Infrastructure Ontario and Michael Garron Hospital have issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a team to design, build and finance a new patient care tower project at the facility, which will remain publicly owned, controlled and accountable.
The project involves the construction of an eight-storey patient care tower and three-storey connection, as well as the demolition or renovation of some existing space. The project will add as much as 550,000 square feet to the existing hospital.
In addition to the construction, the project also includes the replacement of the oldest beds in the medical/surgical and rehabilitation units; the replacement of the mental health inpatient units for adult and child/youth care; the consolidation of ambulatory care and ambulatory procedures; the creation of two levels of underground parking and a new main entrance; and the accommodation of other administrative and support services needed to support clinical services. The project also involves renovating about 100,000 square feet of select areas within the existing hospital.
The entire project will enable the delivery of efficient, accessible, high-quality patient care while also replacing some of the oldest spaces in the facility. The project is expected to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for demonstrating excellence in design and sustainability.
“This project demonstrates our government’s commitment to the East Toronto community,” said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, in a press release. “Michael Garron Hospital’s redevelopment will ensure improved access to high-quality health care for residents, while creating countless employment opportunities.”
The RFQ is the first step in the procurement process to select a team to work on the project. Submissions will be reviewed to shortlist teams that have the right design and construction experience, as well as the qualified personnel and financial capacity, to deliver a project of this magnitude. Shortlisted teams will be invited to respond to a request for proposals, which is expected to be released in early 2017.