TORONTO, Aug. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The request for proposals stage has now closed for six shortlisted companies to submit their bids to build and finance the Casey House redevelopment project.
The redevelopment project will provide more efficient, seamless HIV/AIDS healthcare by consolidating all programs and services under one roof. The project involves renovating an existing heritage property at 571 Jarvis St. and incorporating a new 48,000-square-foot facility that will be built at 119 Isabella St.
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, including the Casey House Foundation
- underground parking for 15 vehicles
The request for proposals, issued in February 2014, outlined the project's approved scope for six pre-qualified bidders to base their proposals and cost estimates. Over the next few months, the proposals will be evaluated by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Casey House. The successful bidder and cost of the project will be announced following financial close. Construction is expected to begin shortly after.
IO and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Casey House to redevelop the facility, which will remain publicly owned, controlled and accountable.
Casey House was Canada's first standalone treatment facility for people with HIV/AIDS when it opened in 1988. It is a specialty HIV/AIDS care facility that also offers community programming, including home care and outreach programs.
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 (AFP). Infrastructure Ontario 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.
Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
"This project is significant because it will deliver the specialized care people living with HIV/AIDS need. Through state-of-the-art public infrastructure, we will continue to stimulate growth that benefits everyone in our community."
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"I am proud of the progress being made in the Casey House redevelopment, which will enhance care and support for more individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Through this investment, Casey House will be able to strengthen their delivery of the high-quality services they offer the community."
Stephanie Karapita, CEO, Casey House
"Our redevelopment will enable Casey House to create a new model of care, including a day health program. We will also be able to greatly expand the number of people we serve. We're very excited about the future of HIV/AIDS health care at Casey House."
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SOURCE: Infrastructure Ontario
For further information: Adam Cotter, Infrastructure Ontario, 416-212-0637; Kathleen Sandusky, Casey House, 416-962-4040 x297