The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) awarded PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) and its partners with its 2018 Excellence in Green Building: New Construction Institutional Award for Humber River Hospital (HRH), in recognition of the team's leadership in delivering a new construction project that exemplifies the merits of 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," notes HRH president & CEO Barb Collins. "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 hospital's built environment is a case study for revolutionizing smart building and sustainable healthcare design. Incorporating digital integration and interoperability to reduce operating costs and carbon footprint, the 1.8--million-square-foot LEED Gold facility was design-built by PCL Toronto in just 43.5 months, boasting an unprecedented annual EUI target of 348 ekWh/m2, which is 47 percent lower than the Energy Star Portfolio Manager Canada target for hospitals, with 100 percent fresh air.
"As Canada's leading general contractor, PCL is committed to the pursuit of value and innovation to build our clients' vision," says Bruce Sonnenberg, PCL Toronto vice president and district manager. "We congratulate all partners involved in bringing Humber River Hospital's lean, green, and digital vision to life. 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."
Among other high-performing building innovations, the project features:
- ICAT infrastructure complete with an industry-leading middleware solution that integrates building automation and clinical care into a common network, and provides solutions at the users' fingertips;
- First-in-Canada use of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs);
- One of the world's largest View Dynamic Glass installations as a response to solar control;
- Sustainable offsite construction techniques, with modular components manufactured in PCL's own in-house manufacturing facility.
"I am very pleased to congratulate this year's CaGBC Leadership and Green Building Excellence Award winners," says Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. "This year we decided to raise the bar by adding additional recognition awards for exceptional projects and the results are clear: Canada is home to many of the world's leading green buildings and innovators."
The award was presented at CaGBC's national conference held at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto on June 6, 2018. The Building Lasting Change with WorldGBC Congress program examines what is happening in Canada and around the world to meet aggressive international carbon emissions targets through innovative solutions and transformative leadership in the building industry.