Two state-of-the-art healthcare facilities with one common goal – driving change through excellence in sustainable building. PCL Constructors Canada Inc. has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED®) Certification for The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital. 

Toronto, Ontario (October 13, 2022) – Design-built by PCL Constructors Canada Inc., the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) McCain Complex Care and Recovery Centre and the Crisis and Critical Care Building and Mackenzie Health’s Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital received LEED® Certification, one of Canada’s most prestigious accreditations in sustainability excellence and green building leadership.

“Congratulations to all our clients, consultants and partners on this incredible achievement,” said Marc Pascoli, PCL Toronto’s senior vice president and district manager. “Achieving LEED® Certification for these complex P3 projects demonstrate the strength in the collaborative relationships we have built with CAMH, Mackenzie Health and our partners and our commitment to a shared vision of a sustainable future.”

“Achieving LEED® in health care adds to the complexity of both the design and construction. On the design side, we often wrestle with architecture and energy models to find the right advanced energy systems and varied materials to hit the LEED® targets,” explained Stephen Montgomery, sustainability advisor, mechanical and electrical pursuits manager. “The resulting design contains more, and often times new, components, parts and building techniques that must have complete plans for procurement, quality, commissioning and turnover. The construction planning starts with design and does not end until the hospital is fully operational.”

Completed on schedule and on budget despite a global pandemic, the McCain Complex Care and Recovery Centre and the Crisis and Critical Care Building, Phase 1C of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) redevelopment project, and Mackenzie Health’s Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital were acknowledged by the Canada Green Building Council as high-performing, resilient buildings that prioritize sustainable practices.

“With the opening of the new McCain Complex Care and Recovery Centre and Crisis and Critical Care Building, we are revolutionizing mental health care by offering dignified spaces for CAMH patients to heal and recover,” said David Cunic, Vice President of Redevelopment at CAMH. “We are committed to not only providing quality care for patients, but also maximizing green spaces in urban settings and lessening our environmental impact demonstrating CAMH’s environmental stewardship and sustainable redevelopment practices.”

“We are proud to have opened our second hospital to support the western York Region community,” said David Stolte, Vice President of Strategy and Program Support Services at Mackenzie Health. “While Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital was designed through the eyes of the patient to support their healing process, many of the features we incorporated also demonstrate Mackenzie Health’s commitment to environmental leadership. Green roofs, large windows along with courtyards and walkways that showcase natural, green spaces make a positive impact on our environment.”

CAMH Phase 1C is Green on Queen

Both the McCain Complex Care and Recovery Centre and the Crisis and Critical Care Building are positioned prominently on CAMH’s Queen Street frontage, bringing these LEED® Gold-certified buildings into focus on Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital. The redevelopment project earned 66 points under the LEED® v2009 New Construction Rating System. Preserving green spaces and environmental stewardship were crucial to CAMH’s ‘Green on Queen’ vision for the new buildings. Highlights include:

·         17,000-square meter green roof and vegetated space accounts for 62% of the site area, which is unique to projects of this size.

·         Drought tolerant plants and high-efficiency irrigation system that reduce potable water consumption for irrigation by 100%.

·         Responsibly harvested wood throughout the building, with 98% of all wood materials certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

·         Furniture meeting specified chemical content and environmental attributes; a feature that exceeded LEED® Gold requirements and met LEED® v4 requirement.

·         Highly efficient building envelope focusing on minimizing thermal bridging and optimizing solar heat gains.

Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital Achieves Excellence in Green Design

While facing unanticipated challenges during the peak of the COVID-19 global pandemic in August 2020, PCL reached substantial completion on Mackenzie Health’s Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, the City of Vaughan’s first hospital and Ontario’s first net new hospital in the last 30 years. Embracing energy efficiency and sustainability in the hospital’s planning, design and construction, Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital achieved LEED® Silver certification earning 54 points. Highlights include:

·         Extensive visible green roofs enhance views from inside and outside the building and contribute to the project’s sustainability goals.

·         Larger patient room windows optimize energy performance and allow plenty of natural light.

·         90.39% of total waste diverted on the site during construction.

·         Low-emitting materials including adhesives, sealants, paints and flooring systems.

·         Landscaping with planting and hardscape materials, including terraced gardens with stone retaining walls.

About The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital and a world leading research centre in this field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental illness and addiction. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. For more information, please visit or follow @CAMHnews on Twitter.

About Mackenzie Health

Mackenzie Health is a dynamic regional health care provider. Mackenzie Health includes Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital and Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, each with a full-service emergency department, core services such as surgery, medicine and critical care along with specialized programs. Its community-based locations and services continue to provide additional support to western York Region. In March 2017, the organization received its second consecutive award of Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada for its commitment to safety and quality patient care. This is the highest rating a Canadian health care provider can receive. Guided by a vision to create a world-class health experience, Mackenzie Health has an unrelenting focus on the patient and is dedicated to patient needs now and in the future. Mackenzie Health is proud to serve western York Region, one of the fastest growing and most diverse communities in Canada with more than 550,000 residents. For more information, please visit  

About PCL Construction

PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in more than 30 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of more than $8 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Watch us build at

About LEED®

Issued by the Canada Green Building Council, LEED® is an international symbol of sustainability excellence and green building leadership. LEED® certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project was designed and built, or operated, to achieve high performance in six areas of human and environmental health: location & transportation, sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED® buildings are certified within four levels based on the building’s ability to lower carbon emissions, conserve resources and reduce operating costs through sustainable practices.