Teck Breaks Ground on New Zero-Carbon Office Building
Teck today announced it has broken ground on its zero-carbon office building in Sparwood, BC. The new 121,500-square foot facility will bring together approximately 580 Teck employees in the Elk Valley into one sustainable new space.
Consolidating multiple Teck offices in Sparwood into one modern facility will improve business efficiency by integrating operations and facilitating collaboration among departments, providing capacity to meet current and future forecasted workforce needs, and enhancing working conditions for staff. The new facility, expected to be completed in 2025, will also offer secure bike storage and will be easily accessible from the pedestrian tunnel under Highway 3.
David Wilks, Mayor of Sparwood, commented, “This building sets the gold star that we need to meet our carbon goals and achieve our community development plans. Teck is once again demonstrating its commitment to operating sustainably and responsibly in Sparwood and the Elk Valley. As the biggest employer in the region, the economic benefits are tremendous, and we are excited to continue working with Teck as a community partner.”
This state-of-the-art project will incorporate sustainable design technologies including energy efficient lighting, EV charging stations, drought-resistant landscaping that utilizes native plants to negate the need for irrigation, and water-efficient fixtures such as sinks, toilets and showers to reduce impact on the local watershed.
The building will also be certified by the Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) under Zero-Carbon Building Standards, the BC Energy Step Code Two and CleanBC and the requirements set by these certifications will exceed those required by the Zero Carbon Building Standard. A zero-carbon building is highly energy-efficient and minimizes greenhouse gas emissions from building materials and operations.
This new office aligns with Teck’s commitment to taking action on climate change and builds on Teck’s support of Sparwood’s community development plans. In 2022, Teck donated $1 million toward revitalizing Centennial Plaza to create a vibrant community space for local residents and visitors.
Robin Sheremeta, Senior Vice President of Coal, commented, “Our steelmaking coal operations have a proud history in the Elk Valley and a bright future ahead responsibly providing an essential material to the world. This new office is a big part of that future, creating a modern space for our employees as they work every day to ensure responsible mining that delivers social and economic benefits to the entire region.”
Teck is committed to ongoing responsible mining operations in the Elk Valley to support a sustainable, long-term future for the benefit of employees, local communities and Indigenous Peoples. Teck’s operations in the Elk Valley support 40% of all jobs in Southeast BC, 80% of the region’s total GDP and directly provide well-paying jobs for more than 5,000 people.