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The PCL family of companies is a group of independent general contracting construction companies.

PCL Construction
Private (employee-owned)
Founded1906 (incorporated in 1913 as Poole Construction Company Limited)
HeadquartersEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
Number of employees
4,400;[1] more than 10,000 hourly tradespeople[1]

The PCL family of companies has headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with a United States head office in Denver, Colorado.



PCL began operations in 1906 as Martin and Poole Construction, founded by James Martin and Ernest Edward Poole (October 18, 1883 – March 12, 1964) in Stoughton, Saskatchewan. Poole and Martin both returned to their homes in PEI for the winter of 1906-07, and Martin decided to remain and retire. Poole continued the company upon his return to Saskatchewan in spring 1907, and he changed the company name to E.E. Poole Contractors.

In 1913, Poole renamed the company to Poole Construction Company Limited. In 1932, the company was moved to its current corporate headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta.

In 1975, the company opened its U.S. head office in Denver, Colorado. Ernest Poole's sons, John Edward (1917–2007) and George Ernest (1921–1997), sold the company in 1977 to their 25 senior managers[2] and Great West Life. Poole Construction Company Limited changed its name to PCL Construction Ltd. in 1979.


In March 2018 the company settled a $10.53 million lawsuit stemming from an incident in July 2017 which resulted in the loss of electrical power to more than 10,000 customers on Hatteras and Ocracoke Island. While performing construction on Bonner Bridge, a steel casing was driven into an underground transmission cable, requiring a mandatory evacuation for visitors and resulted in much of the two islands being without power for 9 days.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ a b "Facts and Figures". PCL Constructors.
  2. ^ "History". Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  3. ^ "$10.5M settlement reached in OBX power outage lawsuit". 15 March 2018.
  4. ^ CNN, Joe Sterling and Rose Schmidt. "Thousands evacuate North Carolina's Outer Banks after power outage". CNN.
  5. ^ "Let The Vacations Resume: Power Restored To 2 North Carolina Islands".

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