Contract finalised for $412m Canadian Hospital P3

Construction works on Ontario's Milton District Hospital, to be carried out by a Plenary-led consortium, will more than double inpatient capacity.

Following on the February selection of the Plenary Health consortium as preferred bidder, Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Halton Healthcare Services (HHS) have confirmed that the contractual process for the expansion and renovation of the Milton District Hospital is complete and construction set to begin immediately. 

The CAD$512 million (€380 million; $412 million) project will add 330,000 square feet of space to the existing 125,000-square-foot hospital facility in order to serve the expanding population of Canada's fastest-growing community. The design of the expanded hospital is meant to address the needs of all hospital users including seniors, children, individuals with visual or cognitive impairments, and those using wheelchairs and other mobility aids, according to a joint statement by IO and HHS. 

The contract calls for the expansion of emergency and surgical services, medical/surgical inpatient units, critical care, the maternal newborn unit, and diagnostic imaging and support services. 

Overall inpatient capacity of the hospital will more than double to 129 inpatient beds from 63, and more than 80 percent of these beds will be located in single-patient rooms. 

A Level 2A special care nursery, with capacity for eight basinettes, will also be created in the Maternal Newborn Unit, and the hospital will add its first Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine.

The project will target the Canada Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) rating system, with a goal of achieving LEED Silver certification, which the third-highest of four certification ratings offered by the organisation.

The hospital will remain publicly-owned, controlled and accountable throughout the life of the P3 contract. Construction is expected to be completed by the spring of 2017, with the expanded facility open for full-service operations by the fall of that year.

The Plenary Health Consortium is led by Plenary Group , and includes PCL Constructors Canada, B+H Architects, RTKL Associates, RBC Capital Markets and Johnson Controls Canada.