FERGUS, ONT. - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Groves Memorial Community Hospital have released a request for proposals (RFP) to design, build and finance a new hospital in Aboyne, between Elora and Fergus. The new hospital will replace the existing Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Fergus.  
Three pre-qualified teams, each of which includes a developer/builder, designer and a financial advisor, are invited to submit proposals. The teams include: 


  • GMCH Partnership 
    • Developer: Bondfield Construction Company Limited 
    • Design: Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc.; HH Angus; exp Services Inc. 
    • Construction: Bondfield Construction Company Limited 
    • Financial advisor: Rocklynn Capital Inc.  

  • EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare 
    • Developer: EllisDon Capital Inc. 
    • Design: architects Tillman Ruth Robinson; The Mitchell Partnership; WalterFedy Partnership; Hastings and Aziz 
    • Construction: EllisDon Design Build Inc. 
    • Financial advisor: EllisDon Capital Inc. 

  • PCL Constructors Canada 
    • Developer: PCL Constructors Canada Inc. 
    • Design: Parkin Architects Ltd.; Smith and Anderson; Stephenson Engineering 
    • Construction: PCL Constructors Canada Inc. 
    • Financial advisor: TD Securities  
The teams were shortlisted following a fair and open request-for-qualifications (RFQ) process that began in September 2015. The RFQ selection criteria looked at the teams' construction capability, experience and financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and scope. 
The three teams will have approximately six months to prepare RFP submissions. Once received, IO and Groves Memorial Community Hospital will evaluate the proposals, select a preferred bidder, and then negotiate a final contract. A fairness monitor will oversee the entire process and the successful bidder is expected to be announced in the summer of 2017. 
A copy of the RFP is available at www.infrastructureontario.ca.   

Expected to be completed in 2019, the new Groves Memorial Community Hospital project will include: 

  • a replacement hospital built on a greenfield site, with more space for emergency, ambulatory, diagnostic and inpatient services to accommodate a growing community 
  • private inpatient rooms (up to 80 per cent) with a dedicated shower and large windows, including some with views of the surrounding rural landscape including the Grand River and extensive trail network 
  • modernized infection control measures, including additional isolation facilities, to enhance the hospital's ability to respond to a pandemic or disease outbreak 
  • up-to-date technology and clinical resources for physicians and staff  
  • energy-efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly building features 
  • an onsite helipad to allow for faster access to patient transfers by air ambulance  
IO and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Groves Memorial Community Hospital to build the new hospital, which will remain publicly owned, controlled and accountable.   

Quick Facts

  • This project is being delivered using IO's Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model, an innovative way to finance and procure large, complex public infrastructure projects. 
  • 89 AFP projects have been brought to market as of March 31, 2016, with an approximate total capital value of $39.41 billion.  
  • The Groves Community Memorial hospital project is one of 22 health-care projects currently in planning, procurement or construction. 
  • 35 hospital projects have been completed using the AFP model as of March 31, 2016. 
  • IO's 2015 Track Record Report showed that 98 per cent projects have been completed on budget. 
  • Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history - about $160 billion over 12 years for projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. This investment is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province. In 2015, the government announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.  
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care 
“We are one step closer to bringing a much-needed replacement hospital to the Fergus area. Our government is proud to support this project, ensuring that the community in Centre Wellington continues to have access to high-quality healthcare.”  
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure 
“We are very pleased with the progress being made on the Groves Memorial Community Hospital project and the enhanced healthcare it will provide to patients for years to come.” 
Howard Dobson, Board Chair, Groves Memorial Community Hospital 
“We are looking forward to seeing how the proponents develop their vision for the new hospital - a facility that will improve the health and wellness of our community for years to come. Over the next six months, Groves Hospital (staff/physicians/volunteers), Infrastructure Ontario and professional consultants, including architects and engineers, will work with the pre-qualified teams to ensure there are excellent designs to choose from.” 
Bert Clark, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario 
“Infrastructure Ontario is proud to be working with Groves Memorial Community Hospital. This announcement is a significant milestone in the process to select a team to deliver this project.” 
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Groves Memorial Community Hospital

Media contacts: 

Nancy Kuyumcu  
Infrastructure Ontario  


Alison Armstrong
Groves Memorial Community Hospital


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