A strong representation of PCL’s commitment to innovation, safety and our community, PCL Toronto was awarded two global construction awards as the design-builder for Mackenzie Health’s Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital. Our Toronto District was awarded the Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Global Best Projects, Award of Merit and a Modular Building Institute Award of Distinction. Both awards represent the highest standard of innovation and construction excellence.

“We are tremendously proud and honored to be recognized by both of these respected institutions at such a global scale,” said Marc Pascoli, PCL Toronto vice president and district manager. “Receiving these awards for Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital speaks to the complexity of this essential health care project and PCL’s dedication to advancing the future of construction.”

The ENR Global Best Projects, Award of Merit recognizes one-of-a-kind projects from around the globe that have a unique focus on the challenges, risks and rewards of designing and constructing in other countries. A panel of industry leaders sifted through a robust slate of entries to select 30 winning projects from 21 different countries on six continents who demonstrated excellence in safety performance, innovation, design and construction quality, and challenges. Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital was the only Canadian project recognized by the competition this year.

“We entrusted PCL’s expertise to build this essential health care facility that would fulfill the needs of our rapidly growing community and help us provide world-class, quality health care,” said David Stolte, Mackenzie Health vice president, strategy and program support services. “Collaborative partnerships like the one we have with PCL meant the hospital was delivered to create the best patient care environment, allowing our team at Mackenzie Health to focus on providing the best care possible.”

As a design-build leader, PCL integrated unique construction methods and managed intricate P3 building requirements to transform a 40-acre greenfield site into an 11-story patient-oriented smart hospital. While the COVID-19 pandemic posed unexpected obstacles, PCL worked seamlessly with local and global consultants, partners and city officials to capture Mackenzie Health’s vision. Demonstrating PCL’s unwavering commitment to safety, Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital was built on time and on budget while maintaining an industry-leading safety record of three million worker hours without a lost time injury. 

Recognized for architectural excellence, technical innovation and cost effectiveness, Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital Modular Bathroom Pods won the Modular Building Institute (MBI) Award of Distinction for permanent modular bathroom pods.

Considered the highest honor in the modular construction industry, MBI's annual Awards of Distinction are presented to structures that exemplify modular construction best practices in a variety of categories, including permanent prefabricated projects and relocatable buildings.

To run critical work activities parallel with on-site construction on the hospital, PCL constructed 10 variations of 290 prefabricated washroom pods, varying in size from 90 to 100 square feet. PCL strategically manufactured 95% of the modular building components off-site, including the flooring, wall protection, mechanical and electrical rough-ins, millwork and major accessories, positively impacting the overall project schedule. With the help of approximately 100 tradespeople, the modular washroom pods were manufactured and installed in 12 days.

“The Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital modular bathroom pods demonstrate the value behind modular construction and the impact of technology in the construction industry,” said John Schmalz, PCL Toronto modular construction manager. “This project exemplifies PCL’s ability to take on a challenge and present an innovative solution to meet our clients’ goals.”

PCL collaborated with the following top-tier design teams, subcontractors, financiers, operators and facilities managers to help deliver this essential hospital facility:

  • Owner: Mackenzie Health
  • Project Sponsor: Infrastructure Ontario
  • Lead Developer and Financer: Plenary Americas
  • Lead Design Firm: Stantec Architecture Ltd.
  • Structural Engineer: Entuitive
  • Civil and MEP Engineer: WSP
  • Mechanical Contractor: Modern Niagara
  • Electrical Contractor: Plan Group
  • IT and AV: Compugen

“Completing this vital health care project would not have been possible without the collective effort of all of our trusted consultants, trade partners and the hundreds of passionate and hardworking people who came to work every day,” said Andre Bohren, PCL Toronto construction manager. “Thank you to everyone involved in bringing Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, the City of Vaughan’s first hospital and Ontario’s first net new hospital in 30 years, to life.”