Walsh Canada Recognized for Construction Excellence
TORONTO, ON - Walsh Canada has been recognized with two “Best of the Best” awards from the Toronto Construction Association (TCA). One award is for Project Achievement - Large Projects (over $50 million) for work on the Pioneer Village Subway Station and the other for Outstanding Safety Culture.
The Project Achievement – Large Project award was presented to Walsh Canada for our recently completed Pioneer Village Station, one of six stations forming part of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension. In addition to successfully building the architecturally astounding structure, which contained many flowing curves, odd angles, high-end finishes and iconic features, the Walsh team was also recognized for overcoming several logistical challenges.
Highlights include building a station structure that not only straddled a major arterial road, which required a temporary four-lane steel bridge, a staged traffic management plan, and major utility relocations, but also straddled two different municipalities (Toronto and York Region), for which additional levels of regulatory coordination were needed to maintain the flow of construction activities.
The Outstanding Safety Culture award was presented to Walsh for demonstrating excellence in building and maintaining a strong safety culture across the entire organization. Walsh’s program is highlighted by active and visible leadership, an extensive employee training program, regular introduction of new initiatives and the receipt of numerous safety awards from other prominent industry organizations.
Other efforts demonstrating Walsh employee engagement include staff involvement in promoting industry-wide safety initiatives, positive reinforcement to front-line employees that model safe behavior, leading role in the promotion of TCA’s Safety Month and the Ontario General Contractors Association’s Safety Week, and support of George Brown College scholarships for students enrolled in its Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies.
“The receipt of these two awards reinforces Walsh Canada’s status as a top builder in the Toronto market, demonstrating that we deliver quality work with a relentless commitment to safety,” said Craig Lesurf, vice president of Walsh Canada. “In light of winning these two awards together, I can say without a doubt that it isn’t just a coincidence the Pioneer Village Station project happened to have the best safety record out of all six new stations built for the subway line extension, proving that safe projects are successful projects.”