Toronto Rehabilitation Institute's Redevelopment Project Reaches Another Milestone



    Short-listed Construction Teams Invited To Bid

    TORONTO, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - Toronto Rehabilitation Institute's University
Centre major redevelopment project has reached another key milestone with the
release of a request for proposals (RFP) to build and finance the new addition
and expansion at the hospital.
    Renovations will be made to the existing 12-storey East Wing and
four-storey North Wing. The existing South Wing and auditorium will be
demolished and a new 13-storey patient care and research tower will be built.
    Once completed, Toronto Rehabilitation's University Centre will be a more
modern hospital with facilities better designed to provide care to adults
undergoing rehabilitation for serious injury and illness including stroke,
brain injury and multiple traumas and cancer. The redevelopment will also
include the creation of iDAPT facilities - Intelligent Design for Adaptation,
Participation and Technology - one of the most advanced rehabilitation
research facilities in the world. Toronto Rehab's iDAPT facilities will
significantly change the landscape of rehabilitation research in Canada and
beyond.
    The following building teams were short-listed through a request for
qualifications (RFQ) issued in April 2007 and have been invited to bid on the
project:

    
    -   Aecon Construction
    -   Bird Construction
    -   Bondfield Construction
    -   Carillion Canada Inc.
    -   EllisDon
    -   PCL Construction
    -   Vanbots Construction
    

    These teams have the construction, operational and financial capacity
required to undertake a project of this size and complexity. Once submissions
to the RFP are received and reviewed, a winning team will be selected in
spring 2008, with construction scheduled to begin shortly after.
    "We are encouraged by the government's continued support and commitment,"
said Toronto Rehabilitation Institute President and CEO Mark Rochon. "We are
one step closer to delivering our specialized patient care services and our
innovative research and education programs in state-of-the-art facilities that
are more conducive to the rehabilitation needs of our patients."
    The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto Rehab) is at the forefront
of one of the most important and emerging frontiers in health care today -
rehabilitation sciences. As a fully affiliated teaching and research hospital
of the University of Toronto, Toronto Rehab is Canada's largest provider of
adult rehabilitation services, complex continuing care, and long-term care.
Toronto Rehab is advancing rehabilitation knowledge and practice through
research, education and patient care.
    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will
work with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute to redevelop the 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.

    
                       Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
    

    Created in 1998, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute is the largest
academic adult rehabilitation and complex continuing care hospital in Canada.
It is a specialized teaching and research hospital, fully affiliated with the
University of Toronto, training health care professionals in all areas of
rehabilitation and complex continuing care. The institute is comprised of six
sites throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and employs 1,700 people and
benefits from the support of more than 400 volunteers.
    The redevelopment project at the University Centre site will consist of a
revitalized University Centre, transforming the acute care facility into a
state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital for adults who have experienced
traumatic and often life-altering illness and injury. This will include:

    
    -   Renovations to the existing 12-storey East Wing and four-storey North
        Wing.
    -   A new 13-storey patient care and research tower will be added to the
        southwest corner of the existing building, allowing for increased
        inpatient space as well as outpatient and on-unit therapy spaces and
        facilities.
    -   17,000 square feet of new dedicated research space to house the
        hospital's growing research program to attract the best and brightest
        researchers from around the world.
    -   Dedicated education space to accommodate the increasing number of
        students who come to Toronto Rehab to complete their clinical
        training in a variety of health care disciplines.
    

    Once completed, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute redevelopment
project will enable the hospital to close its Hillcrest site and move
Hillcrest programs to the upgraded facilities at the University Centre site.
The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was released in April 2007. The Request
for Proposals (RFP) for companies to build and finance the Toronto Rehab
University Centre redevelopment project was released in October 2007.

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For further information:

For further information: Jessica Hooker, Infrastructure Ontario, (416)
327-5325; Carolyn Lovas, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, (416) 597-3422,
ext. 3837


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