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Stuart Olson awarded contracts totaling $63 million

EDMONTON, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - The Churchill Corporation (TSX: CUQ) announced
today that its wholly-owned subsidiary Stuart Olson Constructors has been
awarded two new contracts with the Alberta Government.
A new $45 million high school will be built on land at the corner of 69th
Street and 17th Avenue S.W. in Calgary, Alberta, clearing the way for the west
leg of LRT to run through the existing Ernest Manning site located at the
corner of 17th Avenue and 33rd Street S.W. The new high school will be jointly
funded through a memorandum of understanding between Alberta Infrastructure,
the City of Calgary and the Calgary Board of Education. Construction of the
new high school is expected to commence in the spring of 2009.
The second contract awarded is to develop radiation therapy capacity at
the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta. Existing space will be
renovated in order to relocate and expand the current cancer clinic and an
addition will be built to accommodate two new radiation therapy vaults. The
facility is expected to be operating by March 31, 2010, after receiving
$33.7 million in provincial capital funding.
Stuart Olson will be acting as the sole construction manager for these
projects. The expected contribution of these two projects to Stuart Olson's
third quarter backlog is estimated to be approximately $63 million.

About The Churchill Corporation:

The Churchill Corporation provides building construction, industrial
construction and maintenance services throughout Western Canada. Churchill
common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "CUQ".


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For further information: Andrew Apedoe, Vice President Investor Relations & Secretary, The Churchill Corporation, (780) 454-3667, Email:, Website: