‘If you like it, put a ring on it’: preferred proponent selected for Michael Garron Hospital’s redevelopment project


By Robert Orr Vice President, Redevelopment

It has been almost two and half years since I joined the Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) family and I must say it has been the most rewarding and exciting time of my entire career.

Reaching today’s milestone, the formalization of the preferred proponent for our redevelopment project, is especially significant.

After a rigorous 10 month design & evaluation period, I’m pleased to announce that EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare has been selected as the preferred proponent to design, build, and finance our redevelopment project.

If you like it, put a ring on it

Overall, we were very impressed with the caliber of submissions from all the teams who bid on our project – Walsh Toronto East Health Partners, PCL Partnership & EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare. They all tried very hard to understand our organization and to bring forward their best proposal for our consideration.

I’ve often thought big projects like ours proceed in a similar way to relationships. At first we created our specifications; a lot like setting up an account on a dating site. Then we issued our Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select three bidders; similar to identifying those on the dating site with “potential”. During the open period last spring/summer we spent a lot of time with the three bidders refining their designs; much like dating the top candidates. During evaluations last fall we determined which bidder had the highest score; a lot like deciding who will be the love of your life. Identifying the preferred proponent for our project is a lot like putting a ring on their finger; and we’ll be committing to getting married this February when we close the deal.


Flashback close to 90 years ago, Michael Garron Hospital opened its door to the community with D wing. This year, the campus will be transformed once again. (Photo:MGH)

The EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare team is comprised of the following companies:
• Design Build: EllisDon Design Build Inc.
• Design Team: B+H Architects and Diamond Schmitt Architects
• Financial Advisor: EllisDon Capital

We couldn’t have reached this point without the tremendous input and expertise of our physicians, staff, volunteers, patients and community who were involved in the many meetings and planning sessions leading up to this announcement. I’d also like to recognize the outstanding groups of people in the redevelopment, facilities and finance departments whose unwavering dedication has ensured our project’s success.

This is a very exciting time for the hospital and the East Toronto community. As Sarah Downey President & CEO said in the news release issued this morning:

“Today marks a tremendous milestone for our community! Our main hospital campus, which has been serving east Toronto since 1929, is aging and due for a major renewal. Our redevelopment will make a significant difference to patients, neighbours, staff, physicians and volunteers. The design embraces our rich history, incorporates best practices and paves the way for our continued success delivering outstanding care. We look forward to working with EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare to reach a final contract and begin construction on this monumental project. Together we will build more than just a hospital. Our campus will be transformed into a community hub that not only creates health but is able to support individuals to live to their full potential throughout the continuum of care.”

Infrastructure Ontario and Michael Garron Hospital will now work to finalize contract details with EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare. The project is expected to reach commercial close and financial close in the coming months and then construction will start soon after.

To learn more about Michael Garron Hospital’s redevelopment project plans and meet the team, please join us at the:

Staff, physician & volunteer open house:
• Wednesday February 14, 2018
• F-wing, 5th floor, 825 Coxwell Avenue
• 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Together, let’s celebrate the accomplishments we have achieved and look forward to commencing our redevelopment project this year.

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