North Island Hospitals Project wins innovation award


The North Island Hospitals Project has won another award for innovation excellence. The project’s design builder, Graham, won Gold in the ‘Builder/General Contractor Commercial over $500 million’ category at the Constructech Vision awards in Chicago August 18, 2016.

The award is from Chicago-based Constructech Magazine, which celebrates the places “where construction and technology converge.” The Constructech Vision Awards honour construction companies that have applied technology in innovative ways to remain competitive.

The awards were judged by an independent panel of industry analysts and experts. Graham won the award for the use of Aconex to help deliver the $606.2 million North Island Hospitals Project which includes a new $331.7 million, 153-bed Comox Valley Hospital in Courtenay on Lerwick Road near Ryan Road, and a new $274.5 million, 95-bed Campbell River Hospital on the existing hospital site at 375 – 2nd Avenue. Both hospitals are scheduled to open in late 2017.

Aconex is a global leader of digital innovation in construction, with a cloud and mobile platform to help manage information and processes across the entire project lifecycle, from design through engineering and construction to handover and operation of the built asset.

“Congratulations to Graham and Aconex on winning gold,” said NIHP Chief Project Officer Tom Sparrow. “Both companies clearly demonstrate leadership in the area of document management for large infrastructure projects. Island Health is extremely pleased to have Graham and Aconex on our North Island Hospitals Project team.”

Major construction projects generate massive amounts of correspondence, reports, drawings and other documents that need to be distributed quickly to dispersed teams. Aconex is the world’s most widely used online collaboration platform connecting people and data for construction, infrastructure, energy and resources projects.

“Graham is very pleased to have won this prestigious award against a strong line-up of North America’s leading contractors,” said Dave Corcoran, Graham’s Vice-President of Buildings Major Projects. “It demonstrates that large projects, like the North Island Hospitals Project, require extensive collaboration between all the parties and effective tools like Aconex that are up to the task.”

The North Island Hospitals Project is no stranger to awards for innovation and excellence. The project won the North American Social Infrastructure/PPP Deal of the Year award at the 2015 IJGlobal Americas Awards. Partnerships Bulletin, a UK-based publication that covers P3s globally, named the project the 2015 Silver Award Winner, Best Social Infrastructure Project North America, at the North American P3 awards. The project also won the 2014 Silver Award for Infrastructure Sustainability from the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP).