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Bird Construction Inc: How The Company Gained a $2.3 Billion Sales Revenue

Bird Construction Inc. is a Canadian-based general contractor construction company that has been in business for over 100 years. It has grown from a small partnership based in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, to one of Canada's leading construction companies with offices from coast to coast. 

The expansion of the Bird Corporation over the years is an inspiring success story. Let's look at one of Canada's leading construction companies and the proper practices that have led them to their success.

Business Diversification

One of the driving factors for Bird Industries' profitability is the diverse market of company operations coupled with the purchase of two reputable companies (Stuart Olson and Dagmar) that allow Bird to expand their capabilities.

  • Industrial

As one of Bird's largest sectors, industry-related projects contributed 41% of combined revenues in 2021. This success is due to Bird's extensive experience with large and complex projects, including nuclear power development, renewable energy mining, oil, gas, LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), and wastewater management.

In addition, they also provide maintenance services capable of addressing civil services and facilities maintenance projects. These added abilities allow Bird to serve a broader range of clients. Due to its successes in the industrial contracting industry, it can now provide industrial maintenance services to clients in more expansive geographic locations.

These extensive skills were further augmented through Bird's acquisition of Stuart Olson in 2020, allowing Bird to offer services like off-site metal and modular fabrication. Moreover, the Bird corporation can now self-perform asbestos abatement, insulation, metal siding/cladding, and ductwork. Lastly, high-voltage testing, commissioning, and powerline construction are now well within Bird's capabilities, thanks to mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation abilities provided by Stuart Olson's previous experience on the matter.

  • Infrastructure

Bird provides a comprehensive portfolio of civil engineering services ranging from earthworks, site preparation, underground piping, foundation, and other concrete services. 

Bird's acquisition of Dagmar Construction Inc. on Sept. 1, 2021, expanded these capabilities further to include self-performing bridge, rail, and road management and even includes installing underground utilities. Moreover, the acquisition provides an excellent opportunity to make inroads into the lucrative Ontario market. This market has enabled greater investment diversification and improved its position in the construction market on a national scale. 

  • Institutional, Commercial, and Residential

The third market that Bird Construction specializes in is the institutional sector. This specialization allows Bird to participate in constructing and renovating schools, universities, hospitals, courts, prisons, and government buildings. The residential aspect of the business encompasses remodeling and constructing office blocks, shopping centers, large stores, hotels, and selected mid/high-rise housing complexes. 

With a vast background in these markets, Bird has established its credibility by constructing vertical elements and overseeing transportation-related projects. 

  • Commercial Systems

Bird is one of the largest Canadian electrical and data systems contractors in terms of commercial services. They offer various electrical and associated systems services for commercial systems, including intricate designs, data communication, lifecycle services, and installation of electrical and mechanical infrastructure.

This sector offers nationwide services, which provide the public and private sectors with various electrical maintenance services all over Canada.

Supporting Sustainable Energy Development

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Renewable energy and low-carbon solutions can assist the planet in meeting its climate change objectives, facilitate a smooth energy transition, and bring about a lasting sustainability effect. For more than 50 years, Bird has helped build some of Canada's most significant infrastructure projects. These projects include hydroelectric infrastructure, nuclear and renewable power, organic waste processing, and waste-energy recovery initiatives.

Bird leverages its civil, structural, and mechanical engineering expertise to develop and execute intricate significant projects and its substantial substation and high voltage services. This skill plays a significant role in delivering cleaner energy solutions to customers worldwide. It allows Bird to position itself as an industry leader and contribute to Canada's global commitments to sustainable development.

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Dedication To Safety

The safety record and safety protocols at Bird's workplace greatly influence the company's ability to secure jobs, especially in industrial markets. Some customers might only hire contractors if their safety standards meet the set criteria. They may only engage a contractor with a satisfactory record of safety incidents.

Bird has developed a dependable safety program over the years, resulting in several long-term client relationships. Through this, they have demonstrated their capability to deliver projects safely and with excellence. 

Another way Bird Construction prioritizes safety is through the choice to do industrial projects in-house. While client preference is the primary driver, as they believe outsourcing carries more risk than self-performing the work, it has also resulted in increased profits, making Bird one of the more attractive contracting companies to work with regarding employee safety.

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