'Topping Off' ceremony marks the structural completion of phase one of
Women's College Hospital's new facility
TORONTO, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of
Ontario, the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term
Care, and Women's College Hospital celebrated the official topping off
of 'phase one' construction of the hospital's new facility, earlier
today. A traditional 'Topping Off' ceremony signifies that the highest
point of construction has been reached.
To mark this exciting milestone, and to celebrate the achievements of
all those involved in building the Hospital of the Future, staff,
physicians, volunteers and key stakeholders signed the last steel beam
before it was hoisted into place on the construction site.
Women's College Hospital's redevelopment involves the construction of a
new state-of-the-art facility including 440,000 square feet of clinical
space and 231,000 square feet of underground parking. Rising at the
pinnacle of Toronto's Discovery District, it will fully integrate
clinical care, research and education. Patients will be treated in
comprehensive, interprofessional clinics, where people with complex
chronic conditions learn how to prevent and manage their diseases, and
new models of care will be created to share with the world.
"As we lay this last beam to create the highest point of this new
building for Women's College Hospital, we do so knowing that, within
its walls, dedicated professionals will reach ever higher to provide
excellent care for Ontarians," said Premier McGuinty.
"I am thrilled to see the progress made on the redevelopment of Women's
College Hospital," said Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term
Care. "Women's College is a leader when it comes to our Action Plan
goal of providing access to the right care, at the right time and in
the right place - and this milestone represents another step forward."
Women's College Hospital's president and CEO, Marilyn Emery, shared the
Minister's excitement. "Today's celebration marks a significant
milestone for Women's College and brings us closer to our vision of
advancing the health of women and developing innovative solutions that
improve the health system as a whole."
In 2010, Women's College Hospital carried out an unprecedented study
asking 1,000 women what they want from a hospital and from health care.
"We incorporated what we learned into the plans for the new Women's
College Hospital," adds Emery. "So our new facility will not just be
another hospital, but a whole new kind of hospital: a hospital focused
on equity and community, and designed around an ambulatory model of
care that helps keep people out of hospital. It will provide the type of leading-edge care and
unparalleled caring that has been our hallmark for more than 100
Construction of the new facility began in September 2010, and progress
is on schedule and on budget. An estimated 300 construction workers
will be on site daily at the peak of construction.
Phase one of the new building is expected to be complete in spring 2013
and phase two in 2015. Women's College Partnership has been contracted
to design, build, finance and maintain the new hospital. It is made up
of Bilfinger Berger, Perkins Eastman Black, IBI Architects, the Walsh
Group, Bondfield Construction and Black and McDonald.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with Women's College Hospital on its redevelopment. The
hospital will remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly
For more information about Women's College Hospital, please visit www.womenscollegehospital.ca.
SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario
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