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TORONTO, Dec. 23, 2013 /CNW/ -Infrastructure Ontario and Casey House have shortlisted six companies to build and finance the Casey House facility replacement project, which will improve care and support services for those living with HIV/AIDS.

Based on a request for qualifications process that began in August 2013, the following companies were shortlisted:

  • Bird Capital Limited Partnership
  • Eastern Construction Company Limited
  • EllisDon Capital Inc.
  • Graham Construction and Engineering LP & Harbridge & Cross Limited, a Joint Venture
  • PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
  • WCC Construction Canada, ULC o/a Walsh Canada

The replacement project will provide more efficient, seamless care by consolidating all programs and services under one roof. It involves renovating an existing heritage property at 571 Jarvis St. and incorporating a new 48,000-square-foot facility that will be built at 119 Isabella St.

The new facility will feature:

  • 14 in-patient beds, including two respite beds
  • office space for the home care programs
  • therapy rooms and community space for day health programs
  • new space for administrative and support services, including Casey House Foundation
  • underground parking for 15 vehicles

The companies will be invited to respond to a request for proposals, expected to be issued in early 2014.

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Casey House to redevelop the facility.

Casey House was Canada’s first stand-alone treatment facility for people with HIV/AIDS when it opened in 1988. It is a specialty HIV/AIDS care facility that also offers community programming, including home care and outreach programs.

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
“The Casey House project will improve care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Greater Toronto Area. Our government has long been committed to ensuring that Ontarians and their families have access to high quality health care close to home – a key pillar of our Action Plan for Health Care.”

Stephanie Karapita, CEO, Casey House
“This redevelopment will enable Casey House to more than double our capacity to provide compassionate health care for some of Toronto’s most frail and vulnerable people living with HIV/AIDS. Specifically it will allow us to expand our continuum of care, including a Day Health Program, which will serve as a new model of care for people living with complex chronic diseases.”

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SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario

For further information:
Mandy Downes
Infrastructure Ontario

Kathleen Sandusky
Casey House
416-962-4040 Ext. 297