CCPPP announces 2022 Awards for Innovation and Excellence in P3s

Infrastructure – Gold Award: Gatineau 2, Library and Archives Canada
Infrastructure – Gold Award: Gatineau 2, Library and Archives Canada

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) has announced the 2022 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in public-private partnerships in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

Awards will be presented at P3 2022, the 30th anniversary of CCPPP’s annual conference, on Nov. 21 and the winner of the 2022 Champion Award will be presented Nov. 22.

“We’re excited to welcome back our National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in P3s to a live presentation at our 30th anniversary conference,” said Lisa Mitchell, CCPPP’s president and CEO. “This year, the projects being honoured are transforming our communities, from building state-of-the-art high schools and hospitals to bringing critical broadband service to rural and remote citizens.

“These seven projects demonstrate the continuing evolution and resiliency of the P3 model in delivering best-in-class infrastructure for Canadians that is innovative and cost effective.”

The winners are:

Project Development – Gold Award: P3 Schools Bundle #2, Alberta

Partners: Alberta Infrastructure, Concert Infrastructure and partners Bird Construction, Wright Construction, and Ainsworth

  • The $300.3-million project is the first ever P3 schools bundle in Alberta comprised exclusively of high schools.
  • Using a design-build-finance-maintain P3 will save an estimated $114.5 million over the 30-year life cycle of the project compared to a traditional build contract.

highspeed internetProject Development – Silver Award: Accelerated High Speed Internet Program, Ontario

Partners: Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure, Infrastructure Ontario, Bell Canada, Bragg Communications, Cogeco Connexion, Community Network Partners, Eh!Tel Networks Inc., North Frontenac Telephone Company, Rogers Communications Canada Inc., and Xplore Inc.

  • $1.25-billion project is the first of its kind to execute a large-scale electronic reverse auction in Canada with the goal of connecting up to 266,000 of the hardest to reach homes and businesses across Ontario.

grandviewProject Development – Award of Merit: Grandview Children’s Treatment Centre Redevelopment Project, Ontario

Partners: Infrastructure Ontario, Grandview Children’s Centre, and Children First Consortium (Amico Design Build Inc. and Sacyr Construction S.A)

  • Currently in the development phase, the new four-storey, 94,733 sq. ft. building will serve as the new headquarters for Grandview Kids.

Infrastructure – Gold Award: Gatineau 2, Library and Archives Canada

Partners: Library and Archives Canada and Plenary Properties Gatineau (Plenary Americas and PCL Investments Canada Inc.)

  • The $330-million (NPV) new preservation storage facility, built as part of the Gatineau 2 project, reached substantial completion in June 2022.
  • It’s the first net-zero carbon building dedicated to archival preservation in the Americas and is the largest facility of its kind in the world equipped with a high-tech automated storage and retrieval system.

highway 7Infrastructure – Silver Award: Highway 7 West Bus Rapid Transit, Ontario

Partners: York Region Rapid Transit Corporation and EDCO (EllisDon Civil Ltd. and Green Infrastructure Partners Inc.)

  • $333.2-million project delivered a 12.6-kilometre bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor in Vaughan and Richmond Hill, connecting to the 34-kilometre BRT network serving York Region.
  • The system, delivered on time and on budget, included the construction of 20 centre-median station platforms, a unique multi-use path on the Highway 7 bridge over Highway 400 and enhanced streetscaping.

Infrastructure – Award of Merit: Royal Inland Hospital – Phil & Jennie Gaglardi Tower, British Columbia

Partners: Infrastructure BC, Interior Health Authority, and EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare

  • $417-million, 300,000 sq. foot patient care tower at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.
  • During construction, the project faced a number of extraordinary challenges caused by the pandemic, wildfires and extensive flooding caused by the 2021 atmospheric rivers – impacting resources, supply chain logistics, workflows, and budgets.

Service Delivery – Award of Merit: Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Ontario

Partners: Infrastructure Ontario, Halton Healthcare Services Corp., and Hospital Infrastructure Partners (Carillion Canada Inc., EllisDon Corp. and Fengate Capital Management Ltd.)

  • $2-billion DBFM hospital project remains one of the largest infrastructure projects in Ontario
  • LEED®Gold  facility, with 457 beds and shelled-in space to facilitate 602 beds by 2023, is equipped with multiple smart technology enhancements and opened on time and on budget and demonstrates resiliency of the P3 model, continuing despite the global collapse of initial consortium partner Carillion Canada Inc. in 2018.
  • EllisDon stepped in at short notice and took over 100 per cent responsibility for the 30-year management of the hospital’s facilities and services.


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