Contract awarded for Windsor Regional Hospital Redevelopment Project



    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario and Windsor Regional
Hospital announced today that the hospital has signed a fixed-price contract
with Bondfield Construction, to build and finance the hospital redevelopment
project. Today's announcement also signifies that all contractual steps have
been completed and construction can begin immediately.
    The Windsor Regional Hospital underwent an open, fair and competitive
procurement process and Bondfield Construction submitted the proposal which
delivers the best value for Ontario taxpayers.
    At the peak of construction, which will be completed in spring 2012,
there will be approximately 220 workers on site daily. Bondfield Construction
expects to hire 80 per cent of its workers from the local Windsor community,
including management staff, operating engineers, labourers, carpenters,
bricklayers, painters and other skilled trades. This will equate to
approximately 500,000 hours of local labour over the lifespan of the Windsor
Regional Hospital redevelopment project.
    In addition to its other projects, Bondfield Construction is currently
completing the expansion and renovation of two other Alternative Financing and
Procurement (AFP) hospital projects, including Credit Valley Hospital in
Mississauga and Runnymede Healthcare Centre in Toronto. On these projects,
approximately 90 per cent of the workers have been hired from the local
community or region.
    The building team, led by Bondfield Construction and advised by National
Bank Financial, includes financing arranged by Bank of Montreal acting as
agent, National Bank of Canada, Laurentian Bank and Toronto Dominion Bank.
    The contract commits Bondfield Construction to build and finance the
Windsor Regional Hospital redevelopment project for $91.6 million, which will
be paid by the hospital when construction is completed. The contract
guarantees a fixed price and a fixed delivery date for the redevelopment of
the hospital. The provincial government will fund 90 per cent of eligible
construction costs. The specialized mental health hospital will be funded 100
per cent by the government.
    The Windsor Regional Hospital project will increase the hospital's
capacity to meet the needs of a growing population, reduce patient wait times
and enhance access to services for rehabilitation and specialized mental
health programs. Windsor Regional Hospital will continue to operate and
maintain the facility.

    
    Highlights of the Windsor Regional Hospital capital redevelopment project
include:

    -   new construction to provide a specialized mental health hospital that
        will be more than 75,000 square feet on the Western Campus
    -   increase in overall capacity, making room for up to 65 specialized
        mental health beds and up to 60 rehabilitation beds
    -   renovations to more than 35,000 square feet of space in the
        Tower Building, which houses in-patient rehabilitation services
    

    Infrastructure Ontario will post a copy of the Value for Money (VFM)
report in the coming months and the project agreement will be posted online at
www.infrastructureontario.ca in the coming weeks.
    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will
work with the Windsor Regional Hospital to build the new hospital, which will
remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable.

    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

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    Quotes

    George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and
    Infrastructure
    "With significant investments in health care, we now have more than 100
new and existing hospitals in various stages of expansion and upgrade across
Ontario. The Windsor Regional Hospital project will enhance the quality of
life and quality of care for families across the Windsor region."

    David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
    "The Windsor Regional Hospital project is an essential part of our
government's commitment to renew hospitals. It will allow the hospital to
provide a greater range of services, help lower wait times and improve access
to care for the people in Windsor."

    David Musyj, President and CEO, Windsor Regional Hospital
    "Today's announcement would not have been possible without the hard work
of our staff and physicians, the commitment of the province, and the support
of our community. This agreement ensures that the hospital will be built to
the highest standards in the agreed timeframe for a fixed price."

    Sandra Pupatello, Minister of International Trade and Investment and MPP
    for Windsor West
    "This project is not only significant for what it will do for Windsor
Regional Hospital and health care in our community, but also for the jobs it
will create and the economic boost it will bring to our entire region. The
final contract is signed demonstrating that the McGuinty Government has
delivered on its commitment to our community"

    Dwight Duncan, Minister of Finance and MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh
    "Construction start is welcomed news for the many Windsorites who will
work on the redevelopment project at Windsor Regional Hospital over the next
three years. The increased capacity of the Hospital will improve quality of
care and better serve the needs of our community."

    Bruce Crozier, MPP for Essex
    "A tremendous milestone was reached today - a milestone which paves the
way for improved access to health care."

    Jim Lyons, Executive Director, Windsor Construction Association
    "The Windsor Regional Hospital project is going to provide a lot of work
for our construction community. We are extremely eager to get started as soon
as possible."


    Fact Sheet

    
            WINDSOR PROJECT CREATES LOCAL JOBS AND ECONOMIC BOOST

    -   The Windsor Regional Hospital project will provide a boost to the
        local and regional economies by directly and indirectly supporting
        the creation of jobs over the lifespan of the project.

    -   At the peak of construction, there will be approximately 220 workers
        on site daily. Local labour will account for approximately 80 per
        cent of this workforce. This equates to approximately 500,000 hours
        of local labour over the lifespan of the project.

    -   Bondfield Construction has begun advertising locally for management
        staff and will be approaching the local trade unions for operating
        engineers, labourers, carpenters, bricklayers, painters and other
        skilled trades.

    -   The majority of the workers involved in the construction of the
        project will live and work in the Windsor area, creating economic
        spin-off activity that will benefit the entire region.

    -   Bondfield Construction expects to spend tens of millions on local
        labour and local supplies and materials over the lifespan of the
        project.

    -   The Windsor economy will also benefit from a number of large,
        Provincially-funded projects over the next few years, including the
        Windsor Essex Parkway and the Southwest Detention Centre. As a result
        of these projects, thousands of jobs will be created in the Windsor
        area.
    





For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Energy and
Infrastructure, (416) 327-6747; Mandy Downes, Infrastructure Ontario, (416)
327-5246; Ron Foster, Windsor Regional Hospital, (519) 254-5577 ext. 52003


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