Surmont Regional Residence

By implementing an innovative Northern Affairs program for the Surmont Regional Residence project, we’re helping our client meet its commitment to employing local and First Nations workers.

In 2008, we were contracted to build, own, operate and maintain a 153-room accommodation facility for the first phase of our client’s oil sands project in the Wood Buffalo region of Alberta, Canada. The facility includes a 60-seat dining hall, kitchen, recreation hall, guest services office and fitness centre.

Thanks to our excellent service record and strong client relationship, we won another contract in 2010, this time to build, operate and maintain a construction lodge for the second phase of the project. Today, it consists of nearly 3,800 rooms and support facilities, including a 1,000-seat dining hall and kitchen, six lounges, a 1,000-person boot room, a first-aid room and an innovative multi-sport complex with cardio and fitness studios. Additional support facilities include maintenance shops, health and safety offices, a wastewater treatment plant and a potable water treatment plant.

Supporting local employment

SNC-Lavalin implemented an innovative Northern Affairs program to work with local Aboriginal businesses and hire Aboriginal labour and subcontractors. In this way, we’re supporting our client’s commitment to employing local and First Nations people, and ensuring that the project brings prosperity to the surrounding communities.

Finding sustainable solutions for our client

To operate the facility sustainably, we looked for ways to reduce costs while protecting the environment. We came up with various cost-effective solutions, such as a recycling program that diverts 60% to 70% of waste into other uses. Our achievements also include an outstanding safety record of more than three million person-hours without a lost-time incident. Combined, these factors contribute significantly to our client’s sustainability record.

 Sustainability achievements:

  • We supported our client’s sustainability record by diverting up to 70% of site waste.
  • We implemented an innovative Northern Affairs program to work with Aboriginal labour and subcontractors.

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