Peel Memorial Hospital now seeking bids to build

File photo shows mothballed Peel Memorial Hospital
Rene Johnston/Toronto Star

Infrastructure Ontario and William Osler Health System are inviting bids to build the long-awaited $433 million Peel Memorial Hospital redevelopment in Brampton.

The request for proposals (RFP) recently went out to the three shortlisted companies, Mississauga-based EllisDon’s Integrated Team Solutions, Peel Healthcare Partnership and Plenary Health to design, build, finance and maintain the redevelopment of the hospital.

“This is an exciting time for health care in Brampton,” William Osler Health System Board of Director’s 
vice chair Neil Davis said in a statement.

“The new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness will mark a move away from traditional health care by introducing new models of care that shift the focus from illness to wellness, and encourage patients to take a more active role in managing their own health.”

Estimated at $433 million to build the hospital, not including operating costs, the new Lynch Street facility will focus on services such as rehabilitation, senior’s wellness, mental health and addictions programs, chronic disease management and preventative care for chronic conditions.

The City of Brampton has committed up to $60 million to the project, but as of yet has only set aside $1 million in the city budget reserve fund.  The remainder of the $60 million will likely come from taxes, though from exactly what source is still a topic of debate.

Lindsay Jeffrey, MPP Brampton-Springdale said the provincial government has committed $17 million to the project.

The remainder of the $433 million will come from other levels of government, donors and fundraising initiatives.

Officially Brampton’s first hospital, Peel Memorial opened its doors in February 1925 and was named after soldiers who had died in the First World War.

Over the next 75 years, the hospital underwent extensive new additions, including several new wings and specialized areas for radiology, physiotherapy, mental health, paediatrics and intensive care.

By the late 1980s, space had grown to more than 600 beds.

In the late 1990s, Peel Memorial joined together with two other health facilities, Georgetown and District Memorial Hospital and Etobicoke General Hospital to form what is now known as the William Osler Health System.

However, due to the age of several buildings, Peel Memorial was temporarily and completely closed in October 2007 to prepare for its upcoming redevelopment.

Construction for Peel Memorial is slated to begin in Spring 2014 and be completed by early 2016.

The three Peel hospital teams, Integrated Team Solutions, Peel Healthcare Partnership and Plenary Health, were shortlisted after a request for qualifications that began in November of last year.

All of the teams included a developer, design-builder, finance group and a building maintenance provider.

The EllisDon group, Integrated Team Solutions, includes EllisDon Capital and Fengate Capital Management, architect Zeidler Partnership, financial adviser Scotiabank and building manager Johnson Controls Canada LP.

Peel Healthcare Partnership’s team consists of developer and financier Bilfinger Project Investment North America Inc., builder WCC Construction Canada, architect HDR Architecture Associates Inc. and facilities manager Cofely Services Inc. 

Finally, Plenary Health’s team includes developer Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd., PCL Constructors Canada Inc. as the builder, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Royal Bank, and Honeywell Ltd. as facilities manager.



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