EllisDon Awarded Largest Contract in Company's History



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 17 /CNW/ - EllisDon has recently signed a $1.076
billion dollar contract with Calgary Health Region to construct Phase 1 of the
new South Health Campus in Calgary. With 20 years experience in working with
the Calgary Health Region, EllisDon is thrilled to work on such a significant
and meaningful project. Having recently completed the Alberta Children's
Hospital and currently working on the McCaig Tower at the Foothills Medical
Centre, EllisDon is ready to take on another huge project for Calgary Health.
    "This is truly an amazing milestone for EllisDon," says Geoff Smith,
EllisDon's President and CEO. "A $76 million contract is a great achievement
anywhere in EllisDon, but when you tack a billion on to the front of that, it
sort of takes the breath away. Congratulations to everyone who has been
involved in winning this contract and getting it off to a great start."
    Construction is already underway at the South Health Campus with over 200
workers currently deployed at the site. This number will jump to over 1000
when the interior portions of the work commence. EllisDon has already awarded
a significant portion of the project to subcontractors through a Construction
Management process that allows the construction and design to be fast tracked
while at the same time keeping the project on or below budget. This is a
process EllisDon has used on several other projects, including the highly
successful Alberta's Children's Hospital.
    "The sub-contractors are in early with us doing the planning,
value-engineering and identifying long lead items and durations," says Vince
Davoli, EllisDon's Senior Vice President for the Calgary area. "What this will
do is give value to the owners in terms of quality, an enhanced schedule and
reduced life cycle costs. This all adds up to savings in project costs to the
benefit of the owner."
    The South Health Campus is located on 44 acres in south Calgary and will
provide patients with a unique healing environment. For example, the building
will feature outdoor views, natural lighting, soft colours and relaxing
sounds. In addition, the campus will have a community feel with open spaces,
gardens and wetlands, and café-style retail walkways. These features will lead
to faster recoveries, reduced stress and an enhanced patient and staff
experience. The Campus is also working towards a Silver Certification in the
LEED(R) (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) "green building"
program. Following LEED standards will result in energy and water savings, and
a healthy environment for patients, visitors and staff.

    About EllisDon

    EllisDon is a global company delivering construction expertise, services
and specialized support to clients throughout the world. Ranking among the
world's leading construction services firms, EllisDon employs approximately
1200 people with a presence in Canada and the United States, as well as
offices in the West Indies, the United Arab Emirates and Greece. Offering not
only general contracting, construction management and project management but a
growing range of equity, IT and communication services, EllisDon is behind
some of the most exciting infrastructure, manufacturing and retail projects in
the world. For more information, contact Rishma Mangat at 905-896-8900.




For further information:

For further information: Rishma Mangat, EllisDon Corporation, Phone:
(905) 896-8900, Fax: (905) 896-8911, 89 Queensway Ave West, Suite 800,
Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 2V2, www.ellisdon.com


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