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David Passingham, director of business development for PCL Construction in Calgary. Wil Andruschak © Postmedia Network Inc.

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PCL Construction builds bridges, hospitals, airports and a host of other critically important projects across Alberta and, for that matter, the world.

At its heart, though, the company of more than 4,400 employees — including more than 700 in Calgary—is focused on building communities.

That’s not just with respect to infrastructure and major projects such as the new Calgary Cancer Centre. It’s about giving back, says David Passingham, Director of Business Development for PCL  Construction in Calgary.

“We believe in building communities and that goes beyond construction,” he says.

“It’s also about giving to charities and taking on various projects for these  organizations.”

Beyond building flood mitigation for the Calgary Zoo, the 9th Avenue Bridge construction and Canada’s longest runway at the Calgary International Airport, PCL also lends its expertise in-kind to community projects for non-profit organizations.

These include the Homes For Heroes Foundation, which helps military veterans struggling with challenges such as homelessness. In this instance, PCL serviced the innovative ‘tiny homes’ built for homeless veterans along with prepping the sites for these mini-dwellings in the city’s southeast.

Additionally, the company has done important renovations for the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter and the Safe Haven Foundation. PCL has also long been involved with the city’s Make-a-Wish Foundation, including building  swimming pools and other  recreational facilities  for children facing life-threatening health conditions.

“With our trade partners, we make these dreams happen,” Passingham says. “We often bring them on board on our projects because we want to inspire our trade partners to give back to the community, too.”

PCL employees do their part as well, helping communities in a number of ways. Many sit on community boards, coach children’s sports teams and volunteer at a variety of non-profits.

“We set a target for every employee to give back at least eight hours a year,” Passingham says. “That’s a low target, really, because many of our employees give back a lot more than that.”

Passingham should know. He says he volunteers at least 200 hours each year.

And he’s not in the minority.

“PCL is an employee-owned company, and it’s part of our heritage to give back,” he explains. “People just do it because it is so ingrained as part of daily life at PCL.”

This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of Calgary Economic Development.

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