New Kingston Hospital Ontario

Infrastructure Ontario and Providence Care has put out a request for proposals for the design, financing and construction of a revitalized health care centre in southeastern Ontario.

The call comes after an initial field of bidders to design and develop the hospital was whittled down to three finalists.

Following a request for qualifications in March 2012, the two organizations narrowed the field down to a consortium headed by EllisDon with Parkin Architects and Adamson Architects Associates as designers; another with Plenary Group working as the developer, Cannon Design in charge of the facility design and PCL Contractors Canada responsible for construction; and a third headed by Carillon Canada with design by IBI Group and additional development and construction by Concert Infrastructure and M. Sullivan & Son, respectively.

New Kingston Hospital Ontario

Now, Infrastructure Ontario and Providence are asking the three groups to bring forth their best concepts. ”Building new hospitals is part of our government’s Action Plan for Health Care commitment to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place,” said Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Deb Matthews, adding that the request for proposals is the next step in providing Ontarians “with a new, state-of-the-art facility to meet their health care needs.”

The 270-bed Kingston-based hospital will be designed and built with sustainability in mind, aspiring to LEED Silver status.

It will include single inpatient rooms built to meet strict infection control standards, with therapy and treatment areas adjacent to the rooms themselves, as well as on-site clinics for both inpatients and outpatients.

New Kingston Hospital Ontario

It will also feature state-of-the-art research, teaching and learning facilities to help ensure Providence Care remains at the fore when it comes to health care research, education and innovation. ”The new hospital will directly benefit patients and clients and allow Providence Care to live our Mission, by enhancing the quality of life of those we serve,” said Providence Care board chair Glen Wood.

At an expected cost of $350 million, the hospital will replace St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital and the Mental Health Services Facility in Kingston.

While few would argue against improved health care facilities, some in Kingston, including city councillor Rob Hutchison, have expressed concern over possible cost overruns given that the hospital is being built through a public-private partnership.

By Mark Schafer