Canam Group: Over $100-million contract for the construction of a new roof on
the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver

The largest cable-supported retractable roof in the world

BOUCHERVILLE, QC, Oct. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Structal-Heavy Steel Construction (Structal), a business unit of Canam Group Inc. (TSX: CAM) located in Boucherville, QC, has received a letter of intent from PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. (PCL) regarding a contract worth more than $100 million for the construction of the world's largest cable-supported retractable roof, in replacement of the air-supported dome on the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. Renovations to the domed stadium, which opened in 1983, are expected to cost $458 million.

The contract awarded to Structal includes design-assist, detailing and project management services as well as the fabrication and erection of the structural steel and cables for the retractable roof.

Formidable challenges

According to Structal president Luc Pelland, the dimensions and architectural elements of this roof involve formidable challenges, which the Structal team has the know-how and capabilities to meet. "As general contractor specialized in the field of structural steel, we play a vital role in all the steps needed to achieve successful project integration," says Pelland. This construction project, he adds, will bring to 53 the number of North American sports facilities Structal has collaborated on over the years, 20 of which are home to Major League teams.

The steel components will be fabricated by the Canam Group plants in St. Gédéon de Beauce, QC, and Sunnyside, WA, as well as by local and international subcontractors, and will be erected for the most part by local manpower. Both the deliveries and the erection work will begin in the early part of 2010 and continue until the end of the year.

BC Place, which has the capacity to seat 60,000, is home to the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League and will be the venue for Canada's national Grey Cup championship in 2011. Moreover, Vancouver was recently awarded Major League Soccer's second Canadian franchise, and the Vancouver Whitecaps have signed a five-year lease to begin playing at the renovated BC Place Stadium in 2011.

In recent years, Canam Group and Structal have been associated with many other stadium and arena construction projects for Major League teams, including the New York Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets and Red Bulls, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New England Patriots, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

About Structal

Structal-Heavy Steel Construction is the business unit of Canam Group Inc. specialized in major and complex construction projects. Structal also offers design-assist, design-build, BIM and project management services.

About PCL

PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. is part of PCL Group, the largest general contracting organization in Canada and the seventh largest in the United States. PCL has 27 offices in North America and the Caribbean.

About Canam Group

Canam Group Inc. is an industrial company operating 12 plants specialized in the design and fabrication of construction products and solutions. The company employs more than 2,500 people in Canada, the United States, Romania and India, and has partnerships with companies in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and China.

SOURCE Canam Group Inc.

For further information: For further information: Jasmin Gosselin, Vice President, Communications, (450) 641-4000, jasmin.gosselin@canamgroup.ws, www.canamgroup.ws, www.structal.ws; Photos are available upon request.


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