Energy firm Wood finds new home to accommodate rapid growth in Calgary

Energy firm Wood finds new home to accommodate rapid growth in Calgary

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Next week, Jason Westrup, Canada’s vice president of conventional energy at Wood, will oversee the initial flow of his 680 employees from downtown Calgary to the Interplex Business Park at the end of Barlow Trail and Memorial Drive SE

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The new home occupies the impressive glass-walled office tower that has been renamed Wood and will soon have its signature proudly displayed atop the west-facing facade.

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Westrup was born on the east coast of England and after graduating joined AMEC Foster Wheeler, an international consulting, engineering and project marketing company headquartered in London, England. The company, which focuses on the oil and gas, chemical, power and process, and environmental infrastructure markets, was acquired by the Wood Group for $2.2 billion in 2017, renamed Wood, and now operates in more than 60 countries worldwide

Westrup was transferred from AMEC to Calgary in 2010 for a project manager position and was promoted to his current role in 2021 overseeing more than 700 employees in Calgary, Leduc and Sarnia, Ontario.

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Built in 1982 on 6th Avenue SW, AMEC Place is no longer able to support the growing workforce at one of the company’s largest offices in Canada.

The Wood office tower, which has earned LEED Gold status, is still within easy reach of downtown, but provides the company with 30,000 square feet of space that will house administrative offices in the central area and allow other employees to work Enjoy light and beautiful views of the city and mountains.

Westrup says the plan is to fully streamline hybrid working, where he and other leaders are visible and responsive throughout the day. Changes are being made to improve the way employees work, with a flexible schedule that allows teams to work together in the office, with the option to alternate working from home two or three days a week.

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They are encouraged to take breaks using lounge seating for quiet relaxation, a fitness facility, fun table games and areas with comfortable seating for laptop use to support the company’s culture of exceptional project execution and employee performance. Building owner Epic Investment Services has also committed to providing its tenants with a healthy food service.

Another big plus is ample free parking for everyone and proximity to the Barlow/Max Bell LRT station.

Wood’s Canadian operations serve the oil sands (both thermal and mineral), petrochemical/refining, offshore pipelines and other midstream assets, mining and potash. It is currently involved in a number of energy transition projects, including carbon capture, hydrogen and biofuels.

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Westrup says he’s confident he’ll grow his workforce to more than 1,000 in the province by 2026.

Much of this growth will be due to an increase in Leduc’s construction management staff working on EPC projects, procurement and construction, with a strong commitment to becoming a one-stop shop under the same leadership.

Further growth streams for the woodworker are expected to come from energy transition and decarbonization projects, as well as increased demand for its services in conventional upstream, midstream and downstream markets coupled with its engineering, procurement and manufacturing offerings.


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David Parker appears regularly in the Herald. Read online at He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or email [email protected]

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