Royal Victoria Hospital expansion project attracts industry interest

    BARRIE, ON, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario and Royal Victoria
Hospital announced today that companies have been pre-qualified to build and
finance the hospital's Phase I Expansion project.
    "We are pleased to see such interest from the construction industry in
this project," said Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan.
"Our government is making much-needed improvements to Ontario's infrastructure
at an unprecedented rate. These improvements will be made in a way that
ensures value for taxpayers' dollars as we build strong, prosperous
    "This project is an essential part of our government's plan to renew
hospitals and lower emergency room wait times in the local community and
across the province," said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term
Care, George Smitherman. "Once complete, the expanded Royal Victoria Hospital
will improve access to important health services so that residents of Barrie
and the surrounding communities will get the care they need, when they need
    The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued on October 25, 2007. The
process identified bid teams with the development, construction and financial
capacity required to undertake a project of this size and complexity.

    The following companies have been pre-qualified for this project:

        -  Bondfield Construction
        -  Carillion Canada Inc.
        -  EllisDon Corporation
        -  PCL
        -  Pomerleau Inc.
        -  Vanbots

    A Request for Proposals for the project is expected to be issued in
spring of 2008.
    "One more step to the completion of the Royal Victoria Hospital
expansion. One more step to making health care delivery in Barrie more
immediate and more accessible. All good news," said Barrie MPP Aileen Carroll.
    "This is an exciting time for us as we move ahead with our plans to
expand Royal Victoria Hospital," said Janice Skot, President and CEO of Royal
Victoria Hospital. "This announcement means we're one step closer to bringing
care closer to home for patients across our region."

    Highlights of the Royal Victoria Hospital project include:

        -  creation of the Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre;
        -  101 additional inpatient beds;
        -  an expanded Emergency Department;
        -  an expanded Laboratory;
        -  an expanded Diagnostic Imaging Department;
        -  two additional Operating Rooms; and
        -  a designated Coronary Care Unit.

    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will
work with Royal Victoria Hospital to redevelop the hospital, which will remain
publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable. 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.
    This project is guided by principles outlined in the province's Building a
Better Tomorrow framework, which ensures public ownership of core assets such
as hospitals, schools, and water and wastewater facilities.
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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Jennifer Sclisizzi, Infrastructure
Ontario, (416) 325-7409; Suzanne Legue, Royal Victoria Hospital, (705)
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