EllisDon's AGO Wins TCA's Best of the Best Awards

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - EllisDon was awarded with the Toronto
Construction Association's (TCA) "Best of the Best" award for the Art Gallery
of Ontario (AGO). The company's AGO won the award in the category of Project
Achievement. The awards were handed out at the TCA's 141st Annual Meeting that
was held on January 29 2009, where EllisDon's President and C.E.O. Geoff Smith
was a guest speaker.
    The "Best of the Best" awards are given to projects that have a unique
adaptation/approach of a non-product, on-site process, technology, technique
or implementation of a concept; and they are awarded in a number of categories
including Innovation, Outstanding Safety Performance and Green Building
Culture. In the Project Achievement Award, EllisDon beat out a number of other
competitors with their AGO project, when judged against the award's rigorous
evaluation criteria including outstanding features, performance, cooperative
team/partnership approach, safety and innovative techniques.
    Specifically, the elements that helped secure the win for EllisDon were
the AGO's many outstanding features including the Gallery's Feature Stair,
Barnacle Stair; and the Dundas Promenade (Galleria Italia), a structure where
no two pieces of timber are the same, making it the most technically complex
glulaminated framed structure in North America.
    Additionally, the cooperative team/partnership approach that EllisDon
employed on this project received high marks. "Working collaboratively with
the architects, consultants and sub-contractors, we were able to address
issues and come up with solutions that were innovative and constructible
-truly a testament to the way we think at EllisDon," said Jack Stelpstra,
Construction Manager for EllisDon.
    The success of this cooperative team/partnership approach is echoed by
EllisDon's client. States Matthew Teitelbaum, Director and C.E.O. of the AGO:
"In the end, it is the people that make all the difference in whether a
project succeeds or fails. EllisDon gave this project their best people and
considerable attention from the top leaders in the company. Geoff Smith made
himself available to the project team as advisor, mentor and to the Gallery
Director and the Head of the Building Committee as an equal stakeholder. The
success of the project shows the strength of his commitment."

    About EllisDon

    EllisDon is a leading employee-owned global company delivering
construction expertise, services and specialized support to clients throughout
the world. Completing in excess of $2 billion in new construction annually,
EllisDon employs approximately 1,100 people and has a presence in Canada and
the United States, 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 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, please visit www.ellisdon.com.

    About Toronto Construction Association

    With almost 150 years experience and a specific focus on the ICI sector
of the construction industry, TCA is the voice of the industry for its 2200
corporate members. Members benefit through excellence recognitions, personal
professional advancements, increased visibility, opportunities in marketing
and networking, project (tendering) opportunities and financial savings. "The
Construction Institute of Canada" is yet another new TCA establishment that
focuses on leadership development for the construction executives. For further
information, visit www.tcaconnect.com.

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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