Global Recognition for Two P3 Projects Built by PCL Construction

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Toronto – Buildings & Civil Construction

Toronto, ON (July 11, 2016) – The PCL family of companies is pleased to announce that two of its projects have been recognized by Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine’s Global Best Project Awards, an annual competition that highlights teamwork and overcoming hurdles of designing and building internationally.

“It is a tremendous honor for two of PCL’s projects to be recognized from across the global construction industry, and I congratulate all of our partners whose collaborative efforts resulted in the successful outcomes of the Humber River Hospital and Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre projects,” said PCL president and CEO, Paul Douglas.

Industry veterans selected 23 projects hailing from 15 different countries and five continents as outstanding examples of designing and building internationally. The judges looked at projects in many markets and examined safety performance, innovations, challenges, and design and construction quality - with a special emphasis on the diversity of global project teams and their collaboration.

“The fact that two PCL projects were recognized amongst the outstanding accomplishments constructed across the world over the past year demonstrates our commitment to being the most respected builder, renowned for excellence, leadership and unsurpassed value,” adds Douglas.

As a design-build leader, PCL managed an intensely collaborative environment, methodically addressing each requirement through coordination of consultants, subcontractors and specialty providers for all phases of project delivery. Both projects were delivered on time and on budget in partnership with Infrastructure Ontario through an alternative financing and procurement (AFP) model, which uses private financing and expertise to strategically build quality infrastructure, on time and on budget, leading North America as the most advanced and active market for public-private partnerships.

“As one of North America’s most prolific P3 constructors, our track record demonstrates that we bring together the strongest, most capable design teams, subcontractors, financiers, operators and facilities managers, based on a best-in-class model, resulting in an innate ability to build faster, at a more cost effective price, while never compromising quality or safety,” shares Douglas.

The awards will be presented at the ENR Global Best Projects Awards on October 11 in New York City.


PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of $8.5 billion, making PCL one of the largest contracting organizations in North America. Watch us build at


Liisa Morley
Communications Specialist
PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto)                                                          


At 1.8 million square feet, Humber River Hospital is one of Canada’s largest acute care hospitals, serving a catchment area of more than 850,000 people in the northwest Greater Toronto Area. The Hospital’s goal for the project was to create a facility driven by efficiency where staff and physicians could deliver the highest level of patient and familycentered care in an environment so revolutionized that it would be recognized as the most energy efficient, fullydigital acute care hospital in North America. The design of the new hospital takes inspiration from the architecture of Toronto, following clean rectilinear lines and using primarily glass, metal panel, precast concrete and masonry. The most prominent form of the hospital is the 14storey inpatient tower which has a patient capacity of 656 beds. The new facility also offers 2,000 parking spaces in two separate parking garages. The South Plaza acts as the centerpiece of the entire campus. The terraced plaza supports community gathering and features outdoor seating and curved amphitheaterlike retaining walls. Adjacent to the plaza is the main dropoff area, which is organized into Portals of Care. This concept assigns each clinic its own distinct space and entrance. The clinics act as individual neighborhoods, preventing patients and visitors from walking through endless corridors to reach a destination. Humber River’s vision of “Lean, Green, and Digital” design permeates every aspect of the new hospital. Innovations include smart bed technology; robotic technology for certain surgical procedures; automated laboratory processing; the first use of AutomatedGuided Vehicles in Canadian healthcare that deliver supplies; and bedside computer screens that allow patients to control their environments and communicate with physicians and staff. For more information, visit

"As the design-builder on the Plenary Health Partnerships team, PCL delivered Humber River Hospital’s vision of being Lean, Green and Digital, delivering North America’s most advanced digital hospital on time, and on budget. The PCL team worked closely with the consulting team and hospital staff to complete design development and commence construction on a “fast track” basis, completing construction of this 1.8 million square foot showpiece in 43.5 months. PCL is without a doubt, North America’s most accomplished healthcare constructor."
Mike Marasco, CEO, Plenary Concessions

Highlights of the Best Global Healthcare Project

  • ​The facility is positioned to be the most energy efficient hospital in North America.
  • Built to achieve LEED Silver certification, the facility boasts unprecedented energy targets, 40% higher than ASHRAE 90.1 standards, including 100% fresh air.
  • Incorporation of complete digital integration and interoperability into building functionality, including fully converged Information, Communications and Automation Technology (ICAT) infrastructure and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs).
  • Like transition sunglasses for a building, the hospital boasts the largest electrochromic glass installation in the world, which uses less energy and enhances infection prevention and control.
  • PCL's agile thinking led to a solution that reduced project critical path through utilization of​industry-leading virtual construction technology and offsite modular construction techniques to prefabricate and install 360 patient washrooms and telecommunications/data rooms.
  • Impressive safety record with over 5 million hours worked without a lost time injury.

Project Team:

  • ​Owner: Humber River Hospital
  • Lead Sponsor and Financial Arranger: Plenary Group
  • Equity Investors: Plenary Group and Innisfree​​
  • Design-Builder: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
  • Architect: HDR Architecture Associates Inc.
  • Facilities Management: Johnson Controls
  • Structural Consultant: WSP Canada Inc.
  • Mechanical/Electrical Consultant: Smith + Andersen
  • Mechanical Contractor: Modern Niagara Toronto Inc.
  • Electrical Contractor: Plan Electric
  • Civil Engineer: A.M. Candaras Associates Inc.


A legacy of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan American Games (TO2015), the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) is co-owned by the University of Toronto (UofT) and the City of Toronto in a unique partnership and is a hub of activity and collaboration for UofT students, members of the community, and high performance athletes, underpinned by a shared value of a healthy, active lifestyle. This state-of-the-art building was the largest new-build sports facility purpose-built for TO2015, and is considered one of the largest investments in Canadian amateur sport history. At 393,628 square-feet, it includes seating for 8,000 spectators, two internationally sanctioned 10-lane 50-metre pools, a 5-metre deep diving tank, a four-court gymnasium, an indoor walking/running track, a climbing wall, conditioning rooms, a high performance testing centre, studio spaces, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. In addition to hosting the Pan Am Games and providing facilities for University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) students and community members, the sports centre is home to the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, the leading high performance sports organization in the province, and Wheelchair Basketball Canada's National Academy. In addition, Diving Plongeon Canada, Swimming Canada, Synchro Canada and Water Polo Canada have moved components of their training programs to the facility. For more information, visit

“The result of an innovative partnership, TPASC demonstrates that universities, cities, corporations, and their communities can do remarkable things together. The collaborative work PCL and other partners performed on this building is special for many reasons: as an outstanding example of sustainability and accessibility, as a game changer in sports infrastructure in the GTA, and as a host to high-performance sport events and training. I am very proud of the fact that we have given our students and our community the best possible facility for athletics, recreation and wellness.”
Prof. Bruce Kidd, Vice President and Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough

Highlights of the Global Award of Merit – Sports/Entertainment

  • ​The project was completed following an aggressive 24-month schedule, enabling the facility to begin operations and complete testing events one year prior to the Games.
  • PCL brought in team members from Denver and Minneapolis to assist with pool construction which was sealed off from the rest of the building due to the corrosive nature of pool chemicals and humidity levels.
  • A fully suspended scaffold system over the pool area allowed work on the upper level to be completed at the same time as below.  
  • The building has a closed-loop ground source heat pump system controlled through six modular heat pump chillers, interconnected with the heating and cooling systems.
  • With an initial target of achieving LEED Silver for the facility, PCL, in partnership with Halsall Associates, was able to maximize value to achieve an even higher level of intended certification, LEED Gold.
  • Built to the highest standards of accessibility, from entrances and pathways to dressing rooms, lockers, washrooms and showers.

Project Team:

  • ​Sponsors: City of Toronto, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canadian Federal Government (with stewardship by Pan Am 2015)
  • Developer & Design Builder: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
  • Architect: NORR Ltd. & Counsilman-Hunsaker
  • Structural Consultant: WSP Canada Inc.
  • Mechanical & Electrical Consultant: Smith + Andersen
  • Mechanical Contractor: Urban Mechanical
  • Electrical Contractor: Plan Electric
  • Civil Engineer: A.M. Candaras Associates Inc.​