Two PCL projects represent excellence in construction as Engineering News Record’s 2022 Global Best Projects

Toronto, Ontario (December 13, 2022) – Two ground breaking projects built by PCL Construction that have left a remarkable imprint on the construction industry have won Global Best Project Awards from Engineering News-Record (ENR). Lakeridge Health’s new long-term care home, Lakeridge Gardens, in Ajax is being recognized as the Best Health Care Project and CityHousing Hamilton’s 500 MacNab (Ken Soble Tower) in Hamilton is recognized as the Best Green project.

The ENR Global Best Projects Award 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 34 winning projects from 18 different countries on every continent except Antartica who demonstrated excellence in design and construction quality, innovation and safety performance.

Lakeridge Gardens – Best Global Health Care Project

Lakeridge Gardens is the first project to be completed under Infrastructure Ontario’s Accelerated Build Pilot Program, built in only 13 months during the global pandemic.

The Accelerated Build Pilot Program leverages hospital-owned land and accelerated construction techniques to get shovels in the ground quickly. Lakeridge Health, Infrastructure Ontario, PCL and trade partners worked collaboratively to deliver this 320 bed, six storey long-term care home in record time. Rapid procurement, design/schedule innovation, lean principles and a modular kit-of-parts approach were crucial to bringing Lakeridge Gardens to life years faster than a traditional build.

To showcase the innovative collaboration behind the project and to provide insight into the strategy that enabled the home to be built in months instead of years, PCL Construction released a short documentary along with a complementary timeline.

“The outcome of this project and receiving this incredible global recognition is credited to outstanding collaboration between Lakeridge Health, Infrastructure Ontario, G Architects, Parkin Architects, the government and all of our partners whose passionate pursuit of providing residents with a modern, comfortable and safe place to call home enabled such a success,” says Marc Pascoli, senior vice president and district manager of PCL Toronto. “Congratulations to everyone involved. Together, we have left a positive impact on the community for years to come.”

The award-winning project team includes:

·         Project Owner: Lakeridge Health

·         Project Sponsor: Infrastructure Ontario

·         Construction Manager: PCL Construction

·         Architects: G Architects in joint venture with Parkin Architects

·         Structural Engineer: Entuitive

·         Civil Engineer: Counterpoint Civil

·         Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Quasar

500 MacNab (Ken Soble Tower) – Best Global Green Project

500 MacNab (Ken Soble Tower) is the largest multi-residential Passive House retrofit (EnerPHit) in the world.

Originally built in 1967, the 18-storey, 80,000 square-foot, 146-unit affordable seniors’ housing complex is one of the most ambitious social-housing transformations in the country, paving the way for the nation’s aging housing supply to secure a healthy, resilient future for thousands of Canadians.

The integrated consultant team, predicted that on completion, this building’s annual heating energy demand would decrease 91%, annual primary energy demand would decrease 78%, and greenhouse gas emissions would decrease 94%. In the end, performance predictions were exceeded. You can dive deeper into this project here.

This project’s impact reaches beyond construction. 500 MacNab (Ken Soble Tower) is a sustainable and innovative way to provide livable homes for the community,” adds Marc. “This accomplishment reflects the expert rigor, best practices and collaborative efforts between CityHousing Hamilton, ERA Architects, PCL and our consultants and trade partners. Congratulations to the entire team.”

The record-setting project team includes:

·         Project Owner: CityHousing Hamilton

·         Lead Architect, Interiors and Landscape Design: ERA Architects

·         Construction Manager: PCL Construction

·         Structural and Building Envelope Consultant: Entuitive

·         Mechanical Consultant: Reinbold engineering group

·         Electrical Consultant: Nemetz (S/A) & Associates Ltd.

·         Passive House Consultant: JMV Consulting & Transsolar

·         Third-Party Passive House Cer­tifier: Herz & Lang GmbH

·         Building Envelope Testing: Engineering Link

·         Commissioning Consultant: CFMS Consulting Inc. 


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