Lakeridge Health's Oshawa Redevelopment Project Attracts Industry Interest



    OSHAWA, ON, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario and Lakeridge Health
Corporation announced today that five companies have been pre-qualified to
build and finance Lakeridge's Oshawa hospital redevelopment project.
    "We are pleased to see such interest from the construction industry in
the Lakeridge project," said Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, David
Caplan. "Hospitals are one of the key pillars of Ontario communities. With a
commitment of more than $5 billion, we now have more than 100 new and existing
hospitals in various stages of expansion and upgrade across Ontario. By
rebuilding Ontario's hospitals and long-term care facilities, we are enhancing
the quality of life and the quality of care for families throughout the
province."

    
    Highlights of Lakeridge Health's Oshawa project include:

    -   Increasing capacity in a number of inpatient areas;
    -   Interior fit-out of the South East tower above the Durham Regional
        Cancer Centre for Paediatrics, Medical/Surgical Oncology Inpatient,
        Child, Adolescent and Adult Mental Health, Inpatient Rehabilitation,
        Medical/Surgical Inpatient and Outpatient Dialysis;
    -   New construction of two floors onto the South Infill for the fit-out
        of Paediatric support Child and Adolescent Mental Health inpatient
        support and Maternal; administration;
    -   Renovations within the current hospital to Ambulatory Maternal Care,
        Adult Mental Health support and administration, Rehabilitation
        support, Patient Management Services, the Maternal Newborn Program,
        Central Sterilization and Reprocessing, Paediatric support, Mental
        Health support and Medical Oncology support; and
    -   Accommodating additional surgical cases, emergency and ambulatory
        visits.

    "This project is an essential part of our government's plan to renew
hospitals and lower emergency room wait times in this community and across the
province," said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care,
George Smitherman. "Once complete this expanded hospital will improve access
to important health services so that residents of Oshawa and the surrounding
communities will get the care they need, when they need it."

    The following companies have been pre-qualified for this project:
    -   Bondfield Construction Company Limited
    -   Carillion Canada Inc.
    -   Vanbots Construction Corporation
    -   Aecon Buildings, a division of Aecon Construction Group Inc.
    -   Pomerleau Inc.
    

    The request for qualifications (RFQ) was issued on October 25, 2007. The
process identified teams with the development, construction and financial
capacity required to undertake a project of this size and complexity. Bidders
will be invited to respond to a request for proposals (RFP) for the project,
which is expected to be issued in late winter 2008.
    "I'm delighted to see the project move a step forward," said Wayne
Arthurs, MPP for Pickering-Scarborough East. "We can all look forward to the
day when the redeveloped hospital will provide quality health care from
modern, state-of-the-art facilities."
    "This expansion project at Lakeridge Health will provide a great
opportunity to improve health care in Durham Region," said Joe Dickson, MPP
for Ajax-Pickering. "This is a very exciting and important step for our
communities."
    "The entire community is pleased to see this project advance and move
closer to completion," said Brian Lemon, CEO, Lakeridge Health. "This is a
very exciting day for our staff, patients and families at Lakeridge Health."
    Infrastructure Ontario and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will
work with Lakeridge Health to redevelop the Oshawa hospital, 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 framework, which ensures public ownership of core assets
such as hospitals, schools, and water and wastewater facilities.

    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Ministry of Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Paulette den Elzen, Infrastructure
Ontario, (416) 327-5764; Leigh Winn-Kruck, Lakeridge Health, (905) 576-8711,
Ext. 4317


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