The newest member of Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Building Foundations Campaign is motivated to give back to a community in which it does significant business.
Matcon Civil Constructors, part of the team currently building the hospital’s new eight-storey Critical Care Tower, has made a $50,000 donation to the Foundation in support of hospital expansion. The Langley-based company is responsible for a number of elements of the Critical Care Tower, including basement shoring (retaining) walls, basement excavation, footing excavations, storm and sanitary sewer services, water services, site grading, and road and parking lot construction.
“The community has given our staff the chance to work and prosper in the area,” says Matcon project manager Isaac Kett. “We are therefore honoured to support such a worthy cause and be a part of Surrey’s growth and prosperity in return.”
The Critical Care Tower is the centerpiece of a $512-million hospital expansion and redevelopment, which is the single largest capital investment in health care ever made by the B.C. government. Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation has committed to raising 20 per cent of the estimated $73-million equipment budget associated with the project.
“This expansion is part of the most significant transformation in the hospital’s history,” says Foundation chair Ron Knight. “Our donors are going to play an important part in growing our hospital’s role.”
The Building Foundations Campaign is led by EllisDon, one of the largest building contractors in Canada and a leading member of the consortium building the Critical Care Tower. The company will help raise $1 million from the construction industry.
“Surrey is home to 3,250 construction-related companies, employing 17,655 people,” says EllisDon Vice President and BC Area Manager David McFarlane. “I encourage each of my colleagues to play a role in health care by giving to this campaign.”
Founded in 1993, Matcon has grown to be a leading civil and infrastructure contractor within the Lower Mainland. The business is locally owned and operated, and employees live anywhere from Vancouver to Chilliwack. Matcon’s turnover of $50 million is split between returning private clients (developing new subdivisions) and local municipalities (construction and maintenance of infrastructure).
Established in 1992, Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation has raised more than $60 million to purchase medical equipment, fund innovative programs, and support training and research.