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Black & MCDonald


Multi-Trade Construction Services

setting the benchmark for client service

Black & McDonald has worked hard to earn industry-wide respect for our positive approach and our ability to provide innovative solutions to unusual challenges, even in the most critical environments. Our project managers guide the progress of every project and our resources are trained to excel in difficult or hazardous conditions. Many of our operations present potential risks to people and the environment, and we believe the most effective way to meet our commitment is through a capable, committed workforce, and practices designed to enable safe and environmentally responsible operations.

Our multi-trade teams of trades, technicians, and professionals truly make us a Single Source service provider, self-performing on mechanical, electrical, utility, civil, millwright and rigging, and asset management services. We manage and take responsibility for all aspects of a project while ensuring a continuity of process deliverables such as Health, Safety and Environmental Compliance, Quality Assurance, Continuous Improvement, and Economies of Scale. At Black & McDonald, we provide Single Source Capability, Responsibility, and Accountability.

Our projects include mission critical facilities such as airports, data centres and server rooms, hospitals, refineries, and nuclear facilities. With our specialized construction expertise, national purchasing power, and substantial resources in management, personnel, and equipment, we continue to live up to our promise to do the job right - regardless.


Mechanical construction has been a core business line of Black & McDonald for many decades. Our resources are geared for projects ranging from basic installations to Public Private Partnerships (P3) consortiums for mega projects. We deliver projects on-time and within budget, whether straightforward HVAC and plumbing projects, specialty services for laboratories or industrial refrigeration, or as part of the massive, multi-trade, oil and gas projects in the oil sands which include testing and commissioning.

  • Plumbing & Heating
  • Air-Conditioning & Ventilation
  • Energy Management Retrofits
  • Millwright & Rigging
  • Module / Equipment Installations
  • Industrial & Recreational Refrigeration
  • Specialty Process Piping
  • Boilers, Furnaces, Steam Generation
  • Industrial Combustion Burners


Black & McDonald began electrical contracting in 1921 and it has remained a core offering to this day. Throughout the industrial, commercial, institutional, and infrastructure sectors, our electrical and instrumentation strengths are well respected. With our custom prefabrication capabilities, our electrical services are not only cost-effective, but incredibly streamlined in schedule and delivery.

  • Power
  • Control and Tech Cable
  • Cable Trays
  • Process & Automation
  • Instrumentation & Controls
  • Control Panels
  • Security Systems
  • Life Safety
  • Lighting

Data/Communications, Network Solutions

An integral part of our Electrical offerings relate to the specialized area of network solutions. We design, specify, install, certify, maintain, and upgrade all aspects of network infrastructure. Our experience extends from small business to international financial organizations.

  • Design & Analysis
  • Configuration
  • Installation
  • Testing & Certification
  • Documentation
  • Training
  • Administration
  • Upgrade & Retrofit

Utility Contracting

Our Single Source services within the utility sector range from Engineer / Procure / Construct (EPC) projects to extensive maintenance and emergency services. Black & McDonald has the in-house capabilities and resources to handle any size project. We provide construction services for overhead and underground transmission systems, fibre optic cabling, construction of stations, municipal installations, and their related civil construction. Specialized field services provide testing, Arc Flash Hazard Analysis, and Infrared Scanning of electrical and mechanical systems.

  • High Voltage Splicing & Termination
  • Substation Design & Construction
  • Testing & Commissioning
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Overhead & Underground Cables/Systems
  • Air Navigation Aids, Landing Aids
  • Emergency Power Systems
  • Distribution Systems for Water, Phone Data
  • Road, Highway, Street & Traffic Lighting
  • Turnkey Asset Management Services


Both for stand-alone projects and as part of the company’s team for multi-trade or infrastructure projects, complicated civil projects are undertaken utilizing Black & McDonald's procedures, practices, processes, and resources.

  • Water Main Repair, Surface Restoration
  • Underground Cabling & Ducts
  • Installation/Construction of Cast in Place
  • Excavation
  • Pre-cast Chambers, Vaults, Foundations
  • Piling (Cut & Cap)

Engineering & Design Services

Black & McDonald’s engineering division provides design, commissioning, and construction management solutions for utility infrastructure and energy projects including hydroelectric and wind energy installations. Our team of engineers and designers delivers turnkey solutions for substation and transmission line design, power system studies, and SCADA.

Black & McDonald’s engineering division also supports our advanced fabrication capabilities. Using 2D and 3D CADD software, we develop designs and drawings that allow us to produce custom electrical components and equipment.

Power System Studies

  • Arc Flash/Coordination/Short Circuit
  • Load Flow
  • Electrical Losses
  • Cable Sizing and Pulling
  • Grounding
  • Power Quality and Harmonics
  • Lighting
  • AC/DC System Sizing
  • Lightning Protection—Fixed Angle and Rolling Sphere
  • Protection Philosophy


  • 2D AutoCAD—Schematics, Layouts, Details, BOMs, Wiring, Arrangement, Interface, Control, Communication, Schedules, Logic
  • 3D AutoCAD—Isometrics, Layouts, Plans

Specifications and Plans

  • Equipment Specifications
  • Commissioning
  • Maintenance
  • Testing Plans
  • Tenders

Prefabricated Supply

  • E-houses
  • Standalone Panels
  • PLC Boxes
  • I-houses

Design and Retrofit

  • Protection and Teleprotection Schemes
  • Control Schemes—SCADA


Black & McDonald’s fabrication capabilities are applied to a wide range of commercial and industrial applications using highly specialized equipment and processes to enhance today’s engineering impact. From custom piping and sheet metal fabrication to electrical and modular assemblies, virtual construction, and engineering value added services, Black & McDonald leads the way with an Integrated Project Delivery.

  • Trimble
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Value Engineering
  • Pre-Construction Planning
  • Custom Pre-Fabrication, Modular Fabrication, Skids
  • LEAN Construction
  • LEED practices

Power Generation

Black & McDonald's depth of experience has made us the partner of choice throughout the power generation industry. With over 90 years of lessons learned, we are able to consistently apply our knowledge to the benefit of our customers, meeting their most demanding challenges in their most critical environments, with safety always foremost in mind. Black & McDonald self performs on mechanical, electrical, utility, civil, and asset management services. This has uniquely aligned our core competencies with energy construction and maintenance requirements. Our extensive nuclear experience is respected across Canada. And, by specializing in power generation using greener energy sources such as Wind, Hydro, Solar and Cogeneration, we are proud to be building a sustainable future for us all.


For Black & McDonald, our performance of nuclear services has a clear priority over schedule, cost, and production - Nuclear safety. Black & McDonald strictly follows a nuclear safety culture including individual and management commitment to safety and management systems which promote accountability, a questioning attitude, communication, conservative decision making, continuous improvement, safe work processes, problem identification and resolution, and an environment for raising concerns. With outstanding safety records, our highly trained and experienced nuclear employees enable nuclear excellence. As a Single Source multi-trade service provider, we bring capability, responsibility, and accountability to our complete engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) solutions.


Black & McDonald is Canada's most experienced multi-trade contractor making us the partner of choice within the Wind Energy Sector. With over 90 years of lessons learned, we are able to consistently apply our knowledge to the benefit of our customers, meeting their most demanding challenges in their most critical environments, with safety always foremost in mind. Our projects range from 10 MW up to 270 MW. By specializing in green energy projects such as Wind, we are proud to be building a sustainable future for us all.

Turbine Erection:

A Single-Sourced Responsibility

  • Project Management
  • Millwrights & Riggers for precision installation and alignment
turbine erection

Electrical Systems:

High Voltage Power Utilities Support

  • Substations
    • Procurement
    • Installation
    • Retrofit
    • Maintenance
    • Testing
    • Commissioning
    • Repair
  • Transmission and Distribution
    • Overhead and Underground cabling and distribution systems
      • Pole and tower installations
      • Excavation and duct-bank installations
electrical systems

  • Testing and Commissioning
    • Our team of highly specialized technicians meeting the requirements of IEEE, NETA, CSA and ANSI to ensure system peak performance and reliability
Technical Services:

Installing and Programming Support

  • SCADA Control Systems
    • PLC (Programmable Logic Control)
  • Substation Protection and Control
  • SCADA Control Networks
    • Certified Fibre Optic and Copper cable systems installation
    • Network distribution racks, panels and active hardware
    • Wireless network installations
    • Certification testing, commissioning and documentation

Civil Works:

Part of our Multi-Trade Team

  • Access Roads
  • Grading & Excavation
  • Underground Trenching
  • Foundation Forming & Pouring
  • Fencing and Site Services


For developers and those just starting their investigations into the possibilities of utilizing solar energy in their enterprises, Black & McDonald offers a Single Source for photovoltaic solar construction and maintenance - the right partner to work with throughout the process


Black & McDonald’s highly skilled resources are trusted in hydroelectric stations throughout the country. Precision planning ensures completion on-time and on-budget. Whether for turnkey electrical and mechanical projects at remote sites or technical services, Black & McDonald’s standards for Quality Assurance and Human Performance ensure client satisfaction each and every time.


Overall, Black & McDonald’s multi-trade Single Source services are guided by our construction management strengths and proudly supported throughout the construction process by each and every one of our people - involved and committed to excellence from concept to commissioning.

  • Construction Management
  • Facility/Plant Installations, Moves and Expansions
  • Lock out/Tag out
  • General Contracting
  • Check Sheet/Punch List development
  • Design/Build Turnkey Installations
  • Industrial Pre-Commissioning & Commissioning
  • Testing: substations, motor bumps, loop checks, heat trace, DCS

Read Our Brochures

Technical Construction & Maintenance Mini Brochure (pdf PDF - 3141KB)

Fabrication, Engineering Design Brochure (pdfPDF - 183KB)

Quebec Brochure (pdfPDF - 958KB)


Black & McDonald's depth of experience has made us the partner of choice across a wide range of industries. To get there took time and effort. Our management team invested in the development of our people, determined to make our highly-experienced tradespeople renowned as the best in their industries.
With over 90 years of documented lessons learned, we are able to consistently apply that knowledge - meeting our customers’ most demanding challenges, in their most critical environments.