Canadian company Bird Construction has been chosen as the new construction manager for two post-secondary projects.

The projects include the Vancouver Community College Centre for Clean Energy and Automotive Innovation (VCC Centre) and the University of Victoria Engineering Expansion Project.

The combined value of the contracts is approximately C$280m ($205.32m).

Bird CEO and president Teri McKibbon said: “We are excited to be part of these transformative projects that align well with Bird’s purpose of bringing life to vision and creating greatness together.

“With a focus on LEED Gold and net zero carbon-ready designs, these projects exemplify our innovative solutions that drive a lower carbon future.

“Our team in BC has a long history of strong execution on institutional projects and a solid track record in construction management project delivery.”

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The VCC Centre is a 343,832ft² eight-storey facility, which is being developed to provide education and skills training to people in British Columbia.

It is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified energy-efficient facility, with some elements of mass timber.

The facility is expected to accommodate around 1,400 students every year.

In addition, the VCC Centre will offer opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and partnership projects with civic amenities, among others.

The UVIC Engineering Expansion Project will involve two separate academic buildings, notably a six-storey, 68,180ft² Engineering Computer Science Building Expansion and a 20,900ft², two-storey High Bay Research and Structures Laboratory Building.

The entire UVIC expansion project will have a “net zero carbon-ready design”. It will target the LEED Gold certification.

Bird said that both facilities will use maximum mass timber structural elements, such as columns, beams and lateral bracing.

The interior spaces will also be designed with an intentional selection of low-emitting materials and recycled contents to minimise greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint.