Humber River Hospital wins award for LEED innovation

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) was honoured to accept the Greater Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC-GTC)’s Innovation in LEED Award for Humber River Hospital – New Construction Core & Shell at the Chapter’s gala and awards ceremony.

Humber River Hospital, Plenary Group, LEED, PCL
Humber River Hospital, image via Plenary Group

Each year, the CaGBC-GTC hosts its annual Innovation Awards program, selected by a panel of experts, to distinguish individuals in the green building industry, as well as projects in Southern Ontario which go above and beyond the normal scope of LEED.

In collaboration with an expert team of partners, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto), as part of the Plenary Health Partnerships team, designed and built the Humber River Hospital vision of a building that maximizes technology, lean design and environmental planning, as characterized by the hospital’s three guiding principles: lean, green, and digital.

The most energy efficient, fully‐digital acute care hospital in North America, Humber River Hospital’s built environment is revolutionizing sustainable healthcare design. Incorporating digital integration and interoperability to reduce operating costs and carbon footprint, the 1.8M sq. ft. facility was design-built by PCL and partners in just 43.5 months, boasting an unprecedented annual EUI of 348 ekWh/m2, which is 47% lower than the Energy Star Portfolio Manager Canada target for hospitals, with 100% fresh air. The build incorporates ICAT infrastructure, first-in-Canada use of Automated Guided Vehicles, one of the world’s largest dynamic glass installations, and included sustainable offsite modular construction techniques.

“Surpassing the project’s intended LEED Silver classification to achieve LEED Gold is a testament to the entire collaborative team’s relentless pursuit of achieving unprecedented energy efficiency targets to reduce the carbon footprint of the Humber River Hospital and create a facility that balances energy efficiency and innovative technology, enabling the hospital to focus on its core business of providing exemplary patient care,” said Bruce Macpherson, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) Project Director.

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