TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario and Casey House have released a request for proposals to the six companies shortlisted to build and finance the Casey House redevelopment project. Renovation and expansion of the facility, which is scheduled to begin in late 2014, will improve health care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
A request for qualifications issued in August 2013 shortlisted six companies with the construction and financial capacity to undertake a project of this size and scope. The shortlisted companies invited to bid are:
- Bird Capital Limited Partnership
- Eastern Construction Company Limited
- EllisDon Capital Inc.
- Graham Construction and Engineering LP & Harbridge & Cross Limited, a Joint Venture
- PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
- WCC Construction Canada, ULC o/a Walsh Canada
The redevelopment project will provide more efficient, seamless care by consolidating all programs and services under one roof. It involves renovating an existing heritage property at 571 Jarvis St. and incorporating a new 48,000 square-foot facility. The new facility will feature:
- 14 in-patient beds, including two respite beds
- office space for the home care programs
- therapy rooms and community space for a new day health program
- new space for administrative and support services, including Casey House Foundation
- underground parking for 15 vehicles
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Casey House to redevelop the facility.
Casey House was Canada's first stand-alone 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.
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.
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"People living with HIV/AIDS rely on the care and support they receive at Casey House, and our government is committed to ensuring clients continue to have access to quality care in an expanded facility, built to meet their specialized needs."
Stephanie Karapita, CEO, Casey House
"HIV/AIDS presents enormous health care challenges that can be very hard to address without an integrated and comprehensive approach to care. There are more people in Toronto living with this disease than ever before. This new facility will enable Casey House to introduce a new model of care for people living with HIV/AIDS. This includes a new Day Health Program, which will double our capacity to serve this vulnerable population."
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SOURCE: Infrastructure Ontario
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