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June 7, 2018

PCL Wins Excellence in Green Building Award for Humber River Hospital

Toronto, ON (June 7, 2018) – 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 1.8M 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 per cent lower than the Energy Star Portfolio Manager Canada target for hospitals, with 100 per cent 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.”

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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’ finger tips;
  • 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.

For more information on developing the most energy efficient, fully-digital acute care hospital in North America, consult this case study: Humber River Hospital – A Model for SustainableHealthcare Design​.


PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centres. Backed by PCL’s 112-year legacy, and with more than four decades of experience in Southwestern Ontario’s dynamic construction market, the Toronto office is PCL’s largest district with more than 600 of the construction industry’s most-talented professionals and an annual construction volume of more than $1.0B. For more information, visit Connect with us on: LinkedInTwitterFacebookYouTubeInstagram.


Humber River Hospital is one of Canada’s largest acute care hospitals, serving a catchment area of more than 850,000 people in the northwest Greater Toronto Area. North America’s first fully digital hospital, it is located at Keele Street and Highway 401 in northwest Toronto. With a capacity of 656 acute inpatient beds, including 48 critical care beds, the hospital has 3,400 staff, approximately 600 physicians with privileges, and over 500 volunteers. The hospital has formal affiliations with the University of Toronto and Queen’s University Medical Schools. A number of Humber River’s programs and services have been, and remain, recognized provincially, nationally and internationally. For more information, visit


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