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PCL breaks ground on University of Ottawa STEM Complex


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December 19, 2016 by On-Site Magazine

PCL Constructors Canada Inc. was part of the groundbreaking ceremony that kicked off construction of the new Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Complex for the University of Ottawa.
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“PCL Ottawa District is very excited and proud to be working with the team at the University of Ottawa to make this project a reality! We recognize what this new institution will provide by way of quality education, training, and research which will make a valuable contribution to the campus, and students who will see their learning experiences enriched,” said Kevin Skinner, vice president and district manager for PCL’s Ottawa operations. “PCL is encouraged by the fact that this new facility for postsecondary education will provide students with an area where they can achieve their academic and research objectives.”

The state-of-the-art STEM Complex will create a discovery district on campus; transform undergraduate STEM education; create new, groundbreaking research and replace outdated buildings that no longer meet infrastructure norms.

The $115 million STEM complex, which will become the core of the discovery district on the main campus, has been made possible thanks to a $51.5 million federal government grant from the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund and $6.4 million from the Province of Ontario. As the total contribution from federal sources can cover up to half (50 per cent) of the project’s eligible costs, the remaining funds will come from university sources.

Site preparation began in the summer of 2016, with construction beginning in the fall. To satisfy the federal funding requirements, the building will be substantially complete by April 2018.

Project Team:

  • Project Manager: CBRE Limited
  • Architect: Perkins + Will Canada
  • General Contractor: PCL Construction Leaders
  • Landscape Architect: Lashley & Associates
  • Mechanical / Electrical Engineer:Bouthillette Parizeau
  • Signage Consultant: Jaan Krusberg Design Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd.
  • Canada: Strategic Investment Fund
  • Infrastructure Ontario: BUILD ON