Building meaningful partnerships with Indigenous communities has long been a foundation of how ATCO does business. Our organization enjoys more than 40 joint-venture partnerships, Memorandums of Understanding and many other long-lasting relationships with Indigenous communities, some dating back more than 25 years. We are committed to building healthy, vibrant communities, even in the most remote locations. To do this, ATCO’s Sustainable Communities business was launched four years ago and has gone on to supply many distant and growing communities with important infrastructure to allow their residents to enjoy the comforts of a modern community.
ATCO’s Sustainable Communities business provides a full range of pre-fabricated building solutions for Indigenous and other remote communities. Capable of designing and building entire communities, the group has worked on a diverse range of projects since it was created, ranging from offices, schools and day care centres to residential housing, hockey arenas and gas stations.
To celebrate this milestone, we look back on four of ATCO’s most impressive Sustainable Communities projects as it celebrates four years of excellence:
Piikani Nation Multiplex Sports Centre – Construction underway
The largest project in Sustainable Communities’ history — the Piikani Nation’s 36,000 sq. ft. Multiplex Sports Centre in Brocket, Alberta — was initiated in 2015. The new facility will include an ice rink, dressing rooms and concession, along with community meeting spaces and offices. The centre is being constructed using an innovative approach that combines ATCO modular units for the dressing rooms and offices, inside an engineered membrane arena.
Salt River Gas Station & Convenience Store - 2015
Built in just three months, the Salt River Gas Station and Convenience Store showcased the speed and efficiency that ATCO is famous for. In Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Sustainable Communities partnered with the Salt River First Nation
to construct a 3,100 sq. ft. modular facility that includes a well-appointed gas station, convenience store, and office space designed for commercial tenants. The company has grown its expertise in recent years, partnering with recognized national brands to deliver innovative building solutions.
Aq’amnik Education Centre - 2012
Another early project for ATCO’s Sustainable Communities business, the 10,000 sq. ft. Aq’amnik Education Centre
, located six km north of Cranbrook, British Columbia, was designed and built with input from the St. Mary’s Band. The state-of-the-art facility could accommodate 100 students from Kindergarten to Grade 7. It includes six classrooms, a multi-purpose room that serves as a library and a music room, a First Aid room, as well as staff rooms and a kitchen. It also featured a biofuel district heating system that burns wood chips - the first of its kind in the area.
George Gordon Childcare Facility - 2012
Developed through two years of extensive community engagement and opened in 2012, the 4,500 sq. ft. George Gordon Childcare Facility
was Sustainable Communities’ first project. Delivered in four large pre-fabricated modules and installed over the course of two weeks, the facility featured modern systems, child-sized amenities, baby change stations and bright, spacious learning rooms. Prior to the building’s construction, daycare services with capacity for only 22 children and the Aboriginal Head Start early learning program were housed in small, repurposed buildings.
ATCO is proud of our employees who have dedicated themselves to fostering strong relationships with our Indigenous partners and helping them to build affordable, culturally sensitive community infrastructure in remote locations across the country.
We look forward to building strong, vibrant communities with many more Indigenous partners in the years to come. Learn more
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