Two PCL design-built Ontario hospitals achieve LEED Silver certification

PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) is pleased to announce that two of its projects – Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto and the St. Catharines Site – have achieved LEED Silver certification through the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), surpassing intended classification as LEED-certified buildings.

“Our team was able to maximize value for our clients and achieve a higher level of intended certification,” says PCL executive vice-president Chris Gower. “This stands as a testament to the value of strong partnerships and close collaboration, and I congratulate all of our project partners for this achievement.”

BRIDGEPOINT HOSPITAL is the first hospital in Toronto to receive LEED Silver certification. Highlights include:

• 30 per cent more energy-efficient than a building designed according to standard building code

• Environmentally friendly features and practices, such as a smart irrigation system that is connected to local weather stations; reintroduced native plants to the hospital landscaping; and efficient and innovative washroom fixtures

• A high-performance heat recovery system, air-conditioning system and high-efficiency boilers. Combined with efficient lighting systems and double-glazed windows, this system helps reduce energy consumption

• At least 15 per cent of the materials used to construct the facility contain recycled content

• 98 per cent of the site’s construction materials were diverted from landfill

The ST. CATHARINES SITE is the first hospital in the Niagara region to receive LEED Silver certification. Highlights include:

• High-performance building exterior, including a white roof that reduces heat island effect, keeping the interior temperature cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

• Optimized energy performance including efficient lighting design and the extensive use of natural light throughout the building

• Advanced ventilation recovery systems and high-efficiency boilers and chillers

• A reduction of water use by more than 20 per cent through the use of water-efficient plumbing fixtures

• Water-efficient landscaping (potable water use for irrigation has been reduced by more than 50 per cent through the use of high-efficiency irrigation technology and drought tolerant plants).

• 20 per cent of construction materials contain recycled content

PCL delivered both hospitals on time and on budget under the Government of Ontario’s Alternative Finance and Procurement (AFP) model. As design-build leader on both projects, PCL managed an intensely collaborative environment, methodically addressing each requirement through coordination of consultants, subcontractors and specialty providers for all phases of project delivery.

PCL’s experience delivering hospital projects with tight timelines and significant complexities has led to the development of numerous innovations in mechanical and electrical coordination, application of virtual construction techniques, user group coordination, equipment procurement and installation processes, as well as an acute understanding of clinical functionality, evidence-based design and infection prevention and control, all without compromising schedule.

PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of more than $7.5 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in North America.

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