New mental health hospital nears debut

A 310-bed public-private facility in Ontario will open in March.

A social infrastructure project in Ontario to provide “state-of-the-art” treatment for people suffering from mental illness has reached “substantial completion”.

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) jointly publicised the “symbolic key exchange” of the 350,000-square foot Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care.

“The major portion of construction is now complete…and the facility is ready to be turned over to the hospital,” IO announced in a press release.

The site is a “larger, more modern and consolidated space for treatment and care of people with mental illness who have come into contact with the law,” IO said.

Waypoint is replacing both a 160-bed centre in Oak Ridges, Ontario, and a 20-bed Brebeuf facility, and is located in Penetanguishene, a town in Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada.

Construction on the 310-bed maximum security hospital began in 2011 in a public-private partnership (PPP; P3) with ‘Integrated Team Solutions,’ a consortium teaming developer EllisDon Corporation and investment company Fengate Capital Management.

CCPPP claimed the 30-year design, build, finance, and maintain (DBFM) concession with Integrated Team Solutions resulted in cost savings of C$83 million ($78 million; €57 million) compared to traditional procurement.

IO, a ‘Crown corporation’ in charge of infrastructure in the province, noted Waypoint will open for patient care in March 2014.