The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has presented PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) and its partners with the 2018 Excellence in Green Building: New Construction Institutional Award for Humber River Hospital (HRH). The award recognizes PCL’s leadership in delivering a new construction project that demonstrates excellence in sustainable building.
“On behalf of our partners, we are grateful to the CaGBC for celebrating the outcomes of our vision for Humber River Hospital which was designed and built on three core principles: Lean, Green and Digital,” said Barb Collins, HRH president and CEO, in a press release. “This award is a testament to the tremendous collaborative efforts of our hospital, compliance team, Plenary Group and design-build partners led by PCL who delivered our vision for North America’s first fully digital hospital.”
The LEED Gold facility’s built environment is a case study on how smart building and sustainable healthcare design have been revolutionized. Featuring digital integration and interoperability to cut down on operating costs and lower the facility’s carbon footprint, the 1.8 million square foot hospital was design-built by PCL Toronto in just 43.5 months, with an unprecedented annual EUI target of 348 ekWh/m2. This is 47 per cent below the Energy Star Portfolio Manager Canada target for hospitals, with 100 per cent fresh air.
The hospital also features ICAT infrastructure complete with an industry-leading middleware solution that integrates building automation and clinical care into a common network; first-in-Canada use of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs); one of the world’s largest View Dynamic Glass installations for solar control; and sustainable offsite construction techniques, with modular components manufactured in PCL’s in-house manufacturing facility.
“We congratulate all partners involved in bringing Humber River Hospital’s lean, green and digital vision to life,” said Bruce Sonnenberg, PCL Toronto vice president and district manager. “The result of our combined efforts is a smart hospital that balances energy efficiency and intelligent building technology to support healthcare professionals in providing exemplary patient care, in an environment that promotes wellness.”
The award was presented to PCL at CaGBC’s national conference, which was held at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto on June 6.