
project, working on an aggressive timeline to meet lease
agreements with future tenants. BIM technology is
being used throughout design and construction, which
allows for tighter collaboration and a full 3D schedule of
every stage of the project.
Completion is scheduled for October 2016.
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BUILDING
SOUTHERN HILLS
SKILLED NURSING
FACILITY
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA. In January 2015, we completed
Southern Hills Skilled Nursing Facility. At 6,400 square
meters (69,000 square feet) and 120 beds, it is one of
the largest skilled nursing facilities in Nevada. In fact, it
is nearly twice the size of typical skilled nursing facilities.
This was our first project with this client, and we now
have five similar projects across the Southwestern U.S.
BUILDING
ACURA CENTRE
OF SASKATOON
FFUN ENTERPRISES
SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN. This Acura dealership was
a fast-track design-build project, with just 14 months
from first design meeting to substantial performance.
Working closely with the local owner’s rep and
Omniplan Automotive Retail Facility Planners, we had to
navigate several challenges including phased permitting,
a high water table, and difficult winter conditions.
Referencing his experience in the construction of
over 30 dealerships, the local owner’s rep commented
that this was the smoothest project he had ever
collaborated on.
The dealership consists of over 1,100 square meters
(12,600 square feet) of steel-frame showroom and
offices and an additional 800 square meters (8,500
square feet) of pre-engineered shop area.
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OIL & GAS
GRAND RAPIDS PIPELINE
TRANSCANADA CORPORATION
WEST ATHABASCA TO EDMONTON, ALBERTA.
Work continues on a four-year pipeline project for
TransCanada that will connect the west Athabasca oil
sands to the Edmonton area, about 460 kilometers
(286 miles) away.
Started in late 2013, the Grand Rapids Pipeline (GRP)
project is a dual-pipeline system that will transport both
blended crude bitumen (dilbit) and diluent.
In total, Ledcor is responsible for constructing about
850 kilometers (528 miles) of new pipeline from the
northern MacKay Terminal to the Heartland Terminal
near Fort Saskatchewan. This past winter, our crews
were focused on a critical segment near Wandering
River, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of
Fort McMurray.
TransCanada has been a client of Ledcor for many
years; our strong relationship with the company and our
exemplary safety record on pipeline projects were both
key factors in being selected for the contract.
At the peak of the project, we will have up to 1,200
people working with the two pipeline spreads and will
be bringing in up to $150 million of new equipment.
The GRP is expected to go into service in stages, starting
with dilbit service in mid-2016. Ultimately, the full
system will be able to move up to 900,000 barrels per
day of dilbit and 330,000 barrels per day of diluent.
It’s scheduled for completion in 2017.
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OIL & GAS
HANGINGSTONE EXPANSION
BANTREL
NISKU, ALBERTA. We recently completed a module
fabrication and assembly contract as a part of the
expansion of the Hangingstone oil sands project,
located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of
Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Hangingstone is jointly owned by Japan Canada Oil
Sands Limited and Nexen Energy. Bantrel is providing
the engineering, procurement, and construction services
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for the expansion, which will see the development
of upstream production and processing facilities to
support a bitumen capacity of 20,000 barrels per day,
expandable to 30,000 barrels per day.
Our work included fabrication and assembly of 17
well-control modules and steam letdown stations, five
drain stations, and four valve skids. Up to 450 people
worked on this project at our Nisku fabrication facility.
OIL & GAS
POLYETHYLENE 1 EXPANSION
NOVA CHEMICALS CORPORATION
JOFFRE, ALBERTA. We are entering into the final stages
of a major expansion of NOVA Chemicals’ manufacturing
facility just east of Red Deer, Alberta.
This is one of the largest production complexes of its
kind in the world, producing over 2.7 billion kilograms
(six billion pounds) of ethylene and nearly 1.1 billion
kilograms (2.5 billion pounds) of polyethylene annually.
The expansion will add a single-train, linear lowdensity-polyethylene unit, increasing capacity by 431
million kilograms (950 million pounds) per year. Ledcor’s
work also includes off-site pipe fabrication and assembly
of piperack modules.
Site mobilization began in June of 2013. The project
will call for an estimated 2.5 million work hours in total,
with project completion forecast for Spring 2016. The
workforce will peak in late summer 2015, and is expected
to exceed 700 Ledcor personnel.
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TRANSPORTATION
NEW TUGBOAT AND BARGES
JOIN OUR MARINE FLEET
LEDCOR MARINE
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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA. Thanks to three
recent additions to our marine fleet, Ledcor continues
to cement our position as one of the largest marine
operations serving natural resources and industrial
customers in southwest BC.
We recently took possession of two new 80 meter
flat-deck heavy cargo barges, equipped with a deck strength
of over 14,650 kilograms per square meter (3,000 pounds
per square foot). Designed for versatility, the barges can
accommodate bulk commodities, containers, equipment
modules, and construction materials.
We also acquired a 1,200-horsepower tugboat,
christened the “Bill Ledcor”, which is capable of tandem
towing our larger 80 meter (263 foot) barges. It will be
primarily deployed in the Fraser River supporting current
operational demand.
The arrival of the new barges and tug supports
continued rapid growth for Ledcor’s Marine Division,
which, including these three new assets, will add a total
of three tugboats and eight barges to its current fleet of
six tugboats and 15 barges within the coming year.
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TRANSPORTATION
SECOND AVRO JET FOR SUMMIT AIR
SUMMIT AIR
YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST
TERRITORIES. Ledcor’s Summit Air
has announced the purchase of a
second Avro jet to meet demand in
Canada’s North.
With the delivery of the jet
in spring of 2015, Summit Air is
uniquely equipped to move work
crews between remote, high-value
project sites and major population
centers like Edmonton, Calgary,
Vancouver, and Toronto.
The Avro RJ85 is a 100-seat,
short-haul passenger jet, offering
modern, efficient operations on
flights up to 2,800 kilometers
(1,500 nautical miles).
In addition to the Avro jets,
Summit Air operates a fleet of
helicopters and other fixed-wing
aircraft throughout Alberta, British
Columbia, Northwest and Yukon
Territories.
PROPERTIES
THE COVE WAIKIKI
LEDCOR PROPERTIES &
US PACIFIC
HONOLULU, HAWAII. The Cove
Waikiki is Hawaii’s newest residential
development for those who want
to live in the heart of Waikiki. This
intimate, mid-rise community
offers sophisticated, contemporary
residences near world-class shopping,
schools, beaches and parks.
Developed and built by Ledcor
in partnership with US Pacific, the
project broke ground in February
2013. All 117 units were pre-sold by
February 2014, with an average sale
price of $500,000.
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COMMUNICATIONS
MACKENZIE VALLEY
FIBRE LINK
GOVERNMENT OF THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
MACKENZIE VALLEY & BEAUFORT
DELTA, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES.
The Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link
(MVFL) project is a Government of
the Northwest Territories (GNWT)
initiative to provide state-of-theart fiber optic telecommunications
for communities in the Mackenzie
Valley and Beaufort Delta regions.
This project will be a major
infrastructure milestone for
Canada’s North, connecting several
remote communities to Canada’s
existing high-speed fiber grid.
The Northern Lights Fibre
Consortium — a partnership
between Ledcor and Northwestel —
was selected in late 2014 by the
GNWT to design, build, finance,
operate and maintain the
system, following a multi-year
procurement process.
The current phase of the MVFL
project involves the installation
of 1,154 kilometers (717 miles)
of high-speed fiber optic
telecommunications cable from
McGill Lake in the south to Inuvik
in the north. Beginning in early
2015, the construction phase will
take place over two winters and
one summer season. Following the
completion of MVFL’s construction
phase, network commissioning will
take place in August 2016.
When completed, the MVFL
system will facilitate improved
delivery of health, education,
business opportunities, and social
services to remote communities in
the Northwest Territories. Seven
communities will be served directly
by the project, with possible
future access to an additional five
communities in the region using
microwave systems to connect with
the MVFL system.
Additionally, the MVFL project
will support further expansion of
the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility
(ISSF) by its international partners,
positioning the facility as one of
the leading sites for tracking and
receiving real-time data from
polar-orbiting satellites used
for scientific, mapping, weather
surveillance, and other purposes.
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COMMUNITY
HOCKEY HELPS POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS
KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA. 130 enthusiastic amateur
hockey players came together for a charity tournament
to raise funds for post-secondary scholarships.
Ledcor hosted the 10th Annual Korol Cup Hockey
Challenge once again, with volunteers and participants
drawn from across Ledcor and from our industry
partners. Thanks in part to a corporate donation match,
this year’s tournament raised $58,000 for the Korol
Endowment Funds. Participation in the event has tripled
since its inception.
The tournament and endowment are named in honor
of Trevor Korol, who was at the beginning of a promising
career at Ledcor when a plane crash claimed his life in
2008. To date, we have provided scholarships for more
than two dozen students at three western Canadian
institutions: NAIT in Edmonton, SAIT Polytechnic in
Calgary, and BCIT in Vancouver.
Congratulations to Team White who took home the
2014 championship.
SUPPORT FOR THE
NEVADA BLIND
CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA. Thanks to the generosity of our
team in Las Vegas, Ledcor recently presented the
Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (NBCF) with a
$10,000 contribution to help meet the unique needs of
blind and visually impaired infants and children.
The NBCF’s ultimate goal is to build Nevada’s first
school for the blind. Today, the foundation offers free
educational services that include tutoring, assistive
technology, recreational activities, education for parents,
peer-to-peer relationship building, and a braille library.
“We are incredibly grateful to Ledcor for its ongoing
support,” said NBCF CEO Emily Smith. “We look forward
to using funds from the company’s donation to continue
helping Nevada’s blind and visually impaired children
reach their full potential.”
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AWARDS
CANADA’S TEN MOST ADMIRED
CORPORATE CULTURES
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO. We are proud to be recognized
for the second time as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired
Corporate Cultures of 2014.
Canada’s 10 program was created by executive search
firm Waterstone Human Capital to distinguish great
workplaces where culture impacts performance. Winning
organizations are selected by a panel of experts based
on six criteria: vision and leadership; recruitment and
hiring; cultural alignment and measurement; retention,
rewards and recognition; organizational performance;
and corporate social responsibility. Winning companies
are eligible for nomination every three years.
Marty Parker, CEO of Waterstone and Chair of the
awards program, explained the significance of the win.
“Ledcor won in 2011, and since that time have
sustained continued growth and retention of top talent
in an incredibly difficult labor market,” said Parker.
“Since their last win, Ledcor has seen amazing financial
results and have nearly doubled in size, while employee
engagement scores have continued to increase… We are
thrilled to have them included again in 2014.”
ONE OF BC’S TOP
EMPLOYERS
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA. We are very proud to
be recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers for the sixth
year running.
Awarded by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers
program, the annual competition recognizes companies
that lead their industries in offering exceptional places
to work. A range of criteria are considered, including
employee benefits, skills development, community
involvement, and work atmosphere.
This year’s winners were announced in a special
magazine published by The Vancouver Sun on January 30.
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AWARDS
SILVER FOR MAJOR P3 PROJECT
TORONTO, ONTARIO. In November 2014, we were honored
to receive the Silver Award for Infrastructure at the 17th
Annual Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
(CCPPP) conference.
The council gave us and our consortium partners
the award in recognition of the South Fraser Perimeter
Road (SFPR) in Metro Vancouver, a $1.3 billion highway
that remains one of Ledcor’s largest civil construction
projects to date.
A new addition to British Columbia’s Highway 17, the
SFPR is a 34 kilometer (21 mile) four-lane expressway
built by the Fraser Transportation Group consortium,
with Ledcor as one of the key contractors. The project
was completed for the British Columbia Ministry of
Transportation & Infrastructure in late 2013.
RECOGNIZED FOR SAFETY
AT KEARL OIL SANDS
FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA. Ledcor has been recognized
by our clients for our exemplary safety performance on
the Kearl Oil Sands Project in northern Alberta.
Kearl is jointly owned by Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil
Canada and is one of Canada’s largest open-pit mining
operations. Senior representatives from both companies
recognized our team as a whole for safety performance
and culture, and also honored Craig Boyd, Brendan
Eggen, and Shannon Basso with individual awards for
safety leadership.
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PEOPLE. LEDCOR IS PLEASED
TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING
SENIOR MANAGEMENT
PROMOTIONS AND HIRES
AUSTIN
VANCOUVER
Trent Edwards
SVP, US Operations, LTS
Russell C. Zirnhelt
Vice President, Treasury
EDMONTON
John Kump
Chief Administration Officer
Bob Schneider
VP, Bus. Technology Services
Jody Sveistrup
Vice President, Finance
Ledcor Contractors
Bill Koehn
Vice President,
Ledcor Contractors
Iain Morris
Senior Vice President,
Ledcor Pipeline
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