The Archives of Ontario at York University project is a new 130,000-square-foot, three-storey, state-of-the-art archival facility, located at York University’s campus in Toronto, Ontario. The goal of this project was to provide the Province of Ontario and York University with a new, self-contained academic research facility capable of housing more than $400 million in archive collections and that adhered to strict international archival standards.
This Design, Build, Finance, Operate (DBFO), guaranteed maximum price project was delivered under the Government of Ontario's Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) program, which transfers risk such as price certainty, scheduling, and facilities maintenance to those parties’ best suited to manage those risks.
During preferred proponent negotiations for the Archives of Ontario project, York University decided to proceed with an additional six-story tower consisting of office and research space. PCL was able to integrate York’s new research tower with the design of the Archives of Ontario on a separate, fasttrack basis. An amended planning approval from the City of Toronto was secured in order to include this additional development within the original timeframe envisioned.
This project was delivered on time and on budget.