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Companies shortlisted for St. Michael’s Hospital redevelopment project

Toronto, May 27, 2013

Rendering of new patient care tower Rendering of new patient care tower

Three companies have been shortlisted to design, build and finance the construction of St. Michael’s Hospital’s new 17-storey patient care tower at the corner of Queen and Victoria streets and the renovation of approximately 150,000 square feet of existing hospital space, Infrastructure Ontario and the hospital announced today.

Based on a request for qualifications process that began in December, the following three companies were shortlisted:

  • St. Michael’s Partnership (Bondfield Construction Co. Ltd., NORR Ltd. with Farrow Partnership, and Rocklyn Capital Inc.)
  • Integrated Team Solutions (EllisDon Corp., Kasian Architecture and EllisDon Capital Inc. with Fengate Capital Inc.)
  • PCL Partnerships (PCL Constructors Canada Inc., B+H Architects with Silver Thomas Hanley, and TD Securities Inc.)

The companies will be invited to respond to a request for proposals, expected to be issued this summer. Each includes a developer, design and construction firms, and a financial adviser.

“This is a significant step toward renewing our hospital,” said Rob Fox, vice-president of Planning and Development. “We’re on schedule to begin construction next year, and we look forward to working with the successful bidder.”

The new tower will allow St. Michael's Hospital to relocate patient beds from an 85-year-old wing and provide larger space for programs that treat some of the most critically ill patients from across Ontario. These programs include patients from the medical-surgical intensive care unit and the largest adult cystic fibrosis program in North America.

Five new operating rooms will be added to the hospital, each large enough to include state-of-the-art medical imaging equipment. These hybrid operating rooms will allow surgeons to perform minimally invasive, image-guided or catheter-based procedures and undertake open surgery in the same operating room.

Redevelopment work will also provide enlarged, state-of-the-art inpatient facilities for orthopedic surgery, oncology and respirology — including the cystic fibrosis program — as well as critical care space for the coronary and medical-surgical units.

The Emergency Department will also be expanded. It was originally designed to accommodate 45,000 patient visits a year, but now accommodates more than 70,000 a year — a number that continues to grow with the population. This expansion will allow St. Michael’s to continue to fulfill its mandate as a regional trauma centre.

“This renewal project will allow St. Michael’s to move forward as a leader in the transformation of patient care,” said St. Michael’s President and CEO Dr. Robert Howard. “New technology and design will improve safety, outcomes and the patient experience.”

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with St. Michael’s Hospital to expand and renovate the hospital, which will remain publicly owned and controlled.

About St. Michael’s Hospital

St Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in more than 23 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the Hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

Media contacts

For more information, contact:

Leslie Shepherd
Manager, Media Strategy
St. Michael's Hospital
416-864-6094
shepherdl@smh.ca

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