TORONTO - Infrastructure Ontario and St. Michael's Hospital announced today that three companies have been shortlisted to design, build and finance the construction of a new 17-storey patient care tower at the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets and the renovation of approximately 150,000 square feet of existing hospital space.

Based on a request for qualifications process that began in December 2012, the following three companies were shortlisted:

  • St. Michael's Partnership
    • Bondfield Construction Company Limited
    • NORR Limited / Farrow Partnership
    • Rocklyn Capital Inc.
  • Integrated Team Solutions
    • EllisDon Corporation
    • Kasian Architecture
    • EllisDon Capital Inc. / Fengate Capital Inc.
  • PCL Partnerships
    • PCL Constructors Canada Inc
    • B+H Architects / Silver Thomas Hanley
    • TD Securities Inc.

The companies will be invited to respond to a request for proposals, expected to be issued in summer 2013. Each includes a developer, design and construction firms, and a financial advisor.

The new tower will allow St. Michael's Hospital to relocate patient beds from an 85-year-old wing and provide larger space for programs that treat some of the most critically ill patients from across Ontario. These programs include patients from the medical-surgical intensive care unit and the largest adult cystic fibrosis program in North America.

Five new operating rooms will be added to the hospital, each large enough to include state-of-the-art medical imaging equipment. These hybrid operating rooms will allow surgeons to perform minimally invasive, image-guided or catheter-based procedures and undertake open surgery in the same operating room.

Redevelopment work will also provide enlarged, state-of-the-art inpatient facilities for orthopedic surgery, oncology and respirology - including the cystic fibrosis program - as well as critical care space for the coronary and medical-surgical units.

The current emergency department will also be expanded. It was originally designed to accommodate 45,000 patient visits a year, but now accommodates more than 70,000 a year - a number that continues to grow with the population. This expansion will allow St. Michael's to continue to fulfill its mandate as a regional trauma centre.

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with St. Michael's Hospital to expand and renovate the hospital, which will remain publicly owned and controlled.

Infrastructure Ontario is a crown agency of the Province of Ontario that delivers large, complex infrastructure renewal projects on time and on budget. Over the last six years, the province has applied Infrastructure Ontario's alternative financing and procurement model to 83 major projects valued at approximately $38 billion, saving taxpayers an estimated $3 billion. Infrastructure Ontario also manages one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public sector clients with financing to renew public infrastructure, and leverages its private-sector expertise to manage major commercial transactions on behalf of the province.

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Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“St. Michael's Hospital plays a critical role in the health and well-being of Toronto residents, so it's important that we get the right team for this job. The project is a part of our government's Action Plan for Health Care, which is all about providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place.”

Dr. Robert Howard, Chief Executive Officer, St. Michael's Hospital
“This renewal project will allow St. Michael's to move forward as a leader in the transformation of patient care. Renovations to the Emergency Department will provide the proper space to be both a downtown trauma centre and a local hospital for a diverse and changing inner city population. State-of-the-art technology and design will improve safety, patient outcomes and patient experience.”


Mandy Downes
Infrastructure Ontario
416 327-5246

Leslie Shepherd
St. Michael's Hospital

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