Milestone Reached on Construction of New Port aux Basques Administration Building

Port aux Basques, NL – Following months of preparatory concrete and foundation work, including the on-site fabrication of tilt-panels, Marine Atlantic’s new Port aux Basques administration building project is now ready to move to the next stage of construction. Earlier today, cranes began placing tilt-up panels (concrete walls) that will form the final building envelope.

This multi-year project is designed to address space and infrastructure challenges and consolidate administrative functions currently located at several buildings in the town. Once completed during the summer of 2024, the new building will play an important role in the Corporation’s vision for a safe, healthy, and skilled workforce. The Corporation’s goal is to construct a facility that is a Leader in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) and when completed meets LEED certification requirements. To accomplish this there will be modern amenities and new environmental technologies, including electric vehicle charging stations. The building’s structural design includes tilt panel construction and weather-resistant materials that are sturdier and require less maintenance. The building, located at 175 Hardy’s Arterial Road, is being constructed by Olympic Construction based out of St. John’s, NL.



“Today’s milestone is a very welcome addition to the Town of Port aux Basques and will significantly improve our administrative functions in the area. Through our commitment of achieving LEED certification and using more durable construction materials, we are learning from Hurricane Fiona and the changing climate that we currently face. Through infrastructure investments such as this we are focused on doing our part to reduce our carbon footprint and reach our goal of net zero emissions by 2050. We are committed to our operations in southwestern Newfoundland and remain steadfast in providing a strong, effective, efficient, and reliable service for our customers.”

Gary O’Brien
Chair, Board of Directors, Marine Atlantic


“Our team is very excited to see this project reach another important milestone. As we prepare to welcome both our new vessel and this new accessible, inclusive, and environmentally friendly facility next summer, there is a lot of positive investment and activity taking place with our service. I would like to extend my gratitude to our internal and external partners for helping us achieve this goal, and I look forward to our customers and employees experiencing these enhancements first-hand in 2024.”

Murray Hupman
President and CEO, Marine Atlantic


Marine Atlantic is a Canadian Crown Corporation tasked with fulfilling the constitutional mandate of offering freight and passenger service between the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia. The Corporation reports to the Minister of Transport Canada.

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Darrell Mercer
Corporate Communications
(709) 772-0073 or (709) 727-2405
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Photo 1 – Left to Right – Shawn Leamon - Marine Atlantic Vice President of Finance; Gary O’Brien, Chair – Marine Atlantic Board of Directors; Andrew Parsons – Member for Burgeo-Lapoile