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February 29, 2016 by On-Site Magazine

The old Groves Memorial Community Hospital is on its way to be replaced with a new facility

The old Groves Memorial Community Hospital is on its way to be replaced with a new facility

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Groves Memorial Community Hospital announced today the three teams pre-qualified to design, build and finance a new hospital to replace the existing Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Fergus.

Based on an open, competitive request for qualifications process that began in September 2015, three teams were pre-qualified and will be invited to respond to a request for proposals in mid-2016. Each of the teams includes a developer, design/builder and a finance group. They are:

  • GMCH Partnership
    • Developer: Bondfield Construction Company Limited
    • Design: Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc.; HH Angus; exp Service Ltd.
    • Construction: Bondfield Construction Company Limited
    • Financial advisor: Rocklynn Capital Inc.
  • EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare
    • Developer: EllisDon Capital Inc.
    • Design: architects Tillman Ruth Robinson; The Mitchell Partnership; WalterFedy Partnership; Hastings and Aziz
    • Construction: EllisDon Design Build Inc.
    • Financial advisor: EllisDon Capital Inc.
  • PCL Constructors Canada
    • Developer: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
    • Design: Parkin Architects Ltd.; Smith and Anderson; Stephenson Engineering
    • Construction: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
    • Financial advisor: TD Securities

“This is a critical point in the procurement process and we are delighted that the project has reached this stage. Soon IO’s proven AFP delivery model will result in the selection of a winning project team that will build a new hospital to replace the existing Groves Memorial Community Hospital,” said Bert Clark, president and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario.

Expected to be completed in 2019, the new Groves Memorial Community Hospital will be located in Aboyne, between Elora and Fergus. Highlights of the project include:

  • an expanded facility with more space for emergency, ambulatory, diagnostic and inpatient services to accommodate a growing community
  • private inpatient rooms (up to 80 per cent) with a dedicated shower, large windows and views to the Grand River Trail
  • modernized infection control measures, including additional isolation facilities, to enhance the hospital’s ability to respond to a pandemic or disease outbreak
  • up-to-date technology and clinical resources for physicians and staff
  • energy-efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly building features
  • an onsite helipad to allow for faster access to patient transfers by air ambulance

IO and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Groves Memorial Community Hospital to build the new hospital, which will remain publicly owned, controlled and accountable.

“We are excited to be one step closer to realizing a new Groves Hospital, a facility that will improve the health and wellness of our community for years to come,” said Howard Dobson, board chair, Groves Memorial Community Hospital. “The Groves Hospital staff, physicians, volunteers, community members and consultants have been hard at work carefully creating plans and illustrative designs for the new facility. Each bidder will receive our detailed plan to help guide them in responding to the request for proposal. It may seem like a long process to some, however, the detailed planning is necessary to ensure we are building a sustainable and viable hospital for the future.”

Quick Facts

  • This project is being delivered using IO’s Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model, an innovative way of financing and procuring large, complex public infrastructure projects.
  • 83 AFP projects have been brought to market as of September 30, 2015, with an approximate total capital value of $38 billion.
  • The Groves Community Memorial hospital project is one of 24 health-care projects currently being managed by IO.
  • 34 hospital projects have been completed using the AFP model as of September 30, 2015.
  • IO’s 2015 Track Record Report showed that 98 per cent projects have been completed on budget.

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