Project to redevelop Women's College Hospital attracts industry interest



    TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario and Women's College
Hospital announced today the companies that were short-listed to design,
build, finance and maintain the new Women's College Hospital. This project
will involve the construction of a brand new facility built on the hospital's
current site on Grenville Street in downtown Toronto. The new Women's College
Hospital will improve medical services for women by consolidating most
hospital activities into one location.
    Of the seven pre-qualified companies, three companies will be invited to
respond to a request for proposals (RFP), expected to be issued in late spring
2009. The three short-listed companies include:

    
    Women's College Health Partnership
        -  Innisfree/Acciona Infrastructure Canada/Aecon Concessions
        -  Adamson Associates/Kasian Architecture
        -  Acciona/Aecon
        -  Angus Consulting Management Services Inc.

    Integrated Team Solutions
        -  EllisDon/LPF Infrastructure Fund/Fengate
        -  Parkin Architects/HOK Architects
        -  EllisDon Construction
        -  Honeywell Ltd.

    Women's College Partnership
        -  Bilfinger Berger
        -  Perkins Eastman Black/IBI
        -  The Walsh Group/Bondfield Construction
        -  Black & McDonald/HSG Zander
    

    The remaining pre-qualified companies will act as reserves in the event
that one of the three short-listed companies is unable to bid. Pre-qualified
companies were selected based on their development, design, construction,
financial, and facilities management capacity to undertake a project of this
size and complexity. "I'm pleased the construction industry has expressed such
interest in this project," said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier, Minister of
Energy and Infrastructure and MPP for Toronto Centre. "Reaching a new stage in
this project brings us one step forward to a stronger healthcare system for
the community and Ontario."
    "This announcement brings us another step closer to realizing our vision
of creating Ontario's first standalone academic ambulatory hospital," said
Marilyn Emery, President and CEO, Women's College Hospital. "Our new facility
will allow us to continue to champion state-of-the-art health care for women
and their families."
    The teams were pre-qualified through a request for qualifications (RFQ)
process, which began in October 2008.

    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with Women's College Hospital to develop the new 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.
    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

    
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    Backgrounder

                         The Women's College Hospital
    

    The Women's College Hospital will be a new, state-of-the-art academic
ambulatory care facility, constructed on Grenville Street in downtown Toronto.
The hospital will be Ontario's first and only independent ambulatory hospital
and will be the provincial leader in women's healthcare, education and
research.

    
    Highlights include:

    -   consolidation of primary care, chronic disease management, surgical
        services, diagnostics and mental health programs all delivered on an
        ambulatory basis
    -   a rapid diagnostic model for women's health in an ambulatory setting
        and improved medical and diagnostic imaging services
    -   comprehensive services in breast, thyroid and skin cancers
    -   development of an Academic Ambulatory Surgical Centre
    -   expanded research units to facilitate women's health research
    -   co-location of research, education and patient care spaces to create
        stronger links between researchers, educators and clinicians
    -   improved patient experience with more privacy and effective movement
        of people
    

    The new hospital, which will replace existing outdated buildings, will be
the nucleus of the discovery district for women's health and a Centre of
Excellence with Ambulatory Education.
    The new building will enable the Women's College Hospital to fulfill
their mandate as Ontario's first and only stand-alone academic ambulatory care
hospital, while continuing to champion state-of-the-art healthcare for women
and their families.





For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Ministry of Energy
and Infrastructure, (416) 327-6747; Mandy Downes, Infrastructure Ontario,
(416) 327-5246; Jodi Salem, Women's College Hospital, (416) 323-6400 ext.
4054


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