Environmentally friendly facility to boost local economy during construction

HAMILTON, ON, April 13 /CNW/ - The Honourable Sophia Aggelonitis, Minister Responsible for Seniors, Minister of Revenue and MPP, Hamilton Mountain, the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale joined hospital officials, staff and consumers today to celebrate the start of construction on the new West 5th Campus project.

The new hospital will provide larger, state-of-the-art facilities in order to integrate medicine and psychiatry consistent with St. Joseph's vision to destigmatize mental health. It will provide enhanced support for people and families living with mental illness and addiction. Highlights of the redevelopment include:

  • Approximately 800,000 square feet of new construction;
  • Increased capacity of up to 305 single person inpatient bedrooms and all associated support services;
  • Expanded outpatient clinics for psychiatry, diagnostic imaging and medical services; and
  • Additional innovative research and academic spaces as the hospital becomes the home to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University.

Construction began in January 2011 and is expected to be completed in summer 2014. Labour will be drawn largely from Hamilton and the surrounding communities and it is expected at the peak of construction more than 650 workers will be on site daily.

Construction activities taking place in the next few months include:

  • Excavation of foundation footings and pouring of partial concrete slab on grade;
  • Decanting of the hospital's Auchmar B-Wing and its demolition;
  • Installation of tower cranes, security and construction fences; and
  • Site services including installation of water supply, sanitary sewers, electrical and natural gas lines.

The selected project team, Plenary Health, will receive annual payments from the province over a 30-year period. Payments cover construction, building maintenance, lifecycle repair and renewal and project financing and are equivalent to approximately $581 million in today's dollars.

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton to develop the new hospital, which will remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable.

Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to delivering some of the province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects - ensuring they are built on time and on budget; as well, it is dedicated to providing the public sector and not-for-profit organizations with long-term financing to renew their infrastructure.

Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.


Sophia Aggelonitis, Minister Responsible for Seniors and Minister of Revenue and MPP, Hamilton Mountain
"This is a very exciting day for our community and all the residents of surrounding areas who rely on St. Joseph's Healthcare for excellent mental health and addiction services. We're closer than ever to realizing our vision of a new centre of excellence."

Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"This new expansion means Hamilton and area residents will have greater peace of mind knowing that they have increased access to high quality mental health care so close to home. Today in Ontario, mental illness and addictions affects one in five. My government is fully committed to supporting those affected."

Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale
"Through this redevelopment project, residents in our region will have continued access to mental health care close to home for many years to come."

Dr. Kevin Smith, President and CEO of St. Joseph's Health System
"This is a momentous occasion for healthcare in our community and our province as we officially break ground on the construction of the West 5th Campus of St. Joseph's Healthcare. This project enables us to continue to enhance our role of an innovative leader in mental health and addiction services in this region."

Dr. David Higgins, President of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
"Today's groundbreaking signifies we are closer to reaching our vision of a new facility, providing the very best in care to patients and families through innovative research, educational programs, superior clinical care and breaking down stigmas associated with mental health."

Mike Marasco, Chief Executive Officer, Plenary Health
"The Plenary Health team is very excited and privileged to work with the St. Joseph's team as they embark on their journey of becoming the North American leader in the provision of the full continuum of services for mental health and addiction patients."

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Plenary Health will design, build, finance and maintain the hospital's new West 5th Campus project. The Plenary Health team includes:

Developer: Plenary Group, Innisfree         
Design: Cannon Design
Construction:  PCL Construction Canada
Facilities Management: Honeywell
Financial Advisor: Royal Bank of Canada

Plenary Health participated in an open, fair and competitive procurement process and submitted the proposal with the best value for Ontario taxpayers.

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton West 5th Campus Project Highlights:

With approximately 800,000 square feet of new construction and increased capacity of up to 305 inpatient beds, inpatient and outpatient services provided in the new facility will include:

Mental Health and Addictions Program
-     Acute mental health
-     Geriatric psychiatry
-     Mood and anxiety disorders
-     Schizophrenia and Community Integration
-     Forensic Psychiatry
-     Intensive rehabilitation unit
-     Outpatient clinics
    Clinical Support Services
-     Anxiety Disorders Program
-     Treatment and assessment services
-     Patient and family services
-     Pharmacy
-     Medical outpatient clinic
-     Diagnostic imaging outpatient clinic
-     Health records
-     Clinical lab
Education, Learning and Research
-     Department of Psychiatry
-     Library
-     Education/training facilities
-     Centralized and decentralized research space
    Corporate services
-     Administration
-     Food services
-     Central stores

The design and construction of the new hospital will adhere to the guidelines and sustainability principles of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system, with a goal of achieving LEED® Silver certification. LEED buildings focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and efficient use of energy, water and other resources.

Highlights include:

  • using building materials with recycled and locally sourced products and divert 90 per cent of construction waste from the landfill;

  • preserving the mature grove of trees on the central and west portions of the site and new landscaping will be planted with native, drought resistant species;

  • reducing the facility's indoor water use by over 20 per cent through the use of highly efficient plumbing fixtures including low-flush toilets, faucets and showers;

  • providing space for secure bicycle storage, shower facilities for staff and public transportation routes in close proximity to the facility's front entrance;

  • minimizing solar heat gain through a predominant east-west orientation and a PVC roof to reduce the heat island effect; and

  • limiting the amount of light pollution by designing the site lighting layout with no light spillage to adjacent properties.

The contract with Plenary Health

The new West 5th Campus project will be delivered using an Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model. Under the terms of the project agreement, Plenary Health will receive annual payments from the province over a 30-year period. These payments cover design, construction, project financing and building maintenance for 30 years after construction.

The contract with Plenary Health is for $581 million in net present dollars, to be delivered by a fixed completion date. The project agreement also makes Plenary Health responsible for any design issues, project management and sub-contractor coordination, increases in construction material prices and labour costs, schedule and project completion delays, and other related construction risks. In the past, the public sector assumed these risks; however, the AFP model now transfers these risks to the private sector - to Plenary Health, in this case.

The province's 30-year maintenance agreement with Plenary Health will ensure that the physical components of this new facility - roofing structure, windows, floors, elevators, heating and cooling systems and other components - are kept in excellent working condition over the term of the agreement. Under the project agreement, if the building requires a new roof or a new boiler, the private sector replaces and pays for it.

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SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario

For further information:

Janelle Eade
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
905-522-1155, Ext. 36790 
          Terence Foran
Infrastructure Ontario


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