PENETANGUISHENE, ON, Dec. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Waypoint Centre for Mental
Health Care, Integrated Team Solutions, government officials, staff and
volunteers joined together today to celebrate the substantial
completion of the new hospital with a symbolic key exchange.
The major portion of construction is now complete in accordance with the
project agreement and the facility is ready to turn over to the
Built on Waypoint's existing site, the new forensic mental health
building replaces the 160-bed Oak Ridge Facility and the 20-bed Brebeuf
Facility, offering a larger, more modern and consolidated space for
treatment and care of people with mental illness who have come into
contact with the law.
The construction project began in February 2011 and has created hundreds
of jobs through the employment of local trades and construction related
suppliers. At the height of construction, as many as 300 workers were
on site daily. Labour and materials for the project were largely drawn
from the Midland, Barrie and Simcoe County areas.
The new building will be open for patient care on March 3, 2014.
Hospital-led transition and move planning, which has been underway
since last year, will continue within the new building, and includes:
training and orientation
new partnership processes including Honeywell's role as the maintenance
This project was delivered on time and on budget using the province's
Alternative Financing and Procurement model.
The facility was designed and constructed to adhere to the guidelines
and sustainability principles of Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED®) Gold certification. LEED® standards focus on healthy
indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and efficient use
of energy, water and other resources.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
worked with Waypoint to develop the new forensic hospital and campus
addition, which will remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and
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.
Located in Penetanguishene, Waypoint has a 100 year history of offering
healing and inspiring hope through innovative treatment, compassionate
care and an emphasis on quality of daily life. An extensive range of
regional speciality mental health inpatient and outpatient services are
part of the fully accredited hospital. Waypoint is home to the
province's only 160-bed maximum secure forensic mental health hospital.
It is recognized for its research and academic partnerships, including
its affiliation with the University of Toronto
Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca or http://www.waypointcentre.ca for more information.
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"Our government was very proud to construct the new Waypoint Centre for
Mental Health Care. The opening of this new forensic mental health
building offers the patients requiring these specialized services an
improved quality of life. On behalf of our government, congratulations
to Waypoint, Integrated Team Solutions and everyone involved in this
Carol Lambie, President and CEO, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care
"The Atrium Building is a significant improvement to the existing Oak
Ridge Building. Our health care team has been providing the best
quality of care to patients in an antiquated, dated infrastructure not
designed for health care. Today's celebration of substantial completion
means that very soon our patients will be able to recover and be cared
for in a more therapeutic environment, with hospital rooms and areas
embracing natural light and views of the Bay."
Betty Valentine, Chair, Board of Directors, Waypoint Centre for Mental
"The Atrium Building has been a good news story not only for our
patients, but for our community, as 300 construction jobs were created
through this project. The Redevelopment shows our commitment to
treating the Province's Forensic patients, and helping them on their
path to recovery in a truly idyllic setting on Georgian Bay."
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SOURCE: Infrastructure Ontario
For further information:
Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care
(705) 549-3181 ext. 2865