In the dead of winter, redevelopment at Osler is red hot

From the desk of Ann Ford, Joint VP, Facilities and Redevelopment

Winter is often a time when we hibernate but as the temperature drops, redevelopment activities are heating up across Osler and we are excited to share our progress with the community.

We are inviting you to a public meeting to learn more about our exciting renovation and expansion plans at Etobicoke General, including the construction of our new four-storey wing. This meeting will give us an opportunity to walk you through our progress to date and outline what’s ahead, talk about the expanded programs and services that will be available, as well as answer any questions about the future of Etobicoke General. I invite you to join us at this meeting:

Where:
Albion Heights Junior Middle School – Auditorium
45 Lynmont Road
Toronto, ON

When:
Monday, January 26, 2015
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

This is an exciting time for change at Etobicoke General. We reached a significant milestone last fall when together with Infrastructure Ontario (IO), we issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify companies with the experience and ability to design, build, finance and maintain the new four-storey wing. The qualified teams will be invited to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) early this spring.

We are also undertaking a series of early works projects to prepare for the construction of the new wing. This includes upgrading the existing heating and cooling systems, integrating building systems connections for the new addition, and upgrading the parking area on the western hydro lands to create more spaces, improve traffic flow and enhance safety.

The Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness is beginning to take shape as the construction team has finished the excavation for the new building, poured the foundation and is working to complete the underground parking levels. With three cranes on site, the project is moving forward quickly and is expected to be completed in two years. Watch Peel Memorial grow by checking out our webcam.

Last month, we asked you to help us choose the colours and design elements for the interior. Your input has helped us choose the distinct colours and unique designs that will represent each area of the hospital in order to help patients and visitors easily find their way. We recently announced the winning elements – take a peek at what the interior of the new Peel Memorial will look like!

We can’t talk about Peel Memorial without also discussing Brampton Civic Hospital. When Peel Memorial opens, certain programs currently located at Brampton Civic will shift to the new facility. Our redevelopment team is working on master space planning to determine the best use for those spaces once the programs have moved.

Brampton Civic is also undergoing changes that will have a more immediate impact. We are in the process of expanding the hospital’s Cardiac Procedures Unit (CPU) to incorporate more recovery space that will create a more relaxing and healing atmosphere for patients who have undergone a cardiac procedure or treatment. The project is expected to be completed in June of 2015.

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