Bird Construction has been selected as the preferred proponent to design, build and finance nine Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachments in nine communities.
The provincial government says it will an estimated $182 million to build the detachments in Moosonee, Fort Frances, Hawkesbury, Huron County, West Parry Sound, Manitoulin Island, Mississauga, Marathon and Orillia.
The province says bundling the construction under one project helps save money by getting bulk pricing on materials.
Bird will undertake the design and build and will also own the concession responsible for the financing of the project through subsidiary Bird Capital
“Bird is pleased to be selected as preferred proponent for the delivery of the OPP Modernization Phase 2 project, continuing our strong relationship with the OPP that was established during the Phase 1 project. The OPP Modernization Phase 2 project further establishes Bird as a leader in multi-site P3 projects across Canada,” Ian Boyd, president and CEO of Bird, said in a statement.
Each facility features an administration area for support staff and management, an operational area with offices and evidence storage vaults, a secure functions area with holding cells and interview rooms, and a public admittance area.
Bird is expected to reach financial close in summer of this year with construction expected to commence shortly thereafter.