GBA Group

IMAGINE. PARTNER. BUILD.

Building our community.

With 35 years of development and project management experience, GBA has learned to solve complicated projects with innovation and tenacity.

 

We succeed by collaborating with clients and meeting their needs in

every step of the development process.

PROJECTS

MIXED USE

INSTITUTIONAL

HEALTH CARE

RESIDENTIAL

HELPING TO BUILD COMMUNITY IS A GREAT PRIVILEGE.

Graham Bird | President and CEO

The Bird family are several generations deep in the Ottawa area, instilling in Graham the belief that as a native son he had an obligation to future generations to keep making Ottawa better.

35 years of development and project management experience, GBA has learned to solve complicated projects with innovation and tenacity.

“We could not have picked a better partner to develop Canada’s first hospital under a public-private partnership”
Susan St. Amand, Former Chair, Royal Ottawa Health Care Foundation
“The delivery model that GBA helped architect became the basis for many AFP’s that have followed over the last decade.”
George Langill Former CEO Royal Ottawa Hospital
“For the first time, a compelling architectural gesture has danced into the city.”
Globe and Mail
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“This museum is a big deal. Not only because of its impressive architecture, but it’s the world’s first museum solely dedicated to human rights.”
Calgary Herald
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“Many people are wowed by the transformation of Frank Clair Stadium into the sleek TD Place. But the Prairie-style Horticulture Building is worthy of its own fanfare, considering the scale of work and the cost to rehabilitate the former eyesore.”
Ottawa Sun
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“After an aggressive revitalization project that opened in November of 2014, Lansdowne is a hotbed for businesses and restaurants that drew 1.5 million visitors in its first year”
Globe and Mail
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"Mr. Bird is a tireless, energetic, gifted civil engineer with exceptional visionary and project management skills. If GBA is asked to lead a project, it will get done without cost overruns or compromise."
– Paul Douglas, President, PCL Constructors Canada
"The new hospital operates effectively and efficiently under the public-private partnership established by Mr. Bird and his team. We believe that without GBA the redevelopment project would never have been done. In our case, it was done on budget and six weeks ahead of schedule."
– George Weber, CEO, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
"The Algonquin [College] Expansion is an intricate project, and through GBA’s advanced ability to navigate the many obstacles and pitfalls the project is moving along well. I do not hesitate to recommend this team for any development project, the more challenging the better."
– Mike Rushton, Director, Algonquin College
"Graham [and his GBA team] are not like some people who just talk. They are visionary, they know what they are doing and they get things done."
Jim Durrel, Past-Chair, Ottawa Convention Centre
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FEATURED PROJECT

ROYAL OTTAWA MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT

As development and project manager, GBA led the redevelopment of Canada’s first hospital, research centre, and long-term care facility to be built as a complex public-private partnership. GBA managed all aspects of the project, and the new facility was delivered six weeks ahead of schedule and on budget.

This ground-breaking pilot project required a creative funding solution and business case, along with a Master Plan and Functional Program. The project was implemented through a complete 25 year P3  solution which included finance, design, construction and facilities management.

GBA’s award winning communications and IT strategy ensured the facility went through a complete re-brand. This allowed the aging psychiatric hospital to turn into a progressive teaching and research centre with state-of-the-art care for people suffering from mental illnesses. The ROHMC also includes a 96 bed specialized long-term care facility implemented as a separate capital project. This facility provides an innovative, specialized environment that supports and enhances the quality of life of individuals who may benefit from a home-like environment.

Read more about the Public Private Partnership experience for the Royal Ottawa Hospital.