Building team selected for Toronto Rehabilitation Institute's redevelopment project

    TORONTO, July 28 /CNW/ - The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto
Rehab) and Infrastructure Ontario have selected Aecon Buildings, a division of
Aecon Group Inc., to build and finance the hospital's major redevelopment and
expansion of the University Centre.
    The expansion project will provide facilities designed specifically for
adults undergoing rehabilitation for serious injury and illness including
stroke, brain injury, multiple trauma and cancer. As well, it will make way
for Toronto Rehab's new iDAPT (Intelligent Design for Adaptation,
Participation and Technology) research facility, one of the world's most
advanced rehabilitation facilities that will change the landscape of
rehabilitation research.
    The University Centre capital redevelopment project includes:

    -   construction of a new 13-storey patient care and research tower on
        the site of the former four-storey south wing
    -   further renovations to the existing 12-storey east wing and four-
        storey north wing
    -   more than 17,000 square feet of new and enhanced research space
    -   dedicated education space for the increasing number of students who
        come to Toronto Rehab to complete their clinical training
    -   moving the hospital's Geriatric and Neuro Rehabilitation Programs
        into custom designed clinical space
    -   moving the hospital's Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Program into new
        and expanded patient care facilities at the University Centre and
        closing its Hillcrest Centre
    -   a new, more accessible entrance for patients and visitors

    Financing for the Toronto Rehab project is being arranged by Stonebridge
Financial Corporation. Project costs will be finalised and released in a few
weeks at financial close when all negotiations are completed. Construction is
expected to begin shortly after.
    "Hospitals are one of the pillars of our communities," said
George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.
"This project is part of the government's five-year $30-billion-plus
infrastructure investment plan, which represents the biggest investment in
health care infrastructure in more than a generation."
    "Renewing our hospitals is an essential part of ensuring quality health
care for Ontario's future," said David Caplan, Minister of Health and
Long-Term Care. "In addition to enhancing rehabilitative care, this project
will provide important training and research opportunities for our health care
workers of today and tomorrow."
    "We are delighted that a contractor has been named for our redevelopment
project," said Mark Rochon, President and CEO of Toronto Rehab. "We look
forward to the start of construction later this summer, and the emergence,
over the next three years, of one of the most advanced rehabilitation
hospitals in the country. Our redeveloped facilities will allow us to better
meet the needs of patients who require our specialized rehabilitation services
as well as our ground-breaking research and innovative education programs."
    Toronto Rehab is at the forefront of one of the most important and
emerging frontiers in health care today - rehabilitation science. As a fully
affiliated teaching and research hospital of the University of Toronto,
Toronto Rehab is Canada's largest academic provider of adult rehabilitation
services, complex continuing care and long-term care. Toronto Rehab is
advancing rehabilitation knowledge and practice through research and
    Infrastructure Ontario is working with Toronto Rehab and the Ministry of
Health and Long-Term Care 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.
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                       Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

    Created in 1998, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto Rehab) is
the largest academic adult rehabilitation, complex continuing care and
long-term 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 in Toronto 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 former acute care facility
into a state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital for adults who have
experienced traumatic and often life-altering illness and/or injury. This will

    -   Renovations to the existing 12-storey east wing and four-storey north
    -   A new 13-storey patient care and research tower that 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
        other 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.
    -   A new, more accessible entrance to the building for patients and

    Once completed, the Toronto Rehab redevelopment project will enable the
hospital to move the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation program to upgraded and
expanded patient care facilities at the University Centre and close its
Hillcrest Centre site.
    Construction on Toronto Rehab's redevelopment project will begin in
summer 2008.

For further information:

For further information: Laurel Ostfield, Minister's Office, Energy and
Infrastructure, (416) 327-4418; Carolyn Lovas, Toronto Rehabilitation
Institute, (416) 597-3422, ext. 3837; Jessica Hooker, Infrastructure Ontario,
(416) 327-5325

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