When the Cameron LNG facility in Louisiana opens in 2018, it will store 480,000 cubic metres of liquefied natural gas for transport. Hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of LNG will pass through the facility and be shipped via the Gulf of Mexico. Of the 5,000 workers who will be building the LNG facility, 2,300 of them will reside in ATCO’s newly constructed work camp. This camp is ATCO’s largest-ever U.S. construction project, and it’s also the largest workforce housing facility ever constructed in the lower 48 states.
While the project may be large, it’s built to consider the personal comforts of a home away from home.
“The camp is laid out in pods so that roughly 700 to 800 people would share common facilities,” explains Dan McGinnis, Manager, Special Projects. “We have a couple of kitchens, a couple of dining rooms and a couple of recreation centres to keep any one area from being overcrowded.”
Construction Manager Terry Jackson supervised the construction site between August 2015 and October 2016, where he saw the facility come together and receive its first wave of workers.
“We had the privilege of having supper in the main dining room every night while we were there,” Jackson recalls. “There are usually two main things workers think about at camp: good food and nice clean beds to lay your head in. And we’ve delivered a great facility to satisfied guests.”
That satisfaction is no coincidence. Individual comfort is literally built into the design. Not only do all of the camp’s rooms have their own individual bathroom, rather than sharing with a neighbour, they have their own temperature controls. With in-suite TVs and DVD players, mini-fridges, and plenty of storage, it’s meant to be the next best thing to home.
“It all comes down to privacy and making it as home-like as possible,” explains McGinnis. “To get a guy to leave his house 1,000 miles away and spend three or four weeks at a time in your facility, you need to think about all the comforts and amenities that will make their stay enjoyable.”
That thinking led to amenities like laundry facilities, gyms, games areas with pool tables, darts and foosball, and even movie theatres.
While the Louisiana heat can soar above 100F in the summer months, many guests still enjoy the outdoor recreation areas, including basketball courts, beach volleyball and soccer fields. You’ll even find people at the barbecue flipping burgers and enjoying social time with colleagues.
Beyond its size and unlike most remote work camps, the facility is unique because it actually lies near two population centres: the cities of Lake Charles and Sulphur, Louisiana.
“There’s a life outside of those walls in your bedroom,” says Jackson. “You can go out and get a bite to eat or an afternoon drink on your day off.”
After construction of the LNG facility is complete, the 562 relocatable modular units of this camp will ultimately be returned to ATCO’s fleet, ready for the next major workforce housing project.
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