GTA Construction project briefs


ErinoakKids project commences in Brampton – first of three valued at $163.33 million

Construction started in early May for three GTA children’s treatment facilities with a fixed price contract value of $163.33 million.

The Peel-Hamilton Partnership (PHP) earlier won the contract for the ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development projects. PHP team members include Bondfield Construction Company Ltd. (developer and construction), Stantec Architecture (lead architects) and Rocklynn Capital Inc. (financial advisors).

The first project will be in Brampton, including a 26-bed Regional Respite Centre, the largest of its kind in the province.  EnoakKids will also receive structures in Mississauga and Oakville under the infrastructure Ontario contract, providing therapy and medical support services for children and youth with disabilities and special needs.

“ErinoakKids is thrilled today to commemorate the start of construction on our new Brampton facility,”  ErinoakKids president and CEO Bridget Fewtrell said at a groundbreaking ceremony on May 1.  “This day marks a milestone not only for our organization, but for the clients and families we serve. Our children and youth will have access to better co-ordinated services to help them reach their true potential, and our most complex clients and families access to a first-of-its-kind respite centre in the province.”

Located at the intersection of McVean Dr. and Castlemore Rd. in northeast Brampton, the new 122,000 sq. ft. facility will house Ontario’s largest respite centre for children who are medically fragile/technology dependent, have complex care requirements or autism. The centre will offer a range of services from day to overnight stays and, for the first time, 24/7 service. Here, specially trained staff, nurses and program assistants will care for children with complex care needs, providing a period of caregiving relief for parents.

“Supporting the needs of our clients and families is at the core of what we do at ErinoakKids,” said board chair Meeta Bains. “Our new Brampton facility is being built as a welcoming, accessible space so that we can continue to provide critical medical services, treatment and therapy for future generations of Ontario children and youth.

The new Brampton site will house:

  • A warm-water therapy pool;
  • A controlled multisensory Snoezelen room for children with autism or developmental disabilities;
  • Two fully accessible playgrounds for recreation therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy;
  • An adapted fitness facility;
  • A youth drop-in centre;
  • Two gyms for physiotherapy, group therapy and recreation therapy;
  • 25 treatment rooms;
  • Three therapeutic playrooms;
  • A Family Resource Centre for staff and families; and
  • An audiology area for hearing aid fitting and dispensing.

The Brampton location is one of three new ErinoakKids sites to be constructed as part of a redevelopment project approved in 2011 by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The project will enable ErinoakKids to consolidate its current patchwork of outgrown and mostly leased and retrofitted office and commercial spaces into three larger sites  in Brampton, Oakville and Mississauga.

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services is funding the design and construction costs, as well as funding to support the acquisition of land, project planning and overall project management. ErinoakKids is raising $20 million – $15 million for therapy/treatment program equipment and furniture, and $5 million to support specialized services through its $20 million In My Dreams capital campaign.

The three sites are set to open in spring 2017.

Work starts on Burlington Canal Bridge project

Construction is starting on the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge.  burlington-bridge

The State Group in Mississauga won the $9.4 million contract to replace key components of the bridge’s lift system.

“The replacement of key components of the bridge’s lift system will extend its serviceable life, meeting the needs of both marine and vehicular traffic in the area,” a news release says.

The schedule may change due to weather or logistical requirements.

Three shortlisted teams selected to compete for new Etobicoke General Hospital patient tower

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and William Osler Health System have released a request for proposals to the three teams shortlisted to design, build, finance and maintain the new Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Tower Project.

A request for qualifications process in October 2014 resulted in the shortlisting of the top three teams with the development, design, construction, financial and facilities management capacity to undertake a project of this size and complexity.

The teams invited to bid are EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare, Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership and Plenary Health.

The Phase 1 Patient Tower project, involving the construction of a new four-storey wing, will add approximately 250,000 sq, ft, of space to the existing facility and house the services most urgently needed by the Etobicoke community. Project features include:

  • a larger, state-of-the-art emergency department to better meet the community’s need for high-quality emergency care;
  • an ICU/CCU nearly four times larger than the current space;
  • larger patient rooms filled with natural light that provide privacy and space to accommodate family members;
  • a maternal newborn unit with birthing suites and a specialized Level II nursery for patients with non-life-threatening complications; and
  • an ambulatory procedures unit featuring procedure/operating rooms, pre- and post-op preparation and recovery areas and dedicated clinic spaces, including a respiratory clinic.

The Phase 1 Patient Tower Project will focus on sustainable design and construction with the goal of achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.

Once submissions to the request for proposals are received and evaluated, the successful project team is expected to be selected and announced in spring/summer 2016. Construction is expected to begin shortly after.


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