ATCO Structures & Logistics has been awarded a contract to design and build a 1,500-person workforce housing facility for Rio Tinto Alcan. The Kitimat Modernisation Project (KMP) Construction Village will provide accommodation and amenities to workers at Rio Tinto Alcan’s smelter modernisation project in Kitimat, BC. The contract was awarded by Bechtel, the engineering firm hired by Rio Tinto Alcan to oversee the project.

“This is a significant project for the Kitimat community and we are pleased that ATCO has been chosen to provide accommodation facilities for this world-class project,” said Harry Wilmot, President & Chief Operating Officer, ATCO Structures & Logistics. “As part of our commitment to working with the local community, ATCO has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Haisla Nation that will result in direct benefits for the Haisla community.”

Phase One of the KMP Construction Village will be built in 2011 and will house up to 500 people. The modular units, which have been designed to meet Kitimat’s heavy snow loads, will be built at ATCO Structures & Logistics’ manufacturing plant in Calgary and transported to Kitimat. When completed, the Kitimat Construction Village will include comfortable sleeping quarters with TVs and internet connectivity, a kitchen, dining room, laundry area and a recreation complex, including a gym and meeting areas.

ATCO Structures & Logistics offers modular buildings and operational support solutions worldwide. With manufacturing facilities in North America, South America and Australia, and operations on five continents, the company has the expertise to deliver a rapid, turnkey solution anywhere it is needed.

ATCO Structures & Logistics is part of the ATCO Group of Companies. ATCO Group, with more than 7,700 employees and assets of approximately $10 billion, delivers service excellence and innovative business solutions worldwide with leading companies engaged in Utilities (pipelines, natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution), Energy (power generation, natural gas gathering, processing, storage and liquids extraction), Structures & Logistics (manufacturing, logistics and noise abatement) and Technologies (business systems solutions).