PCL took an active part in the design and construction of the Ron Joyce (McMaster) Children’s Health Centre. Located in East Hamilton’s urban core, this 180,000-square-foot facility now houses Canada’s largest prosthetics and orthotics manufacturing, assessment, and fitting facilities. The four-storey centre boasts spacious corridors and full-height windows that maximize light. The whimsically designed therapeutic playground allows complete accessibility for patients of all kinds.
In order to keep pace with the clients’ strict timeframe, PCL made use of sequential permits to meet their deadlines. The location intended for the facility previously housed a factory that had contaminated the earth beneath it. Concerns arose regarding the contamination and its potential threat to future patients. To remedy the problem, PCL installed a Cupolex underground ventilation system to filter out any toxins that could endanger patients. To keep the landlords updated on the team’s progress, site tours took place for every phase of construction. The project sparked great public interest, so the team put up a webcam on the hospital website to allow for open, around-the-clock viewing of their activities.
The Centre has achieved LEED Silver certification and has been praised for its energy-saving features as well as for its beautifully green exterior property. “Our team has worked diligently to ensure this is more than a building,” McMaster Children’s Hospital President Dr. Peter Fitzgerald declared when asked about his thoughts on the building. “This will be an environment in which children and youth will find a place to be the best they can be.”