Ontario shortlists threee for healthcare centre

Three consortia are being invited to bid for the redevelopment of CAMH, the largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital in Canada.

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have shortlisted three consortia to proceed to the next stage of the procurement process for the design, build, finance and maintenance redevelopment project of CAMH, a facility that is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and billed as one of the leading research centres in its field.

The three shortlisted bidders are Plenary Health (Plenary Group, PCL Investments Canada), FHBT Group (Fengate Capital Management, Hochtief PPP Solutions North America) and EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare (EllisDon Capital), IO and CAMH said in a statement.

The Queen Street Redevelopment project, or Phase 1C as the project is also known, involves building two new facilities totaling about 600,000 square feet and will include inpatient and outpatient clinical services for people with complex mental illness, research and educational facilities, and information and resource facilities.

According to the statement, the project, which aims for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification, will also see the extension of roads, parks and green space improvements and restoration of heritage structures around the facility.

“We are pleased to have reached this milestone in the process of selecting a partner to build the next phase of our visionary redevelopment project,” CAMH president and chief executive Dr. Catherine Zahn said. “The creation of two new facilities that will improve patient care, educate clinicians and promote the inclusion of people with mental illness makes our project special,” she added.

The two entities, which are procuring the project along with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, did not disclose the estimated cost of the project, which is expected to be completed in late 2019 or early 2020.

Neither responded to requests for comment.

Infrastructure Ontario, a Crown corporation owned by the Province of Ontario whose mission is to help the government modernise and maximise the value of public infrastructure and realty, and CAMH expect a Request for Proposals (RFP) to be issued in early 2016.