Hospital construction boosting local economy
OAKVILLE, ON, April 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn, Oakville mayor Rob Burton and representatives from Halton Healthcare Services and the Oakville Hospital Foundation celebrated the official topping off of the new Oakville Hospital today, marking the highest point of construction.
Numerous members of the construction team were also on hand to commemorate the milestone. Attendees signed a steel beam that will be placed within the building, which is progressing on time and on budget toward substantial completion in summer 2015, with an anticipated move-in date later the same year.
More than 73,000 cubic metres of concrete have been poured into the structure - enough to build a walkway from downtown Oakville to Pearson International Airport. There are currently more than 550 workers on site daily and at the peak of construction there will be more than 1,200.
The new, state-of-the-art hospital will have capacity for 457 inpatient beds and offer a full range of acute health care services, including complex continuing care rehabilitation, renal dialysis, acute inpatient care, maternal child care and inpatient and outpatient adult, child and adolescent mental health services.
Construction activities taking place in the next few months will include:
- exterior pre-cast panel installation
- roofing structural steel installation
- exterior glass and curtain wall installation
- elevator installations
- metal stud partitioning
- continuation of sewer installation
- mechanical and electrical rough-ins
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Halton Healthcare Services to develop the new hospital, 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 dollars, saving taxpayers an estimated $3 billion dollars. 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.
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long Term Care
"The construction of a new, state of the art facility in Oakville supports our government's Action Plan for Health Care which seeks to provide Ontarians with the right care, at the right time and in the right place."
Glen Murray, Minister of Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation
"The progress on this project is indicative of our government's commitment to delivering the health care resources and infrastructure this community needs and deserves."
Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville
"This new hospital is going to make such a difference for people living in Oakville. I am thrilled to see the project take another step toward completion by reaching this milestone thanks to the provincial government and contributions from the people of Oakville."
John Oliver, President and CEO, Halton Healthcare Services
"Less than one year ago we were celebrating the first concrete pour and today we are standing at the base of a building that has reached its final height. As much as we're celebrating a construction event, we're really celebrating a milestone for us in our commitment to providing the best care possible for our community. I am looking forward to the time when we can invite our community into this incredible facility."
Rob Burton, Mayor, Town of Oakville
"The topping off celebration is symbolic. Oakville's New Hospital will take healthcare to new heights and it is another step towards realizing our vision of creating in Oakville, Canada's most livable town."
Lou Serafini Jr., Hospital Infrastructure Partners
"This is a project that's not only close to our hearts, but close to our homes. At its peak, New Oakville Hospital will have over 1,200 local trades and specialized craft workers on site - all representatives of the proud partnership delivering this distinctive healthcare centre."
SOURCE: Infrastructure Ontario
For further information:
Halton Healthcare Services
905-845-2571, Ext. 6531