Bird to build net-zero plant protein processing facility
Alberta plant will process yellow peas into soluble and insoluble protein isolates.
Bird Construction Inc. has been selected to lead the design and construction of a state-of-the-art, net-zero plant protein processing facility for Phyto Organix Foods Inc. in Strathmore, Alta. The value of the progressive design-build contract is approximately $125 million.
The contract includes the design and construction of the facility and 3-D connectivity to the processing equipment. The 100,000-square-foot facility will be the first net-zero plant protein processing facility in North America, employing industry-leading technology solutions to recycle and reuse water, leverage low emission energy sources, and reduce overall energy consumption.
When complete, the facility will use a proprietary wet fractionation technology to annually process 40,000 metric tonnes of yellow peas, grown in close proximity to the facility, into soluble and insoluble protein isolates, processed fibre and starch, and high-quality dietary pea hull fibre.
“We are proud to be selected by Phyto Organix for this cutting-edge project. Early contractor involvement and a collaborative approach with our clients and partners continue to deliver immense value and drive sustainable, innovative solutions,” said Teri McKibbon, president and CEO of Bird. “Over the past 10 years, Bird has built an impressive resume of over 100 agri-food projects… We look forward to bringing our expertise to this modern, net-zero facility as we continue to expand our diverse portfolio in Western Canada.”
“Phyto Organix is pleased to be partnering with Bird for the design and construction of our new plant protein processing facility, scheduled to be operational in 2024,” said Chris Theal, founder, president and CEO of Phyto Organix. “Bird is a proven leader in the agri-food and value-add processing sector, and its experience and collaborative approach has been critical in defining and differentiating the sustainability pedigree of our facility.”