VAUGHAN, ON, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Zeidler Partnership Architects, a Toronto architectural firm, has been selected to lead the planning, design and compliance aspects of the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital project. The new, state-of-the-art hospital will be constructed in Vaughan at Major Mackenzie Drive and Jane Street.
The planning, design and compliance team will establish the guidelines and performance requirements that the successful building team must meet when preparing their designs. The team will also monitor construction progress and provide coordination and oversight services throughout the course of the project.
The new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will include:
- a state-of-the-art emergency department
- modern surgical services and operating rooms
- acute inpatient and intensive care beds
- technologically-advanced diagnostic imaging
- specialized ambulatory clinics
- single acute care patient rooms for infection prevention and control
- a flexible design to permit adaptation over time as new thinking and best practices emerge
Once the planning, design and compliance aspects are completed, the hospital and Infrastructure Ontario will issue a request for qualifications for a company to design, build, finance and maintain the project, using the alternative financing and procurement model. Under this model, risks associated with the design, construction and financing of complex hospital projects are transferred to the private sector.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Mackenzie Health to build the new facility, which will be publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable.
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.
Mackenzie Health is a regional healthcare provider that includes Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital and the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital as well as a network of community-based services in southwest York Region and beyond.
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"Our government has long been committed to ensuring that the people of Vaughan have access to high quality health care services, as close to home as possible. Today's announcement helps us take yet another step forward and points to more good news to come for this important project."
Glen Murray, Minister of Infrastructure
"Today's announcement signifies our government's commitment to delivering the healthcare resources and infrastructure this growing community needs and deserves."
Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO, Mackenzie Health
"This is another great moment for our project. The PDC team will be instrumental throughout the critical next steps for the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, and we are excited to begin working together."
Dina Palozzi, Chair, Mackenzie Health Board of Directors
"We are very pleased to celebrate this milestone with our partners, Infrastructure Ontario, and continue our forward momentum in bringing the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital to life."
Steven Del Duca, MPP, Vaughan
"The Ontario government is committed to delivering the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital as scheduled because our residents deserve access to quality hospital care closer to home. Today, we are taking another important step towards planning and designing this state-of-the-art facility. I will keep working hard on this project until it is completed and its doors are open to serve the community."
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Image with caption: "From left to right: Mayor David Barrow, Town of Richmond Hill, Reza Moridi, MPP for Richmond Hill, Chairman Bill Fisch, York Region, Dina Palozzi, Chair of the Mackenzie Health Board of Directors, Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO of Mackenzie Health, Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, City of Vaughan and Steven Del Duca, MPP for Vaughan together during the official planning, design and compliance team announcement for Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital on Oct. 9, 2013. (Photo credit: Rick Bell) (CNW Group/Infrastructure Ontario)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131009_C8422_PHOTO_EN_31894.jpg
SOURCE: Infrastructure Ontario
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