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Canada | ELLISDON CORP. – ST. JOSEPH'S REGIONAL MENTAL HEALTH CARE ELLISDON IS HELPING TO RESHAPE MENTAL HEALTHCARE IN ONTARIO. BY ERIC SLACK A New Approach to Health cross North America, construction and renovation projects are a major part of the changing landscape of the healthcare industry. EllisDon Corp. is a key player in many of those construction projects thanks to a long history of successfully delivering innovative solutions on healthcare and research projects. “Any prospective client, especially in healthcare, immediately knows of EllisDon,” says Brent Day, EllisDon’s Project Manager for the new Regional Mental Health Care facility in London, Ontario. “We have a high staff retention rate and are consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top employers, retaining the experience we’ve gained over the years from delivering many major healthcare projects.” Formed in 1951 and one of the largest Canadian contractors, EllisDon currently has about $5 billion in projects under way with offices in Canada, the United States and the United Arab Emirates. One of the most important sectors is healthcare, as the company is one of North America’s largest developers of new hospitals and healthcare facilities. A »The design/build project is scheduled for completion by December 2014. Healing the Mind A major project in the works is focused on mental healthcare facilities in London and St. Thomas, Ontario. St. Joseph’s Health Care and the province chose EllisDon to handle one of the largest construction projects ever in London because they felt EllisDon’s services and experience would benefit the effort to revolutionize mental healthcare in the region. The project broke ground in June and is scheduled for completion by December 2014. The project was a decade in the making. It is an $830 million, LEED Gold project that will result in a new 156-bed, 456,000-square-foot mental healthcare treatment center to replace the aging Regional Mental Health Care London. In addition, the project includes a spe- cialized 89-bed facility to replace an older building located at the Regional Mental Health Care St. Thomas. This smaller piece of the project will take place in St. Thomas, creating a forensic mental healthcare center to handle patients in the criminal justice system. Mental healthcare should see a remarkable improvement in the area because the new facilities will do away with institutional wards and common washrooms in favor of private rooms and plenty of natural light. Although there will only be 245 beds at the new facilities once the project is complete—which is well below the current 441-bed total—other regional facilities will help make up the difference. “The buildings will be cutting-edge in terms of the way they’re planned spatially and incorporate the latest design philosophy for psychiatric patient rehabilitation,” Day says. “We’re moving away from wards and instead will have three distinct areas referred to as the House, the Neighborhood and the Downtown. In broad terms, the House is where patients will reside. It contains several clusters of up to eight patient rooms with a nursing station as well as lounges and eating areas. “For treatment, they go to the Neighborhood where doctor’s offices and therapy rooms are located,” he adds. “When patients have pro- gressed in treatment, they can go Downtown, which will simulate the experience of the outside world by having an internal streetscape including food court, community services, even retail stores. The design intent is to facilitate patients’ orienting back into the outside community as much as possible.” EllisDon leads the Integrated Team Solutions (ITS) consortium and is functioning as the main contractor as well as the design and project manager for this ambitious publicprivate partnership. The project is designed to function as a partnership between all the different parties involved. Consultants may work for EllisDon or for ITS, but EllisDon effectively manages everyone involved. “Unlike a more traditional procurement model, we have a level of control over design,” Day says. “We direct, manage, coordinate and facilitate design. As the main contractor, we do all of the normal things we would do in that capacity such as procuring subcontractors and coordinating/administering contracts, and we will self-perform some of the work.” On the Edge As the project moves forward over the next few years, Day says regular and ongoing design collaboration will ensure that relevant and sig- 174 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Energy Efficiency
Green Building
Executive Perspective
Best Practices
Bernards Construction – El Capitan High School
Bogner Construction Co. – College of Wooster Scot Center
Jean McClung Middle School
Hellas Sports Construction
The Walsh Group – NOAA Pacific Regional Headquarters
Haskell Co. – Scripps Proton Therapy Center
Robert A. Bothman Inc. – Stockton Unified School District
JE Dunn – Energy Systems Integration Facility
Rosendin Electric – AVUHSD Solar Project
Ratcliff Construction Company – Crossroads Church
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Flintco Pacific – Calaveras County Adult Detention Facility
Lee Lewis Construction – Angelo State University’s Plaza Verde Student Housing
Manhattan Construction – First Baptist Church of Dallas
Market & Johnson – Eau Claire County Courthouse project
McTech Corp – 97th Military Police Battalion Headquarters
Parkland Health & Hospital System
RBC Construction
Central Building and Preservation – Randolph Tower City Apartments
Scaparotti Construction Group
Trinity Properties – Trinity Place
Advanced Real Estate Services
Lawrence B. Wohl Inc./Wohl Diversified Services
TN Ward and Commercial Interiors – Maryland Live
ASX Construction – Parc Lafayette
Bayland Buildings Inc.
Dependable Mechanical Systems
New Dawn Developments
DSLD Homes
Aquilini Development and Construction Inc.
Cobalt Construction – Meta Housing
Lifestyle Communities
Pratt and Associates LLC
Miramonte Homes
MP J.J. Duffy Joint Venture/Pathway Senior Living LLC – Victory Centre Vernon Hills
Woodland Homes
Aecom/Inima Joint Venture – Hialeah, Fla., Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – Austin Water Treatment Plant No. 4
Pepper-Lawson Construction – Missouri City Surface Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – AWT Improvements
Blount Contracting Inc.
Harbor Offshore Services
Cruz Construction Inc.
Humble Construction
Nova-Con Projects Ltd.
Trimen Electric
EllisDon Corp. – Atlantic Region
EllisDon Corp. – St. Joseph's Regional Mental Health Care
Focus Equities
Intercom Services Immobiliers
George Brown College – New Waterfront Campus
Seaside Transportation Services
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