Request for qualifications issued for new detention centre

    TORONTO, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of
Community Safety and Correctional Services issued a request for qualifications
(RFQ) today to identify companies qualified to design, build, finance and
maintain the South West Detention Centre. The proposed site is located in
Windsor, Ontario.
    Construction of the 315-bed male and female state-of-the-art detention
centre will help to stimulate the local economy. This investment will create
spin off benefits in the community and region. During construction of the
detention centre, monies will be spent on purchasing supplies from local
businesses and potentially hundreds of construction workers will be employed
with the project. There will also be an increase of correctional services jobs
once the South West Detention Centre project is complete.
    "This project reaffirms the McGuinty government's commitment to creating
employment opportunities while updating and renewing vital infrastructure
across the province," said Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Community Safety and
Correctional Services. "The new South West Detention Centre will be built to
the highest security standards and every measure will be taken to ensure
public safety."
    RFQ submissions will be reviewed to pre-qualify project teams with the
design, construction and facilities management experience, qualified personnel
and financial strength to deliver a project of this size and complexity.
    Pre-qualified teams will be invited to respond to a request for
proposals, which is expected to be released in late 2009, subject to requisite
approvals for the proposed site.
    The South West Detention Centre will target Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard, which focuses on healthy indoor
environments, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and efficient use of energy,
water and other resources.

    Infrastructure Ontario is working with the Ministry of Community Safety
and Correctional Services to develop the facility. Infrastructure Ontario is a
Crown corporation dedicated to managing some of the province's larger and more
complex infrastructure renewal projects - ensuring they are built on time and
on budget.
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For further information:

For further information: Stuart McGetrick, Communications Branch,
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, (416) 325-9686;
Terence Foran, Infrastructure Ontario, (416) 325-2939

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