Contract Awarded for Providence Care Hospital Project

KINGSTON, ON, Dec. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario and Providence Care today announced Integrated Team Solutions has signed a fixed price contract to design, build, finance and maintain the new Providence Care Hospital.

Today's announcement signifies that all contractual steps have been completed and construction will start immediately. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2016.

The hospital project is a significant economic opportunity for suppliers and contractors in Kingston and surrounding communities. At the peak of construction, Integrated Team Solutions estimates more than 350 workers will be on site daily.

The new hospital will be a state-of-the-art health care facility for residents of Kingston and surrounding communities. Services and programs from the St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital site and the Mental Health Services site of Providence Care will be relocated into the new hospital to offer a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient programs.

The project will incorporate sustainable design and construction features, with the goal of achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification. LEED® buildings focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and efficient use of energy, water and other resources.

The value of the contract with Integrated Team Solutions is approximately $810 million in today's dollars. Over the 30-year life of the contract, when adjustments for anticipated inflation are made, the contract value is $901 million. The contract cost covers the design and construction of the facility, building maintenance, life-cycle repair and renewal, as well as project financing.

The Providence Care Hospital project underwent an open, fair and competitive procurement process and Integrated Team Solutions submitted the proposal that delivered the best value for Ontario taxpayers.

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Providence Care to build the new facility, which will remain publicly owned and publicly controlled.

Infrastructure Ontario is a crown agency of the Province of Ontario that delivers large, complex infrastructure renewal projects on time and on budget. Over the last six years, the province has applied Infrastructure Ontario's alternative financing and procurement model to 83 major projects valued at approximately $38 billion, saving taxpayers an estimated $3 billion. Infrastructure Ontario also manages one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public sector clients with financing to renew public infrastructure, and leverages its private-sector expertise to manage major commercial transactions on behalf of the province.

Providence Care is southeastern Ontario's leading provider of aging, mental health and rehabilitative care and services. Affiliated with Queen's University, it is a centre for health education and research, and a member of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario.  Providence Care is sponsored by the Catholic Health Corporation of Ontario.

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Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"Ensuring Kingston and area residents have access to the right care, in the right place and at the right time is what our Action Plan for Health Care is all about. Today's announcement is great news and means we are one step closer to ensuring patients have a new hospital in place capable of responding to present and future needs of the community."

John Gerretsen, MPP for Kingston and The Islands
"I am very pleased we are one step closer to a much needed new public hospital here in Kingston to replace the aging St. Mary's of the Lake and Kingston Psychiatric Hospital facilities.  This long awaited new hospital will provide the deserving patients and residents of the Kingston area with a state-of-the-art facility that matches the high quality of care provided by the team at Providence Care."

Glen Wood, Board Chair, Providence Care
"The new Providence Care Hospital brings together our specialized aging, mental health, and rehabilitative care in the same building, reflecting Providence Care's commitment to treating each person with respect, dignity and compassion. The state-of-the-art design and the hospital's ideal location overlooking Lake Ontario will enhance quality of life for our patients, clients, families and staff.  We are excited to be moving forward."


Integrated Team Solutions


Integrated Team Solutions has signed a contract with Providence Care to design, build, finance and maintain the new Providence Care Hospital. Integrated Team Solutions includes:

  • Developer: EllisDon Corporation / Fengate Capital Management Limited
  • Design: Parkin Architects
  • Construction: EllisDon Corporation
  • Facilities Management: Johnson Controls
  • Financial Advisor: Scotia Capital

Equity funding for the project will be provided by EllisDon and Fengate Capital

The short-term and long-term bonds are fully underwritten by:

  • National Bank Financial Inc., Scotia Capital Inc., BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., and Desjardins Securities Inc.

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


Services and Programs at Providence Care Hospital


The new 270-bed Providence Care Hospital will be one of the  first hospitals to bring long-term, inpatient mental health care into the same building as complex care and physical rehabilitation, reflecting Providence Care's Values to treat each person with respect, dignity and compassion. Once construction is complete, the new hospital will be approximately 618,000 square feet.

Services will include:

Inpatient rooms and units

All inpatient rooms are single rooms and adjoin to a private, accessible washroom and shower. Patients can use a bedside touchscreen to adjust environmental and entertainment controls (ex. lights, temperature, curtains, television, internet). Quiet rooms, family lounges, kitchenettes and dining areas provide spaces for a range of activities and all units have direct access (no stairs) to outdoor terraces or gardens making it easier and more accessible for those with mobility challenges.  Two of the inpatient units have a "trial discharge apartment", to support clients who are transitioning from the hospital, back to the community.

Outpatient clinics

Located on the main level just inside the main entrance, outpatient clinic areas will be easy-to-find. The rehabilitation gym includes an indoor walking track as well as exercise therapy equipment, while the indoor heated therapy pool will be accessible to inpatients, outpatients and bookable by community groups.

Spiritual health and community

With a glass wall providing stunning views to Lake Ontario, the Worship Centre on the upper level of the new Providence Care Hospital will draw from the beauty of the surrounding environment and provide a space for community gatherings and religious services. Quiet rooms will be available to patients, clients and visitors in need of personal space for prayer or reflection. A large lecture hall has been designed for flexible use, to accommodate staff meetings or public events, providing a much needed place for collaboration and learning.

Natural light, smart design and access to outdoor spaces

The new Providence Care Hospital will benefit from the therapeutic effects of daylight, fresh air and views. Interior courtyards allow for natural light in corridor and office spaces, as well as patient and client areas, providing staff with improved work environments. Departments, services and units have been organized to support collaboration and to minimize travel distances between units for care staff.

Multiple outdoor courtyards, gardens and terraces provide a comfortable place for visits, social activities and interaction with nature. Patients, clients and families can find peace and comfort in the views to the Lake, the surrounding greenspace, the healing garden and along the walkways. The public cafeteria and patio opens up to the garden level, overlooking Lake Ontario and in the summertime welcoming visitors into the building.

Leading-edge technology throughout the building

Providence Care Hospital will incorporate the latest technology throughout the building, enhancing the patient experience as well as workplace efficiency. Security, communication and computer systems across the facility are completely modernized. Various rooms are equipped to support telemedicine and videoconferencing, connecting Providence Care to health professionals and clients in other regions. Smartboards, wireless computer and electronic patient record technologies are incorporated into the hospital plans.

Lobby and public areas

The design of the new hospital is welcoming, providing a home-like, patient-centred environment that allows individuals to meet friends and families in comfortable spaces throughout the building. The main lobby includes a reception area, where visitors can be greeted and will proceed to the nearby cafeteria, gift shops or outpatient clinics. On the upper level, dedicated space for education, learning and research supports Providence Care's role as an academic hospital, and its partnerships with Queen's University and other post-secondary institutions.

Landscape and local heritage

Providence Care Hospital will be integrated into the landscape and local architecture, providing individuals with a sense of place and drawing influence from nearby heritage buildings, Lake Ontario and the park. The modern design achieves a balance between "old and new", blending the use of various masonry, stone, metal and wood exteriors.


The new hospital has been designed to achieve LEED Silver designation, achieving industry leading-edge energy efficiency and supporting the City of Kingston's goal to reduce smog days to zero. Pollution, carbon emissions and contaminants will be minimized with the use of Energy Star equipment and other "green" systems such as effective stormwater management. A high albedo ("cool roof") is incorporated to reduce the heat island effect of the building, encouraging natural cooling during hot summer months. There will be covered bicycle storage for staff and visitors, with access to showers and change rooms inside the building.  

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SOURCE: Infrastructure Ontario

For further information:


Terence Foran 
Infrastructure Ontario 

Jessica Herbison
Providence Care
613-548-5567, Ext. 1335

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