Pre-qualified construction teams invited to bid on Windsor Regional Hospital project



    WINDSOR, ON, Oct. 20 /CNW/ - Plans to redevelop the Windsor Regional
Hospital's Western Campus took another step forward today when the Windsor
Regional Hospital and Infrastructure Ontario released a request for proposals
(RFP) to build and finance the hospital's expansion project.
    The project will accommodate the hospital's increased capacity to meet
the needs of a growing population, to reduce patient wait times and to enhance
access to services for rehabilitation and longer-term mental health programs.
    "By increasing services, patients will have better access to the care
they need close to home in comfortable surroundings," said Sandra Pupatello,
Minister of International Trade and Investment and MPP for Windsor West.
"Projects like Windsor Regional Hospital's redevelopment improve Ontario's
health care system and support our quality of life."
    "Our government's leadership to move forward with this project will help
to create an advanced, accessible and effective health care system and most
importantly, meet the changing needs of our growing community," said
Dwight Duncan, Minister of Finance and MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh.

    
    The bidders short-listed for this project were pre-qualified through the
request for qualifications (RFQ) and include:

    -   Aecon Buildings, a division of Aecon Construction Group Inc.
    -   Bondfield Construction Company Limited
    -   Carillion Canada Inc.
    -   Eastern Construction Company Limited
    -   EllisDon Corporation
    -   Oscar Construction in a joint venture with Vollmer & Associates
    -   Pomerleau Inc.
    -   Walbridge Aldinger in a joint venture with McKay-Cocker Construction
    

    The request for qualifications, issued in October 2007, pre-qualified the
teams with the construction, operational and financial capacity to undertake a
project of this size and complexity.
    Once RFP submissions are received and evaluated, a winning project team
will be selected. The winning project team will be announced in early 2009,
and construction is expected to begin shortly after.
    "The Windsor Regional Hospital project is an essential part of the
government's commitment to renew hospitals," said David Caplan, Minister of
Health and Long-Term Care. "This project will help lower wait times and
improve access to quality family health care for all."
    "Today's announcement demonstrates our government's commitment to
providing the resources and infrastructure that will address the needs of our
community," said Bruce Crozier, MPP for Essex.
    "The issuance of the RFP culminates a considerable amount of planning by
the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers at the hospital. The Early Works
portion of the project, which includes the demolition of older buildings to
make way for the 65-bed specialized mental health hospital, is on time and on
budget. This project will result in state of the art health care facilities as
well as both short and long term jobs to the community," says David Musyj,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Windsor Regional Hospital.
    A copy of the RFP is available on line at www.infrastructureontario.ca.
    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will
work with Windsor Regional Hospital to redevelop the hospital, which will
remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable.
    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

    
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    Backgrounder

                          WINDSOR REGIONAL HOSPITAL
    

    Windsor Regional Hospital is a large multi-site health service
organization serving a population of 400,000 people in Windsor and Essex
County. Established in 1994 following a merger of Windsor Western Hospital
Centre Inc. and Metropolitan General Hospital, Windsor Regional Hospital has
more than 174 years of combined history in health care services. Providing
acute and continuing care services with a total of 716 beds on various sites,
Windsor Regional Hospital is one of the largest non-teaching hospitals in the
Province of Ontario.
    Windsor Regional Hospital operates from the Metropolitan Campus and the
Western Campus. The Metropolitan Campus, home to acute care services
(birthing, paediatrics, critical care, surgery, general medicine and
emergency), recently expanded and renovated its facilities. Services provided
at the Western Campus include specialized rehabilitation (in-patient and
out-patient), complex continuing care, long term care, adult mental health
(in-patient and out-patient), children's mental health and a variety of
outpatient programs as well as physicians' private practices.
    Windsor Regional Hospital's Western Campus is about to embark on a major
capital redevelopment to reduce patient wait times and enhance access to
services for rehabilitation and longer-term mental health programs.

    
    Highlights of the Windsor Regional Hospital capital redevelopment project
include:

    -   new construction to provide a longer-term mental health building on
        the Western Campus that will be more than 75,000-square-feet
    -   increase in overall capacity making room for up to 65 longer-term
        mental health beds and up to 60 rehabilitation beds
    -   renovations of existing buildings, including exterior repairs,
        upgrades to the elevator that services the building and other
        existing infrastructure
    -   renovations to over 35,000 square feet of space in the Tower
        Building, which houses in-patient rehabilitation services
    





For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Energy and
Infrastructure, (416) 327-6747; Jessica Hooker, Infrastructure Ontario, (416)
327-5325; Ron Foster, Windsor Regional Hospital, (519) 254-5577 , Ext. 52003


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