Aecon awarded contract for new $27 million Academic Building at Dalhousie University

    - - Including numerous "green" facets for LEED certification - -

    HALIFAX, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) announced today that
its Atlantic Buildings Division has been awarded a Construction Management
contract for the new $27 million Academic Building at Dalhousie University in
    The project involves the demolition of the existing tower structure and a
church hall on the site of the new building, and the subsequent construction
of a 104,000 square-foot Academic Building. The new building will be four
floors above ground, plus a penthouse, and a below ground basement level with
storage and mechanical and electrical rooms. The new Academic Building will
also include an atrium to separate the classroom wing from the Faculty office
    Phase one of the project, which was delivered under a separate contract,
involved the demolition of the existing structures and has already been fully
completed. The expected completion date for the construction of the new
building is June 2010.
    The project is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Silver targeted project, and includes a number of 'green' components such as:

    -   Solarwall panels to help maximize solar energy gain.

    -   A 'green' roofing system that uses a combination of ENERGY STAR(R)
        compliant and vegetated roofing materials to minimize the impact on
        human and wildlife habitat.

    -   Bicycle storage and showers/change rooms dedicated for cyclists' use

    -   Premium mechanical controls and indoor air quality monitoring systems

    -   This will be the first building in Atlantic Canada to use
        Bubble Deck(R) Concrete Slabs, which reduces the overall concrete
        volume and eliminates drop panels, subsequently maximizing headroom,
        in adherence to municipal height restriction bylaws

    This project is the most recent in a series of contract awards for Aecon,
supporting the development and expansion of the social infrastructure needs
across Canada. Other recent Aecon awards in this area include projects for 
St. Mary's University in Halifax, the University of Waterloo in Ontario, the
Smiths Falls District Hospital in Ontario, and the Toronto Rehabilitation
Institute in Toronto.
    "We are particularly pleased that we will be introducing new construction
techniques and materials designed to respect our environment as part of this
exciting project, said Frank Ross, President, Aecon Atlantic. "We are
delighted to have been selected to manage the construction of this new
Academic Building which will serve thousands of Dalhousie students for years
to come."

    Aecon Group Inc. is Canada's largest publicly traded construction and
infrastructure development company. Aecon and its subsidiaries provide
services to private and public sector clients throughout Canada and
internationally. Aecon is pleased to be recognized as one of the 50 Best
Employers in Canada as published by Report on Business Magazine.

    The information in this news release includes certain forward-looking
statements. These statements are based upon assumptions that are subject to
significant risks and uncertainties which are discussed in greater detail in
the section entitled "Risk Factors and Uncertainties" in Management's
Discussion and Analysis of operating results and Financial Condition for the
year ended December 31, 2007 filed on SEDAR at Although Aecon
believes that the expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are
reasonable, it can give no assurance that the expectations of any
forward-looking statements will prove to be correct.

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For further information:

For further information: Mitch Patten, Vice President, Corporate
Affairs, Aecon Group Inc., (416) 297-2615,,

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