TORONTO — Seven projects including a bundle of high schools, a treatment centre redevelopment, hospitals and an archival storage facility from across the country were chosen as winners of the 2022 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships.
The awards, presented by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP), will be handed out in person this year at P3 2022, the 30th anniversary of the CCPPP’s annual conference which begins Nov. 21 in Toronto.
The winner of the 2022 Champion Award will be presented the following day.
The winners are:
Project Development – Gold Award: P3 Schools Bundle #2, Alberta
The $300.3-million project is the first-ever P3 schools bundle in Alberta comprised exclusively of high schools. Once completed in 2024, the state-of-the-art schools will serve almost 7,000 students in the municipalities of Blackfalds, Edmonton, Leduc and Langdon. In addition, using a design-build-finance-maintain P3 will save an estimated $114.5 million over the 30-year life cycle of the project compared to a traditional build contract. Partners include Alberta Infrastructure, Concert Infrastructure and partners Bird Construction, Wright Construction and Ainsworth.
Project Development – Silver Award: Accelerated High Speed Internet Program, Ontario
The $1.25-billion project is the first-of-its-kind to execute a large-scale electronic reverse auction in Canada designed to foster competition among national, regional and local Internet service providers with the goal of connecting up to 266,000 of the hardest to reach homes and businesses across Ontario with high-speed Internet by the end of 2025.
Partners on the project are the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure, Infrastructure Ontario, Bell Canada, Bragg Communications, Cogeco Connexion, Community Network Partners, Eh!Tel Networks Inc., North Frontenac Telephone Company, Rogers Communications Canada Inc. and Xplore Inc.
Project Development – Award of Merit: Grandview Children’s Treatment Centre Redevelopment Project, Ontario
The new four-storey facility will have a gross area of 94,733 square feet and will serve as the new headquarters for Grandview Kids as well as increase the centre’s ability to offer more services and serve a greater number of children and youth in Durham region. As part of the development phase, the consortium is hosting design workshops with the centre’s clinical and non-clinical staff, families and clients to get feedback on drawings and plans, which include input on the architecture, electrical, structural and mechanical design.
Partners include Infrastructure Ontario, Grandview Children’s Centre and the Children First Consortium (Amico Design Build Inc. and Sacyr Construction S.A).
Infrastructure – Gold Award: Gatineau 2, Library and Archives Canada
The $330-million state-of the-art new Preservation Storage Facility in Gatineau Que., built as part of the Gatineau 2 project, reached substantial completion in June 2022. It sits next to the existing Preservation Centre which is also undergoing improvements as part of the DBFOM project. The facility is the first net-
zero carbon building dedicated to archival preservation in the Americas and is the largest facility of its kind in the world equipped with a high-tech automated storage and retrieval system.
Partners include Library and Archives Canada and Plenary Properties Gatineau (Plenary Americas and PCL Investments Canada Inc.).
Infrastructure – Silver Award: Highway 7 West Bus Rapid Transit, Ontario
The $333.2-million project, which has been in service since 2019, delivered a 12.6-kilometre bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor in Vaughan and Richmond Hill, connecting to the 34-kilometre BRT network serving York Region’s growing urban centres. The system, which was delivered on time and on budget, included the construction of 20 centre-median station platforms, a unique multi-use path on the Highway 7 bridge over Highway 400 and enhanced streetscaping.
The partners on the project were York Region Rapid Transit Corporation and EDCO (EllisDon Civil Ltd. and Green Infrastructure Partners Inc.).
Infrastructure – Award of Merit: Royal Inland Hospital – Phil & Jennie Gaglardi Tower, British Columbia
The new $417-million, 300,000-square-foot patient care tower at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops houses new clinical, administrative and support spaces including a surgical suite and neonatal intensive care unit serving 220,000 residents of B.C.’s Thompson Cariboo Shuswap region. Under a single project agreement, the project used a DBFM model with a construction management agreement, resulting in an estimated savings of $64 million compared with a traditional procurement.
Partners on the project are Infrastructure BC, Interior Health Authority and EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare.
Service Delivery – Award of Merit: Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Ontario
The $2-billion DBFM hospital, which has been in operation since 2015, remains one of the largest infrastructure projects in Ontario. The LEED Gold facility, with 457 beds and shelled-in space to facilitate 602 beds by 2023, includes multiple smart technology enhancements. The project continued despite the global collapse of initial consortium partner Carillion Canada Inc. in 2018. EllisDon took over 100 per cent responsibility for the 30-year management of the hospital’s facilities and services.
The partners on the project are Infrastructure Ontario, Halton Healthcare Services Corp., and Hospital Infrastructure Partners (Carillion Canada Inc., EllisDon Corp. and Fengate Capital Management Ltd.).