Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks Start of Construction at South Niagara Hospital

On Tuesday, July 18, EllisDon joined Niagara Health, the Niagara Health Foundation, and members of the provincial government, including Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sylvia Jones, and Minister of Infrastructure Kinga Surma at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new South Niagara hospital.

“We are thrilled to begin construction on the highly anticipated South Niagara hospital project. As demand for healthcare increases throughout the Niagara region, we are proud to help construct this critical piece of infrastructure that will feature advanced services and employ emerging healthcare technologies that will best serve the needs of community residents,” says Andrew Anderson, Senior Vice President and Toronto Area Manager, EllisDon.

In February 2023, EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare was awarded the contract to design, build, finance and maintain the new South Niagara hospital. The 1.3-million-square-foot facility will hold up to 469 single patient bedrooms and offer a full scope of services including emergency, critical care, surgical and therapeutic care, as well as several centres of excellence specializing in stroke, complex care, and wellness in aging.

“The beginning of construction initiates numerous activities, including crucial foundational work that affects the building long term," says Colin Flock, Sr. Vice President, EllisDon Facilities Services. "Our team is excited to play an active role from the start of design through operations. We proactively minimize risks from day one to ensure effective, efficient, and optimized performance by leveraging cutting-edge technology, processes, and our healthcare facility expertise.”

The hospital will be designed and built to meet the Canada Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards. In addition, the project is working towards being the first WELL®-certified hospital in Canada focused on sustainable health and well-being of their staff, patients, and volunteers.

The hospital will take approximately five years to build, with occupancy planned for 2028.

Pictured from left to right Tyler Trelford, Ana Badila, Michael Whitely, Doug Rolfe, Mike Dunford, Andrew Anderson, Jason Coutinho, Dan Vergara, Jessica Ferkul, Travis Stolk, Robert McAlpine, Scott Hunter, Dennis Christie, Michael Fowler, Hugh Kerr, Nishil Saheba (WT Partnerships, Independent Certifier)