Britco to build Olympic and Paralympic lodge and townhouse accommodation at Whistler Athletes' Centre and joins Vancouver 2010 as Official Supplier

    LANGLEY, BC, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - Britco Structures has been awarded a
contract by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) to design and build accommodations for the
Whistler Athletes' Centre, a significant component of the Whistler Olympic and
Paralympic Village and home to athletes competing in events at Whistler
Olympic Park, The Whistler Sliding Centre and Whistler Creekside. It will also
be a legacy training facility for Canadian athletes long after the 2010 Winter
    Under the terms of the contract, Britco will design and build a 100-room
lodge and a 20-unit townhouse complex, both to be permanently located in the
Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village, a development being undertaken by the
Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) in collaboration with VANOC. Britco
will also supply temporary rooms to accommodate up to 690 team officials
staying in the Whistler Athletes' Centre.
    The contract's estimated value is approximately $32 million and the
projects will provide upwards of 200,000 labour hours of work for Britco's
employees at their two BC plants in Agassiz and Penticton along with Britco's
workers in the Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village.
    The lodge and townhouse complex are both scheduled for completion one
year in advance of the opening of the 2010 Winter Games. After the Games, the
lodge and the townhouse complex will be an accommodation legacy for athletes
in training.
    In addition to the Whistler Athletes' Centre contract, Britco has also
joined the VANOC sponsor family as an Official Supplier of modular structures
products and services for the 2010 Winter Games. Their financial contribution
also provides Britco with the sponsorship rights for the Canadian Olympic
teams participating at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, the 2010 Winter Games
and London 2012.
    "We want the world's best athletes to feel that the Whistler Olympic and
Paralympic Village is their home away from home. A positive experience in the
Village will help them prepare for the rigours and excitement of competition,"
said John Furlong, VANOC's Chief Executive Officer. "We are pleased to have
Britco on our team to provide a key element in the athlete experience in 2010
and to incorporate their innovative and quality design into the Village, which
will be an important legacy for athlete training after the Games."
    "Everyone at Britco is very excited to be part of the Vancouver 2010
Winter Games. Britco's modular manufacturing approach to building construction
incorporates sustainable and environmentally-friendly construction techniques
and we are proud that this will help VANOC build a sustainable legacy well
beyond 2010," said Rick McClymont, Managing Partner and co-founder of Britco.
    The announcement was made at Britco's Langley head office and included
the participation of students from Langley Montessori, a school designed and
built by Britco in 2007. Other special guests and dignitaries included Gary
Cormack, gold medalist on the Canadian Paralympic Curling Team at the Torino
2006 Winter Games; the Honourable Rich Coleman, MLA, Minister of Forests and
Range; Kurt Alberts, Mayor of Township of Langley; Peter Fassbender, Mayor of
the City of Langley; Dianne Watts, Mayor of the City of Surrey, and David
Esworthy, Chair of the Langley Spirit of BC Community Committee.

    About Britco

    With over 300 employees and manufacturing facilities in Agassiz and
Penticton, Britco is a top-ten BC-based construction-related company. Britco's
lease fleet of office complexes, construction site buildings and storage
containers is the largest in BC.
    Britco was founded by Rick McClymont and David Taft in 1977 and was
recently honoured for outstanding achievement at the Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2007 awards for best manufacturing company in the
Pacific region. In 2006, Britco's success internationally was recognized when
it was selected as one of BC's top exporters at the BC Export Awards.
    Britco designs and manufactures a wide variety of building types,
including workforce accommodations for remote locations, office complexes,
school classrooms, and custom-designed buildings including daycares and sales

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.
    VANOC's marketing program is focused on securing mutually rewarding
partnerships with shared values to generate sufficient revenue to host
successful Winter Games in 2010 and to leave a financial legacy for sport.
VANOC's Worldwide TOP Partners include Coca-Cola, Atos Origin, GE, McDonald's,
Omega, Panasonic, Samsung and Visa. VANOC's National Partners are Bell Canada,
Hbc, RBC Financial Group, GM Canada, Petro-Canada, and RONA.
    VANOC's Official Supporters include Air Canada, the British Columbia
Lottery Corporation, Canadian Pacific, the Insurance Corporation of British
Columbia, Jet Set Sports, Ricoh Canada Inc., the Royal Canadian Mint, and Teck
Cominco Limited. VANOC's Official Suppliers are 3M, Birks, Dow Canada, EPCOR,
Haworth Canada, Nortel, Sun Microsystems of Canada, TransCanada, Vincor
Canada, Weston Bakeries and Workopolis.

For further information:

For further information: Britco, Chris Gardner, (604) 539-3950,; Andrew Riley, VANOC Communications, (778) 328-6721,

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