GBA Group

The Ottawa Hospital New Civic Campus Development

The Ottawa Hospital - New Civic Campus Development

Development and Project Manager

Ottawa, ON, Canada

2020 - Present

Phase 1: 2.5M Square Feet

$2.8B Budget

GBA Group is the project advisory for the design, site preparation, finance solutions, procurement, construction and implementation of the development plan, as well as support for the communications and stakeholder outreach for the new Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital.

The new development will function as the hub of a coordinated health care system featuring a state-of the-art contemporary hospital for Ottawa and 44 specialized inpatient and outpatient programs for Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and Nunavut. 

As one of Canada’s largest acute care learning and research hospitals, the new campus will provide a full range of specialized services, research, and education for those with the most complex injuries and illness, in partnership with the University of Ottawa.

For the thousands of staff, patients, and visitors on site every day, the site will be transit-oriented, with all buildings connected through accessible, enclosed walkways and convenient access for cyclists and pedestrians. The new Civic facility will feature extraordinary resilience against climate change, changing health care demands, outbreaks, and pandemics.


The design of the new facility will segregate public and staff access points, patient transfers, and service areas to minimize contact among the flow of people, goods, and services. This contemporary solution revolutionizes the organization of a modern hospital and introduces flexibility in space reconfiguration and adaptability in the future.  

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.