PCL completes long-term care home build in 13 months
By Adam FreillConstruction Institutional
Lakeridge Health Accelerated Build project to build Lakeridge Gardens highlights value of collaborative partnerships.
Lakeridge Health, Infrastructure Ontario and PCL Construction have celebrated a culmination of milestone events for Lakeridge Gardens, a new long-term care home located next to Ajax Pickering Hospital in Ajax, Ont.
On March 2, Lakeridge Health, PCL Construction, and Infrastructure Ontario marked the substantial performance milestone. A major accomplishment, substantial performance signifies the completion of all major construction and that the home’s keys have been handed over to Lakeridge Health to operate.
Just last month, Lakeridge Health unveiled the home’s name, Lakeridge Gardens, after completing a community consultation that included feedback and perspectives from over 600 Durham Region residents.
“Lakeridge Gardens’ progress over the last year, and especially in the last few weeks, has been a remarkable achievement,” said Cynthia Davis, president and CEO of Lakeridge Health. “Our partnerships with PCL Construction, Infrastructure Ontario, local and provincial governments, the Durham Region community, and countless other skilled workers, tradespeople, and team members made this possible.”
To showcase the innovative collaboration behind the project and to provide insight into the strategy that enabled the home to be built in months instead of years, PCL Construction released a short video and timeline documenting the project.
“Collaboration is key to success on any project, but the outcomes achieved on the Lakeridge Health Accelerated Build project truly personify what strong partnerships can achieve,” said Marc Pascoli, vice-president and district manager with PCL Constructors Canada Inc. “The successful outcome on this project is only possible thanks to the dedicated efforts of every individual who committed to the goal of delivering Ontario’s first accelerated build project in only 13 months, as promised.”
The project adds 320 long-term care beds to the Durham Region.
“We are deeply privileged to have worked with partners to create the accelerated build program in order to quickly deliver much needed long-term care infrastructure,” said Michael Lindsay, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario. “Through a range of accelerated measures such as modular construction, rapid procurement and the use of hospital lands, we have been able to successfully build this facility faster than the traditional timeline.”
With the home’s opening planned for late March, Lakeridge Gardens will provide Durham seniors with care and comfort in a modern environment that is connected to a campus of care operated by Lakeridge Health.