Groundbreaking ceremony marks construction start at South Niagara Hospital

Ontario Construction News staff writer

EllisDon joined Niagara Health, the Niagara Health Foundation, and members of the provincial government July 18 at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new South Niagara hospital.

“We are thrilled to begin construction on the highly anticipated South Niagara hospital project. As demand for healthcare increases throughout the Niagara region, we are proud to help construct this critical piece of infrastructure that will feature advanced services and employ emerging healthcare technologies that will best serve the needs of community residents,” Andrew Anderson, EllisDon’s senior vice-president and Toronto area manager, said in a statement.

In February 2023, EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare was awarded the contract to design, build, finance and maintain the new South Niagara hospital. The 1.3-million-sq. ft. structure will hold up to 469 single patient bedrooms and offer a full scope of services including emergency, critical care, surgical and therapeutic care, as well as several centres of excellence specializing in stroke, complex care, and wellness in aging.

“The beginning of construction initiates numerous activities, including crucial foundational work that affects the building long term,” says Colin Flock, senior. vice-president, EllisDon Facilities Services. “Our team is excited to play an active role from the start of design through operations. We proactively minimize risks from day one to ensure effective, efficient, and optimized performance by leveraging cutting-edge technology, processes, and our healthcare facility expertise.”

The hospital will be designed and built to meet the Canada Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards. In addition, the project is working towards being the first WELL®-certified hospital in Canada focused on sustainable health and well-being of their staff, patients, and volunteers.

Construction is expected to last about five years.


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