Rogers Centre reno, UHN critical infrastructure project recognized with Toronto Construction Association awards

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Toronto Construction Association recognized PCL Constructors Canada with project achievement awards for University Health Network’s (UHN) Critical Infrastructure Reliability project and phase one of the Rogers Centre Renovation project.

Award were presented at TCA’s 156th Annual General Meeting and Best of the Best Awards Presentation Feb. 27 at the Richmond Hill Country Club.

Awards recognize the outstanding contribution of individuals and companies in the construction industry. The Project Achievement Awards pay tribute to those who raise the bar in terms of professional excellence, unique teamwork, dedication, innovation and leadership.

Best of the Best Medium Project Achievement Award:

The University Health Network’s Critical Infrastructure Reliability Project plays a fundamental role in UHN’s vision to maintain sustainable and safe hospitals for patients, healthcare professionals and families.

Tasked to improve the reliability of the emergency power system at UHN’s Toronto Western Hospital, PCL Toronto’s special projects team made needed-upgrades to mission-critical backup power equipment. With the entrance to the construction site adjacent to Toronto Western Hospital’s emergency department, ensuring minimal disruptions to hospital operations was crucial.

With “rigorous planning, meticulous design and the collaboration of trade partners” the team manufactured and installed a 153-foot exhaust stack and two new generators that will support efficient and reliable healthcare infrastructure for years to come.

“As a community builder at heart, being presented with a Best of the Best Award for such an important project like University Health Network’s Toronto Western Hospital brings us so much pride,” said Monique Buckberger, vice president and district manager for PCL Toronto. “A sincere thank you goes to University Health Network, our consultants and trade partners who stepped up to the challenge and were dedicated to completing this project.”

Best of the Best Large Project Achievement Award:

The Toronto Blue Jays (TBJ) officially unveiled the newly transformed Rogers Centre in April 2023 following a complex, fast-track renovation completed in just six months.

The $300 million multi-year renovation that would transform Rogers Centre from a stadium into a ballpark through a series of projects focused on modernizing the fan experience and building world-class player facilities. This intricate renovation project involved approximately 14 individual projects rolled into one.

PCL and trade partners completed a six-month accelerated construction schedule to bring the Toronto Blue Jays’ vision and Populous’ design to life.

“As I reflect on the journey of this unique project, what consistently comes to mind is simply the pace of construction. Within just six months of construction, the amount of work put in place was incredible,” Buckberger said. “From the unwavering support of the Toronto Blue Jays to the determination of the project team, trade partners and consultants, everyone was invested in the vision and were dedicated to making this project a success. They have truly contributed to the legacy of the Rogers Centre and should be extremely proud of this accomplishment.”

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