GBA Group

Brockville Health & Wellness Centre of Excellence

Brockville Community and Primary Health Centre

Development Management and Advisor

Brockville, ON, Canada

2012 to 2013

$9.5M Budget

GBA led the project management that amalgamated seven existing primary health and community support centres in the Brockville area into a single new 24,000 square foot facility. The GBA team acted as liaison with provincial and federal funders as well as City of Brockville, Ministry of Transportation, and Cataraqui Regional Conservation Authority to secure necessary approvals.

GBA also developed the communications strategy, fundraising objectives, and project planning for the second phase of development for respite care and seniors’ apartments.

Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Development and Project Manager

Ottawa, ON, Canada

1999 to 2009

400,000 sq. ft

$150M Budget

As development and project manager, GBA led the redevelopment of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (The Royal) and The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research, Canada’s first academic teaching hospital, research centre, and long-term care facility to be built as a public-private partnership.

GBA managed all aspects of the project, including the master planning, functional programming, business case, design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the new facility. Now known as The Royal, the hospital and research institute were completed and delivered in a record six-weeks ahead of schedule and on budget. 

GBA’s award winning communications and IT strategy ensured the facility went through a complete branding transformation. 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, with its fundraising increased substantially. 

The Royal also includes a 96-bed specialized long-term care facility which was created concurrently as a distinct and separate capital project.  This new facility, the first of its kind in Ontario, provides innovative, long-term mental health and behavioural support 24/7 for individuals in need of a home environment.

Canadian Firefighters Memorial

Canadian Firefighters Memorial

Project Management and Advisor

Ottawa, ON, Canada

2009 to 2012

$5M Budget

GBA led the development of one of Ottawa’s newest national monuments on behalf of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, dedicated to the memory and sacrifice of Canada’s firefighters who die in the line of duty. GBA led design procurement, design approvals, construction management of the Memorial, and close-out processes for the project.

GBA’s communications strategy supported the unveiling and dedication by Canada’s Governor General, and the transfer of the land and Memorial to the National Capital Commission to manage in perpetuity.

Ottawa Chambers

The Ottawa Chambers

Project Development and Advisor

Ottawa, ON, Canada

$159M Budget

GBA was an integral part of the development team who worked with the National Capital Commission on this award-winning public-private partnership development. The site, adjacent to Parliament Hill, includes three federally classified heritage buildings.

The restoration and inclusion of these buildings into the mixed-use re-development allowed them to become commercially viable operations. GBA managed this complicated project from conception to completion.  

Ottawa International Airport Authority

Ottawa International Airport Authority

Project Advisor

Ottawa, ON, Canada

1997 to 2002

Finance, Long Term Leasing

Graham Bird of GBA Group was co-chair and founding member of the Ottawa International Airport Authority, established in 1997. This community-based Board of Directors was tasked with overseeing the development and management of the new airport. 

The airport was completed on time and on budget, and was ranked first in customer satisfaction amongst all international airports that serve between 2 and 5 million passengers per year. The authority also allowed the Ottawa International Airport to become financially positive for the first time in its history. 

Canada Postal Services

Canada Post Headquarters

Development Manager and Advisor

Ottawa, ON, Canada

400,000 sq. ft

$159M Budget

GBA led the creation of a world-class facility for Canada Post. This flagship project resulted in the redevelopment and master planning of one of the major federal employment nodes of Ottawa — a development program of over 2.5 million square feet. As a key member of the development team, GBA developed a business case which determined the funding and development model for this large-scale public-private project. The role included the complete master planning of Confederation Heights, where the headquarters is situated.

Bank of Canada Head Office Renewal

Bank of Canada Head Office Renewal

Development Advisor

Ottawa, ON, Canada

850,000 sq. ft

GBA was the development advisor to the Governor and Board of the Bank of Canada. In this capacity, GBA assisted in developing the implementation plan for the redevelopment and renewal of the Head Office of the Bank of Canada. This involved working with the project team to create the business plan and risk analysis for the project, as well as oversee the design, construction, and facility operations startup. GBA reported to the Board of Governors and its renewal sub-committee during the course of the project.

This project included an entire relocation of Bank of Canada staff to a temporary location while completing a renewal of the entire Bank of Canada facility. This included managing its heritage components in order to meet contemporary standards and building codes. The renewal project was a resounding success, completed on time and budget.

Ottawa Convention Centre

The Shaw Centre
"Ottawa Convention Centre"

Development and Project Manager

Ottawa, ON, Canada

2007 to 2011

400,000 sq. ft

$180M Budget

The Shaw Centre is an iconic convention centre that helped revitalize Ottawa’s downtown core when it opened in 2011. The design combines form and function, unprecedented efficiency, and architectural ingenuity.

The facade required the intricate installation of 1,084 unique glass panels to create a stunning crystalline orb. This world class, tier 2 convention facility is one of the highest revenue generators in North America.

GBA led the development and project management team through all phases of the redevelopment, including design, funding, business planning, architecture, engineering, and facilities management. It was one of the first infrastructure programs that involved three tiers of Government (Federal, Provincial, Municipal) and private capital investment, and it serves as a prime example on how public and private bodies can work together in Canadian infrastructure.

The Shaw Centre is the recipient of numerous design and function awards as one of the best convention centres in the world.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Development Manager and Advisor

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

2012 to 2014

Budget $351M

GBA lead the project management of this historic project to develop the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This $351 million project resulted in a world-class 200,000 square-foot facility that functions as Canada’s newest national museum. The building also meets LEED Silver environmental qualifications.

As Project Manager of the national team, GBA’s role was to ensure operational readiness in 2014, which include construction of the building and its gallery exhibits, as well as the installation of its state-of-the-art IT system.

GBA was also tasked with preparing transition and operational planning for the museum.