The Student Blog gives a peek into student life at PCL.
Here’s what Thiago, an engineering student at PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto),
had to say about his experience.
On my first day of university, my aunt gave me a book with
this quote written in it:
“. . . you should
always have the audacity to act on any real and concrete ideas that can
contribute to reversing the process of dehumanization of the human being.”
I didn’t really understand this quote or know how I could
impact society until I started working at the Centre
for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) Phase 1C project. Watching my co-workers
build this project makes me understand what this quote really means: no matter
who you are or what you do, you can be a part of something that helps make a
difference. This project and the people who are building it are now a part of
Toronto’s history of mental health care.
The CAMH Phase 1C project is a complex portfolio of four
projects that are being developed simultaneously. The portfolio includes the construction
of two new buildings, the modification and restoration of the existing
buildings, and the addition of interfaces that will connect all buildings to
become a single structure.
CAMH will be one of the most modern mental health
institutions in the world, not only for the technology that is being
implemented but also because the buildings are designed to reflect how the
community can assist those in need and help destigmatize mental health. As a
link between old and new, the project will preserve part of the exterior
heritage wall that was built in phases dating back to 1852.
PCL Toronto is a member of the Plenary
Health team, and is responsible for the design-build requirements of the Phase
1C Redevelopment project. Being delivered under Infrastructure Ontario’s Public
Private Partnership (P3) model, the project is designed to LEED Gold certification
Finally, what makes CAMH even more special to me is the
people building it. This team of dedicated professionals have taught me lots of
lessons and helped me understand the importance of this project and the quote cited
by my aunt.
Thiago B. Maranhao