PCL Ottawa Wins National Design Award for Algonquin College Project

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Ottawa – Buildings & Civil Construction

​EDMONTON, AB (Oct. 18, 2013) – The PCL family of companies is pleased to announce that PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Ottawa) has received the Award of Excellence from the Canadian Design-Build Institute (CDBI) for work on the Algonquin College Student Commons project.
2013-Algonquin-College-Project.jpgAlgonquin College Student Commons

“By bringing all project team members together in the design phase, the construction design-build approach helps foster a more successful partnership,” said Kevin Skinner, Vice President and District Manager, PCL Ottawa. “This project is a tribute to the design-build model, as the collaboration, planning, and partnerships have delivered a building that goes beyond the client’s needs.”

PCL, with the architectural firms IBI Group and Teeple Architects and various design-assist subcontractors, set out to fulfill the college’s vision of having an embedded “heart” at the center of the existing campus. The concept required the entire design-build team of all disciplines to meet weekly prior to construction to coordinate building systems with design requirements. 

“The commons building creates a social hub, or ‘heart,’ of the Woodroffe Campus of Algonquin College, providing students with a place for renewal, a place for friendship, a place to study, and a place to relax between the classroom and home,” said John Dalziel, head of major construction at Algonquin College. “The design and functionality of the Student Commons has been a great success and has helped to enrich campus life for students and staff.”

The new $42 million student commons facility has been built to LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification standards and was delivered under budget.

The facility is nearly 127,000 square feet with three distinctive parts: an atrium, a surrounding office area, and a link to the college’s main artery. The self-sustaining landscape that surrounds the facility has been designed as a focal point, enhancing students’ experience through various “outdoor rooms.” The project also includes 15,000 square feet of renovations to the retail area in the existing building and a two-story bookstore.

The award is being presented in conjunction with the institute’s annual National Design-Build Conference, held this year in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. See the Award of Excellence news release here.

The facility has also been awarded an Award of Merit at the City of Ottawa’s 2013 Urban Design Awards. See the Algonquin College video of the details of the project, produced by the Canadian Construction Association, on YouTube, or the full project profile on PCL.com.

About the PCL family of companies

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 $6 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Watch us build at www.pcl.com.


Shane Jones
Media Relations Specialist
PCL Construction
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