EllisDon wins Ontario campus P3 project

The Canadian P3 developer and asset manager has been awarded Seneca College’s King Campus expansion, a $54.8m project.

Infrastructure Ontario and Seneca College have selected EllisDon Corporation for the expansion of Seneca College’s King Campus, in King City, Ontario.

The C$70.9 million ($54.8 million; €49.0 million) project includes designing, building and financing a 200,000 square foot expansion to Seneca College’s existing King Campus. New facilities will include 25 extra classrooms, computer labs, a library, a multi-purpose sports and recreation space, a gymnasium, a fitness centre and informal study areas and event spaces.

Once the expansion is completed in 2018, King Campus will be able to serve 5,000 full-time students from approximately 3,500 currently.

“The selection of the successful team is the result of an open, fair and competitive procurement process that began in April 2014,” Seneca College and Infrastructure Ontario said in a joint statement. “Throughout its submission, EllisDon Corporation demonstrated a clear understanding of the design and construction needs of a post-secondary education facility.”

In 2014, EllisDon was part of a consortium awarded the Emily Carr University of Art and Design project, the first post-secondary project in Canada to be procured as a P3.

The Ontario-based company, whose services range from construction and design to financing and management, has been awarded more than 30 P3s, many of which are in the education and healthcare sector.

However, other projects include the C$1.8 billion Edmonton Valley LRT, the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history and the C$5.3 billion Eglinton Crosstown LRT, a nearly 20km-long light rail project, the company describes as a ‘landmark’ project for the city of Toronto and the Canadian P3 market overall.