Finn Way General Contractor has received a contract to construct a new Administration and Visitor Centre at the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) in Nipigon, Ontario, Canada.

The local company secured the contract following a competitive bidding process. 

Awarded by the Government of Canada the contract is valued at more than C$37m ($27.53m). 

The project is part of a nationwide initiative to make what is said to be the world’s largest freshwater-protected area more accessible to the public. 

Environment and Climate Change and Parks Canada Minister Steven Guilbeault, alongside Indigenous Services and Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario Minister Patty Hajdu, announced the national funding for this project.  

Hajdu said: “Today’s milestone is an important next step for the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area! This federal investment will create a permanent space to welcome visitors to our region which will also serve as the first Parks Canada building to be built to Passive House Plus certification.  

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“This project is an exciting blend of conservation, economic development through tourism, and sustainable design. I can’t wait to see the space!” 

The project is being funded in part by the Government of Canada’s C$557m Parks Canada initiative.

The building is being designed for a 100-year service life, ensuring reduced maintenance and energy needs for long-term sustainability. 

The centre will be constructed using green practices such as sustainable material selection, a super-insulated envelope, optimised site orientation, and on-site energy generation.  

The NMCA’s Administration and Visitor Centre is expected to open in 2026. 

The contract outlines initiatives to create employment opportunities and engage suppliers and contractors from local Indigenous Canadian communities.