(source: PCL Constructors)
PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) has announced that the Milton District Hospital (MDH) expansion has attained LEED Gold certification for new construction with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).
The 330,000 sq. ft. expansion at MDH, which opened on October 1, 2017, achieved the certification after earning 60 credits in the green building rating system.
“Energy and environmental conservation served as a guiding principle in the planning and design for this expansion. We were committed to pursuing sustainable design strategies, with a goal to achieve a minimum LEED Silver rating and are pleased to have surpassed our original goal by meeting the requirements to achieve Gold certification,” explained Bill Bailey, Halton Healthcare’s senior vice president of Redevelopment and Facilities in a media release.
Halton Healthcare worked in partnership with Infrastructure Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Plenary Health on the redevelopment project, which included the relocation and expansion of the Emergency Department, Surgical Services, Medical/Surgical Inpatient Units, Intensive Care Unit, Maternal Newborn Department, Diagnostic Imaging and support services including kitchen and central sterilization.
Gold certification reflects the considerable energy efficiency and sustainable features that went into the design and construction of the expansion, including:
- More than 86% of construction and demolition waste diverted from landfill
- High efficiency faucets, toilets, showers and urinals installed to reduce water consumption
- Low-VOC materials including paints, adhesives, coatings, sealants and flooring
- Mechanical systems that do not use ozone depleting refrigerants to cool the building
- Automated window shades and building systems for thermal comfort
- A combination of vegetated roof and reflective roofing materials
- Designated parking spots with charging stations for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles
In March 2015, Plenary Health was awarded the contract to design, build, finance and maintain the hospital’s expansion with PCL Construction breaking ground on the project in early Spring. Throughout the 25 months of construction, 600 workers contributed to the project’s industry-leading safety record. The project achieved total completion within seven months of substantial completion.
“As Canada’s leading general contractor, PCL is known for achieving and exceeding our partners’ sustainable goals for their projects,” said Kelly Wallace, vice president and district manager at PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto). “With a shared commitment to reducing carbon footprint and improving quality of life, we were honoured to build Halton Healthcare’s vision for Milton District Hospital, and congratulate everyone involved in creating a successful outcome that will enable the hospital to provide exemplary patient experiences for years to come.”
The major partners involved in delivering the project under Infrastructure Ontario’s Alternative Financing and Procurement delivery model include: