TORONTO, March 6, 2015 /CNW/ - Casey House and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) announced today that the facility has signed a fixed-price contract with Bird Construction, to build and finance their redevelopment project. Today's announcement signifies that all contractual steps have been completed and Bird Construction will begin to mobilize on site immediately.
The Facility Replacement Project will provide more efficient, seamless HIV/AIDS health care by allowing for a new day health program and consolidating all current programs and services under one roof. This 58,000-square-foot project involves renovating an existing heritage property and the construction of a new facility.
The new facility will accommodate:
- 14 private in-patient beds, including two respite beds
- office space for home care programs
- therapy rooms and community space for a day health program
- new spaces for administrative and support services
The Casey House project underwent an open, fair and competitive procurement process and Bird Construction submitted the proposal which delivers the best value for Ontario taxpayers.
At the peak of construction there will be approximately 200 workers on site. Bird Construction estimates that approximately 100 per cent of the labour for Casey House's replacement project will come from the Greater Toronto area.
The contract commits Bird Construction to build and finance the Casey House facility redevelopment project for $32 million, which will be paid out when construction is completed in late 2016.
Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
"Our government's commitment to expand and redevelop Casey House will generate significant economic development in the Greater Toronto Area, and will support hundreds of local jobs. I'm thrilled Infrastructure Ontario can be a part of this project, and I look forward to construction beginning immediately."
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"I am extremely proud to see this important project reach this critical milestone. Providing individuals living with HIV/AIDS with improved access to high quality care, from treatment to respite care, is an example of our government's commitment to putting patients first."
Stephanie Karapita, CEO, Casey House
"There are more people living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto today than ever before. The new building will allow Casey House to expand our capacity and introduce a new model of health care delivery for our clients who desperately need help in managing the many challenges of living with HIV/AIDS."
IO and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Casey House to expand and renovate the facility, which will remain publicly owned, controlled and accountable.
IO is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario that works to deliver public benefits through partnerships with the private sector. IO delivers large, complex public infrastructure projects using a made-in-Ontario modern procurement and project management practice called Alternative Financing and Procurement. IO also partners with the private sector to manage one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public-sector clients with loans to renew public infrastructure, and leverages its private-sector expertise to advise the provincial public-sector clients on commercial transactions.
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SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario
For further information: Adam Cotter, Infrastructure Ontario, 416-212-0637; Kathleen Sandusky, Casey House, 416-962-4040 Ext. 297