PCL has collaborated with the University of Alberta’s Construction Innovation Centre (CIC) for several years and has partnered with CIC researchers in several NSERC partnership programs. It was also one of the sponsors for the 2022 CIC Forum and currently has representation on both of the CIC’s industry steering committees.

Founded in 1906 by James Martin and Ernest Edward Pool, the company began as Martin and Poole Construction and was based in Stoughton, Saskatchewan. Poole and Martin returned to their homes in PEI in the winter of 1906, and Martin retired in 1907, leaving Poole to return to Saskatchewan and rename the company E.E. Poole Contractors. The company was renamed again in 1913 to Poole Construction Company Ltd. and made its final move to its current corporate headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta in 1932. It was finally renamed PCL Construction Ltd. in 1979.

The company’s experts offer a full range of general contracting services, specializing in mechanical, civil, and electrical construction as well as piping and plant shutdowns/turnarounds. PCL is a 100% employee-owned company that partners with companies in the Buildings, Civil, and Industrial sectors, with over 4,500 experts and professionals across Canada, the United States, Australia and the Caribbean.

PCL seeks to incorporate best practices that support sustainable construction by constantly working to improve their methods and processes in a way that limits the company’s environmental impact, help their clients to achieve their goals, and positively contribute to the long-term wellbeing of the communities they work with and are a part of. Their current initiatives include the creation of and support for renewable energy, strategic agribusiness, and embodied carbon projects, demonstrating their commitment to the creation of better practices for the future.