PCL wins $135-million Heart Institute expansion contract

PCL Constructors Canada Inc. has been awarded a $135-million contract to build the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s Cardiac Life Support Services Redevelopment Project.

The announcement, made Friday by the Heart Institute and Infrastructure Ontario, comes after a procurement process the institute called “fair and competitive.” It said the PCL bid provided the best value for Ontario taxpayers.

The contract came with a fixed price and set delivery date, according to a release issued by Infrastructure Ontario and the Heart Institute.

“A very important milestone has been announced today as we are one step closer to getting shovels in the ground and bringing the Ottawa Heart Institute's expansion to life,” Heart Institute president and CEO Dr. Thierry Mesana said in a statement. “This important project will not only become the physical platform of our ongoing research vitality and outstanding patient care, but it will provide our teams with a unique state-of-the-art work environment.”

PCL will begin work on the project immediately, with 90 to 95 per cent of the labour coming from the Ottawa area, the company said. At the peak of construction, about 150 workers are expected to be on site.

New construction at the site will include four floors that will allow expansion of clinical and in-patient services as well as additional support services. The construction will add about 146,000 square feet to the facility to be used for cardiac catheterization, surgery and intensive care units.

The redevelopment part of the contract will see about 60,000 square feet renovated to provide support services and relocate and expand the cardiac imaging suite.