ETOBICOKE, ON, May 6, 2016 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and William Osler Health System (Osler) have awarded a fixed-price contract to Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership to design, build, finance and maintain the new Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Tower Project. The contract is valued at $330 million, which reflects the substantial completion payment and the monthly service payments before inflation adjustments.
Construction on the new patient care tower will begin immediately with an expected completion date of late 2018.
The Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Tower project is a significant economic opportunity for local suppliers and contractors. At the peak of construction, Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership estimates that more than 300 workers will be on site daily.
The Phase 1 Patient Tower Project, involving the construction of a new four-storey wing, will add approximately 250,000 square feet of space to the existing facility and house the services most urgently needed by the Etobicoke community. Project features include:
- a larger, state-of-the-art emergency department to better meet the community's need for high-quality emergency care
- an ICU/CCU nearly four times larger than the current space
- larger patient rooms filled with natural light that provide privacy and space to accommodate family members
- a maternal newborn unit with birthing suites and a specialized Level II nursery for patients with non-life-threatening complications
- an ambulatory procedures unit featuring procedure/operating rooms, pre- and post-op preparation and recovery areas and dedicated clinic spaces, including a respiratory clinic
The Phase 1 Patient Tower Project will focus on sustainable design and construction 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.
- IO and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Osler to build the new patient tower project, which will remain publicly owned, controlled and accountable.
- The contract value reflects the substantial completion payment and the monthly service payments before inflation adjustments.
- The Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Tower project is one of 24 health-care projects currently being managed by IO.
- This project is being delivered using IO's Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model, an innovative way of financing and procuring large, complex public infrastructure projects.
- 83 AFP projects have been brought to market as of January 20, 2016, with an approximate total capital value of $38 billion.
- 35 health-care projects have been completed using the AFP model as of December 31, 2015, with 97 per cent on budget.
- IO's 2015 Track Record Report showed that 98 per cent of projects have been completed on budget.
- Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history — about $160 billion over 12 years for projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. This investment is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province. In 2015, the government announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"This is an exciting milestone for the community in Etobicoke. In a few short years, this growing community will receive a new, state-of-the-art patient tower that will serve patients for generations and reflect the high quality healthcare our government is committed to providing to Ontarians."
Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
"Today's announcement signifies that we are ready to put shovels in the ground to start building the new patient tower at the Etobicoke General Hospital site. This project demonstrates our government's commitment to renewing healthcare infrastructure across the province, creating meaningful jobs, and stimulating the local economy for a better tomorrow."
Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, Member of Provincial Parliament, Etobicoke North
"As the MPP for Etobicoke North, I am happy to see the next phase of the planned expansion for the William Osler Hospital – Etobicoke General Site. This new patient tower will support an increase in much needed services right here in my riding. I want to congratulate all those who worked tirelessly on making this expansion come to fruition."
John Davies, Chair, William Osler Health System Board of Directors
"This is an exciting time – not only for William Osler Health System, but also for North Etobicoke and surrounding areas. Etobicoke General is in the throes of a transformational renovation and expansion to meet the needs of the growing community. With the completion of this state-of-the-art four-storey wing, we will ensure Etobicoke General Hospital keeps pace with new technologies, new diagnostic techniques and improvements in care – in addition to expanding access to the programs and services that are needed most by patients and families."
Matthew Anderson, President and CEO, William Osler Health System
"This is an unprecedented time for health care in this community and something we should all celebrate and feel great pride in. With this important milestone, we will begin to see and hear construction activity on the site very soon and with that, our vision for the transformation of Etobicoke General Hospital will come to life before our very eyes. This is excellent news for our community, and for the staff, physicians and volunteers who are so committed to this hospital."
Ken Mayhew, President and CEO, William Osler Health System Foundation
"When Etobicoke General opened in 1972, it was because people in Etobicoke wanted – and worked for – exemplary health care close to where they lived and worked. Now, with this transformational expansion, it's once again time for the community to reinvest and build on this legacy of compassion, through donations, to ensure our families, friends and neighbours have the space and care they can rely on at Etobicoke General, for generations to come."
Bert Clark, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario
"Infrastructure Ontario is proud to partner with William Osler Health System to deliver the Etobicoke General Hospital expansion – another great example of what can be achieved through public-private partnerships."
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SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario
For further information: Media contacts: Nancy Kuyumcu, Infrastructure Ontario, 416-327-5764; Cara Francis, William Osler Health System, 905-494-2120 ext. 59467