Five Companies Short-Listed For Runnymede Healthcare Centre Project



    Project Attracts Industry Interest

    TORONTO, March 12 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario and Runnymede Healthcare
Centre announced today that five companies have been short-listed to build and
finance a new hospital on the existing Runnymede Healthcare Centre site.
    "We are pleased to see such interest from the construction industry in
this project," said Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan.
"Our government is making much-needed improvements to Ontario's infrastructure
at an unprecedented rate. These improvements will be made in a way that
ensures value for taxpayers' dollars as we build strong, prosperous
communities."
    "This is a sign of our government's commitment to modernize and expand
health care infrastructure to improve access to quality health care," said
George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
    The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued on November 3, 2006. The
process identified bid teams with the development, construction and financial
capacity required to undertake a project of this size and complexity.

    
    The following companies have been short-listed for this project:

        -  Aecon Buildings
        -  Bird Construction Company Ltd.
        -  Bondfield Construction Company Ltd.
        -  EllisDon Corporation
        -  Vanbots Construction Corporation
    

    A Request for Proposals for the project is expected to be issued in
Spring 2007.
    "Our dedicated staff and volunteers provide exceptional care to our
patients and their families. Our community deserves the very best facilities
we can offer and it's exciting for us to move forward with this project," said
Connie Dejak, President and CEO, Runnymede Healthcare Centre.
    The new facility will provide complex continuing care for young and older
adults, with capacity for 200 beds. Clinical and medical services will include
physiotherapy, occupational therapy, swallowing/speech and language pathology
and audiological services, respiratory therapy, activation and recreation
therapy, social services and around-the-clock nursing and medical care.
    Infrastructure Ontario will work with Runnymede Healthcare Centre to
develop the new hospital facility, which will remain publicly owned, publicly
controlled and publicly accountable. Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown
corporation dedicated to managing some of the province's larger and more
complex infrastructure renewal projects - ensuring they are built on time and
on budget.
    This project is guided by principles outlined in the Province's Building
a Better Tomorrow policy framework, which ensures public ownership of core
assets such as hospitals, schools, and water and wastewater facilities. The
Runnymede Healthcare Centre project is one of many infrastructure projects
being upgraded and modernized under ReNew Ontario, the government's five-year,
$30-billion plus public infrastructure investment plan.
    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.


    
                                 BACKGROUNDER

    Runnymede Healthcare Centre originally opened in 1908 as Strathcona Public
School, and the building was converted to a chronic care hospital in 1945 by
the City of Toronto.
    The existing facility is a 95-bed hospital serving complex, continuing
care patients. The new facility will provide complex continuing care for young
and older adults, and increase capacity to 200 beds.

    Clinical and medical services will be enhanced to include:
        -  a full range of therapeutic services
        -  physiotherapy
        -  occupational therapy
        -  communication, swallowing and audiology therapy
        -  respiratory therapy
        -  activation and recreation activities
        -  social services
        -  around the clock professional nursing and medical care.

    Construction is expected to begin in Fall 2007.

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                         www.infrastructureontario.ca
    





For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Jennifer Sclisizzi, Infrastructure
Ontario, (416) 325-7409; Ian MacEachern, Runnymede Healthcare Centre, (416)
762-7316


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