Bird Construction announced that in a joint venture (CBS JV)vwith Chandos Construction Inc. and M. Sullivan & Son Limited, it has successfully completed the validation phase of the Integrated Project Delivery contract for the Advanced Nuclear Materials Research Centre (ANMRC) for Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL). The approximate project value is over $500 million, and the completion of the validation phase means that the project will now proceed.

Bird previously announced that the CBS JV, which will lead the construction of the project, had been selected as the preferred negotiation proponent for the ANMRC. Bird’s share of the joint venture is 44 per cent or over $220 million and it has been reporting its share of the Project in Pending Backlog.

The ANMRC is considered Canada’s largest IPD project. It will be one of the largest nuclear research facilities ever constructed in Canada, and will enable world-class research in nuclear energy, health, environmental stewardship and global security. Overall, services provided at the ANMRC will be critical to the life extension and long-term reliability of existing reactors, including Canada’s fleet of CANDU nuclear power reactors and other designs deployed around the world.

“After an extensive validation phase, I’m very happy to announce that we have all the necessary organizations in place to move into the next stage of the design and construction of this exciting new research facility,” said Joe McBrearty, CNL’s president and CEO. “The revitalization of the Chalk River campus is designed to position CNL as a world leader in nuclear science and technology, and the ANMRC is at the centre of this vision. It will be constructed using a model where all participants work collaboratively with one another towards the same goals, and which maximizes the economic impact to local businesses.”

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Construction of the ANMRC is part of a 10-year transformation of the Chalk River campus, funded through a $1.2 billion investment from Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, the owner of the site, on behalf of the Government of Canada. This includes the revitalization of essential site infrastructure and a significant investment in new, world-class science facilities.

The project is being delivered using a full IPD model with stringent quality requirements. By implementing Target Value Design to collaboratively understand objectives, constraints, and goals in the development of this facility, the team focused on the overall use of the facility in order to adapt the design to implement cost-effective ways to attain the desired outcomes. Construction of the technically complex research facility is anticipated to be complete in 2026.

“Bird is looking forward to the continued successful collaboration with CNL, and our other IPD partners and stakeholders, to construct this important world class facility,” said Teri McKibbon, President and CEO of Bird. “Bird’s efforts to build strong collaborative contracting expertise have yielded positive results and I am very pleased to see this significant project in a position to move to the next phase. Our focus on maintaining a balanced risk profile in our project portfolio as well as continued diversification and growth through geographic expansion, places Bird in an attractive position to generate strong profitability over the coming years.”

Featured image: The $500 million Advanced Nuclear Materials Research Centre (ANMRC), is a major part of the Chalk River Laboratories revitalization. (CNL)

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