Fort St. John Hospital Wins Award for ACCIONA
*The 237 million Canadian dollar Hospital and Residential Care Facility
wins prestigious Vancouver Regional Construction Association(VRCA) award
for exacting construction standards in the challenging environment and
climate of northern British Columbia
VANCOUVER -- October 17, 2013
Acciona, a global leader in renewable energy, infrastructure and water
services, and consortium partner Stuart Olson, have won a prestigious
construction award for their Fort St. John Hospital and Residential Care
Facility in northern British Columbia.
The $237 million hospital is one of the largest social infrastructure projects
in northern Canada. The Acciona Infrastructure/Stuart Olson team had to
overcome numerous challenges – including the project’s remote location and
sub-zero temperatures in winter – to deliver the hospital on time and to
budget. Ground was broken at the 40-acre site in the summer of 2009.
Completion was in May 2012.
The P3 project involved the design and construction and a 30-year Operation
and Maintenance concession for a 55-bed hospital with a residential annexe for
seniors with an additional 123 beds. The integrated health care centre was
built to ‘LEED Gold’ standards - certifying compliance with sustainability and
environmental efficiency criteria drawn up by the Canadian Green Building
Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
Fort St John Hospital was awarded this year’s Silver Award in the General
Contractor Over $40 Million category by the Vancouver Regional Construction
Association(VRCA) for setting a high bar, not only as one of Northern
Canada’s largest regional hospitals, but for also achieving LEED Gold
certification. The hospital’s sustainable features include stormwater
retention, surface water management, use of natural light, high-energy
efficiency, reduction of volatile organic compounds and noise reduction
Working in British Columbia’s remote northeast for three years brought two
specific challenges for the Acciona/ Stuart Olson team. With temperatures
dropping to -30°C in the winter, work had to be phased in over the seasons.
During the summer of 2009, foundation work was done, but because the steel
hadn’t arrived, the foundation was covered with heat radiant pipes to stop
frost heaves and protect the foundation. Frost in that part of the country can
reach six feet deep. The temperature was kept to 1°C for several months. Once
the main structure was in place, the hospital was “bubble-wrapped” so that
work could continue in its interior during the freezing winter months.
The second challenge was finding qualified workers for the project, as Fort
St. John, 1,200km from Vancouver, is a mining and oil and gas centre, where
construction and trade skills are different from those required to build
hospitals. Some of the skilled trade workers were hired from as far away as
Edmonton, capital of Alberta. The cost to fly workers in and out was high –
and over two million miles were clocked on Air Canada. Most employees worked
10 days, followed by four days off.
Medical staff and other user groups had a lot of input into what they wanted
from their new facility, which includes three operating rooms, an Intensive
Care Unit, a birthing centre, an emergency room and an endoscopy suite.
To keep work on track, a really intense quality control system was put in
place and the safety crew was trained in infection control. Cleanliness was
paramount. Dust levels were kept far below usual conditions and no food was
allowed on site.
Acciona/ Stuart Olson also instituted an apprenticeship programme, hiring
trades students from the local Northern Lights College. A school art programme
encouraged students to draw the new hospital and their artwork was printed on
fine netting that was wrapped around the worksite fence. The community
strongly backed the project and was fully engaged during the three-year
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About ACCIONA in Canada
ACCIONA has undertaken some of the most significant infrastructure projects in
Canada in recent years. These include the Southeast Stoney Trail highway, one
of the main roadways included in the city of Calgary’s transport plan; the
Windsor Essex Parkway project in Ontario, which carries around 40% of cargo
traffic between Canada and the US, and Montreal’s A-30 ringroad, inaugurated
in December 2012. In the hospital sector, ACCIONA built the 550-bed Royal
Jubilee Hospital in Victoria as well as Fort St John in northern British
Columbia. ACCIONA’s renewable energy division, ACCIONA Energy, is also present
in Canada with four wind farms totaling 181MW in capacity.
ACCIONA is one of Spain’s leading corporations and operates in infrastructure,
renewable energy, water and services, in more than 30 countries. Its corporate
claim—“Pioneers in development and sustainability”—mirrors its commitment to
contribute to economic growth, social progress and care for the environment
through its complete range of activities. This commitment is recognized by
ACCIONA’s inclusion in the Dow Jones (DJSI) and FTSE4Good sustainability
indexes. ACCIONA is listed on the Madrid Stock Exchange’s Ibex-35 blue chip
index. It has a workforce of around 33,000 professionals worldwide and posted
7 billion euros in revenues in 2012.
Leslie Beatriz Crawford, +34 91 6630395
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