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Plenary Health to develop Milton District Hospital

A consortium led by developer Plenary Group will design, build and manage a greatly expanded Milton healthcare facility in Milton, Ontario.

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Halton Health Services (HHS) have announced their selection of Plenary Health as preferred proponent to develop the Milton District Hospital in Milton, Ontario.

Plenary Health is a consortium led by developer Plenary Group, and consisting of constructor PCL Constructors Canada; architects B+H Architects and RTKL Associates; financial advisor RBC Capital Markets; and facility manager Johnson Controls Canada.

When completed, the project will add 330,000 square feet to the existing 125,000-square-foot facility, which was originally built in 1959.

The last major expansion to the hospital was completed in 1987, at which time the hospital was retrofitted to accommodate a local population of 32,000. Since then, the population has expanded to over 100,000 and continues to grow, with a median age of 35 years.

After the expansion, the number of beds in the hospital will more than double to 129 beds from 63 previously. To limit potential for spread of infection and improve the recovery experience, 83 percent of the beds will be located in single-occupancy rooms.

Other improvements include the addition of the facility’s first Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine and a Level 2A Special Care Nursery with capacity for eight bassinettes in the Maternal Newborn Unit.

In November 2013, the Milton City Council approved plans for redevelopment, and in January last year a shortlist of developers was selected, including Plenary Health, Hospital Infrastructure Partners and the Milton Healthcare Partnership.

The Hospital Infrastructure Partners group bidding on the project consisted of developers Carillion Canada; EllisDon Capital; and Fengate Capital Management; constructor EllisDon Corporation; architects Parkin Architects and WZMH Architects; financial advisor Scotiabank; and facility managers Carillion Canada and EllisDon Corporation.

The Milton Healthcare Partnership consisted of developers HOCHTIEF PPP and Innisfree; constructors Bondfield Construction Company and Canadian Turner; architect Diamond Schmitt Architects, in association with Gunsul Frasca Architects; financial advisor Investec; and facility manager Honeywell.

The estimated total price tag for the project has not yet been made public, but an HHS representative said that the amount will be revealed upon substantial and financial close by the end of March 2015.

Al Coady, executive director of the Milton Hospital Redevelopment Project at HHS, told the local Oakville Beaver newspaper that once shovels break ground, the project should take roughly 30 months to wrap up. When completed, the hospital will be publicly owned and operated.