Ontario Construction News staff writer
Infrastructure Ontario and Hamilton Health Sciences have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to pre-qualify construction teams for an upcoming hospital redevelopment project in Grimsby. Bidders interested in the project have until January to respond to the RFQ.
“This is a significant milestone toward redeveloping West Lincoln Memorial Hospital,” said Rob MacIsaac, president and CEO at Hamilton Health Sciences. “In less than a year, this project has progressed from initial planning stages to finding a builder for the new hospital. We’re thankful for the ongoing commitment of our government partners, the community and our team who keep this project on track and moving quickly toward the finish line.”
The project will replace the 70-year-old West Lincoln Hospital with a larger, modern facility. Shortlisted teams will be invited to respond to a request for proposals, or RFP, which is expected to be released mid-2021.
“This is great news for the continued progress towards the new hospital the residents of Grimsby and West Niagara deserve,” said Niagara West MPP Sam Ooosterhoff. “I am confident we will see shovels in the ground as soon as possible. We can’t forget, this started back at square one in 2018, and the project has seen remarkable progress in two years.
“This step is good news towards the selection of the construction firm which will build this hospital. I will keep working with our local community to make this happen.”
The Government of Ontario committed to rebuilding West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in November 2018 and the project continues to move through the Ministry of Health’s five-stage planning process for building new health infrastructure in Ontario. The Stage 2 plan was submitted for Ministry review at the end October.
It will be delivered as a P3 (Public-Private Partnership) model. Find out more about P3s. The winning bidder will be responsible for designing, building and financing the new hospital. An emergency department, maternal and newborn care, and community surgery are among the key services the redeveloped hospital will provide.
In its most recent P3 Market Update this fall, IO estimated the cost for the project at between $200 million and $499 million.
A shortlist of bidders and the release of an RFP is expected in mid-2021.
Interested companies must register with merx.com to download the RFQ.