Written by; Chad Simco / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Mon Aug 08 2011
The Northwest Ontario economy is already seeing positive growth due to the $247 Million (CAD) construction of the new Thunder Bay Superior and Ontario Courts of Justice building. A multitude of various construction trades and local contracting companies will enjoy the burst of new job opportunities for this estimated three year long construction project.
Harold Lindstrom, the manager of the Construction Association of Thunder Bay, stated that the majority of the workforce will be local and the city itself will see positive benefits in the process.
He continued, there will be employment opportunities for all kinds of trades including electricians, plumbers, concrete masons, painters, sheet metal workers, heavy equipment operators, and flooring tradesmen.
The construction of this seven storey building will be located in Thunder Bay's south city core between Archibald and Brodie street. Construction began in February of 2011 and is slated for completion by the end of 2013. It is estimated that over 200 various construction workers will be hired and contributing to the project.
Bird Design-Build Construction Inc., has been awarded as the General Contractor for the project and will be responsible for the hiring of all sub-trades for the project and the LEED Silver program will be utilized.
Thunder Bay's downtown appearance will see a beautiful and stylish make-over as the new modernized Courthouses will contain a large upscale glazed atrium.
Other building features will include; four conference suites, fifteen courtrooms, infrared hearing assistance and barrier free witness and jury stands.
Thus far there have been no obstacles or challenges with the excavation and preparation of demolishing five buildings and two parking lots to make room for the new courthouse building.
At this stage of construction there are currently forty local Thunder Bay workers being employed full time.
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