Lakeridge Health, Infrastructure Ontario, and PCL Construction celebrated substantial performance at Lakeridge Health last week, signifying completion of all major construction and opening the doors for Lakeridge Health to operate the facility.
“Collaboration is key to success on any project, but the outcomes achieved on the Lakeridge Health Accelerated Build project truly personify what strong partnerships can achieve,” Marc Pascoli, vice-president and district manager, PCL Constructors Canada Inc., said in a statement.
“To our design and construction partners who worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to provide long-term care residents with a modern, comfortable, and safe place to call home, thank you for stepping up to the challenge with us.
“The successful outcome on this project is only possible thanks to the dedicated efforts of every individual who committed to the goal of delivering Ontario’s first Accelerated Build project in only 13 months, as promised.”
At its peak, the project saw just over 600 skilled workers a day. This equals 4,800 working hours per day and a significant economic boost to our community and the province.
“On behalf of the entire design team, G architects and Parkin Architects would like to express how proud our team is to have been a part of this project, and how grateful we are to have had an opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the access to care for elders at Lakeridge Health and in Durham Region,” said Matt Galvin, Partner, G architects. “We would also like to take the opportunity to recognize the effort of the many architects, engineers, and design professionals who worked around the clock to support the success of PCL Construction and their sub-trades.
“This tremendous milestone could not have been achieved without the coordinated efforts of the design team, PCL Construction, the Lakeridge Health team, Infrastructure Ontario, the Town of Ajax, and Ministry of Long-Term Care officials; the efforts from all are inspiring.”
To showcase the innovative collaboration behind the project and to provide insight into the strategy that enabled the home to be built in months instead of years, PCL Construction released a short documentary along with a complementary timeline.
“Lakeridge Gardens’ progress over the last year, and especially in the last few weeks, has been a remarkable achievement,” said Cynthia Davis, President and CEO of Lakeridge Health. “Our partnerships with PCL Construction, Infrastructure Ontario, local and provincial governments, the Durham Region community, and countless other skilled workers, tradespeople, and team members made this possible.”
With the home’s opening planned for late March, Lakeridge Gardens will provide Durham seniors with care and comfort in a modern environment that is connected to a campus of care operated by Lakeridge Health.
“We are deeply privileged to have worked with partners to create the accelerated build program in order to quickly deliver much needed long-term care infrastructure,” said Michael Lindsay, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario.
“Through a range of accelerated measures such as modular construction, rapid procurement and the use of hospital lands, we have been able to successfully build this facility faster than the traditional timeline. This project is a resonant example of what can be achieved when innovation, modern solutions, and great partnerships come together.”