EllisDon Donates Time to Help Build Cancer Facility

Contractor teams up with subtrades to help bring Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre addition to reality

MISSISSAUGA, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - On November 30, 2009, EllisDon was awarded the contract for the Wellspring Centre Addition at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The project has a value of $2.7 million, however, given that Wellspring does not receive any government funding and relies entirely on community support, EllisDon provided a little extra in order to help get the addition built.

Working in partnership with subtrades and suppliers, the company is donating approximately $1.7 million in labour, materials and services in order to assist Wellspring to continue offering their services to the growing number of people affected by cancer.

The addition, which is approximately 8,700 square feet, contains three finished levels including a basement, ground and second floors which will be accessed by a hydraulic elevator and two oak stairwells. The addition will increase Wellsprings' programming and administration space from 2,400 square feet to 11,100 square feet.

Geoff Smith, EllisDon's President and CEO says, "It has been terrific to see the enthusiasm with which EllisDon people, as well as many of our industry partners, have embraced this outstanding cause, both in terms of personal effort and hard cash. And the Wellspring team has been terrific to work with. We are extremely happy to be involved."

Adds Lynda Morrison, CEO of Wellspring: "We are quite simply overwhelmed by the incredible generosity and enthusiasm with which the people at EllisDon and their industry partners have embraced this expansion project. They are truly building a lasting legacy of support and comfort for the many thousands of men, women and children living with cancer who turn to Wellspring each year, and we are grateful beyond words."

About EllisDon

EllisDon is an employee-owned company delivering construction expertise and services to clients throughout the world. Completing in excess of $2 billion in new construction annually, EllisDon employs approximately 1,000 people and has a presence in North America, as well as offices in the West Indies and the United Arab Emirates. Incorporated in 1951, EllisDon has distinguished itself through its people and its innovative practices. Offering not only construction and project management but now a growing range of construction consulting services in risk management and technology, EllisDon is behind some of the most exciting and innovative projects in the world. For more information, please visit www.ellisdon.com.

About Wellspring

Wellspring is a charitable organization operating a network of cancer support centres whose mission is to meet the emotional, psychological, social, and informational needs of individuals and their families living with cancer. Wellspring Sunnybrook will offer more than 45 different coping, education, and support programs, including Cancer Exercise, Cancer Nutrition, and Workplace programming, all at no charge and without the need for a referral.

SOURCE EllisDon Corporation

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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