Penticton to build Olympic buildings

A little Olympic glory has come to the Okanagan.

A Penticton modular building company, Britco, has successful negotiated a contract to construct buildings for the 2010 games.

Chris Gardner, director of planning and corporate development, says they will be building several different buildings for the games.

“Under the terms of the contract, Britco will design and build a 100-room lodge and a 20-unit townhouse complex, both to be permanently located in the Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village, a development being undertaken by the Resort Municipality of Whistler in collaboration with VANOC. Britco will also supply temporary rooms to accommodate up to 690 team officials staying in the Whistler Athletes’ Centre,“ says Gardner.

He says manufacturing of the buildings will start in May.

“The contract’s estimated value is approximately $32 million and the projects will provide upwards of 200,000 labour hours of work for Britco’s employees at our two BC plants in Agassiz and Penticton along with Britco’s workers in the Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village.”

Gardner says the buildings will be created to met LED Silver standards of environmental sustainability.

“Getting the contract was a very vigorous process. We had to make sure we understood exactly what the VANOC committee wanted in terms of maintaining a greener building site. With modular building, there is less material waste and fewer trucks going back and forth from the site.”

He says they weren’t told about the progress of other applicants for the contract.

“We started the process over a year ago and were finally able to sign the contract on December 6. Everyone is so excited to be working on this project. It will be an excellent way to showcase to the world the skills of B.C. workers.”

Gardner says they will be looking to hire more workers in Penticton to help build the Olympic buildings.

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