Ontario Construction News staff writer
Here’s a minute-long time lapse video of the construction of the The Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital (formerly known as Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital), which achieved substantial completion on Aug. 26.
Mackenzie Health leadership, government officials and project partners celebrated the milestone on Sept. 18 of the first net new hospital to be built in Ontario in more than 30 years.
Now that construction is mostly complete, several months of work are ahead to ensure the hospital is ready to provide patient care. When it opens in early 2021, the new hospital will double access to care for the communities of Vaughan, King and Richmond Hill, and add necessary capacity to the health care system.
“Substantial completion of Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital is a remarkable achievement and a reflection of the incredible work and dedication of our team and partners in moving us toward our two-hospital future,” said Mackenzie Health president and CEO Altaf Stationwala. “Our vision to increase access to safe, quality care for residents across southwest York Region will soon become a reality.”
Construction started in October 2016. The project was delivered by Plenary Health, along with partners PCL Constructors Canada Inc., Stantec and Johnson Controls.
“On behalf of the Plenary Health team we are thrilled to hand the site over to Mackenzie Health so they can transform this smart building into a hospital,” said Kelly Wallace, vice-president and district manager, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
“The passionate pursuit of a shared vision motivated us to overcome any challenge, and I’d like to commend over 1,000 women and men whose commitment to safety enabled us to complete this hospital for the community during a global pandemic, with over three million hours worked without a lost time injury.”
To date, the provincial government has invested $1.3 billion for construction of the project. An additional $178 million has been raised from the community to date as part of Mackenzie Health Foundation’s $250 million Ultimate campaign.
Video hyperlink https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4rwz414Mfc&feature=youtu.be