PCL Constructors Canada (Toronto) has reported that two of its projects ave achieved LEED Silver certification through the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).
“Our team was able to maximize value for our clients and achieve a higher level of intended certification,” PCL executive vice-president Chris Gower said in a statement. “This stands as a testament to the value of strong partnerships and close collaboration, and I congratulate all of our project partners for this achievement.”
The projects include Bridgepoint Hospital and the St. Catharines site.
Bridgepoint Hospital is the first hospital in Toronto to receive LEED Silver certification. It is 30 per cent more energy-efficient than a building designed according to standard building code. Moreover, the hospital has environmentally-friendly features such as a smart irrigation system that is connected to local weather stations, reintroduced native plants to the hospital landscaping, and efficient and innovative washroom fixtures.
Other highlights include a high-performance heat recovery system, air conditioning system and high-efficiency boilers; at least 15 per cent of the materials used to construct the facility contain recycled content; and 98 percent of the site’s construction materials were diverted from landfill.
Another project is the St. Catharines site, which is the first hospital in the Niagara region to receive LEED Silver certification. Its highlights include: high-performance building exterior, including a white roof that reduces heat island effect, keeping the interior temperature cooler in summer and warmer in winter; optimized energy performance including efficient lighting design and the extensive use of natural light throughout the building; and advanced ventilation recovery systems and high-efficiency boilers and chillers.
In addition, 20 per cent of construction materials for the project contain recycled content.
Both projects were delivered by PCL on time and on budget under the Government of Ontario’s Alternative Finance and Procurement (AFP) model, the company said.