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Next step announced for new mental health hospital in St. John's

The Waterford Hospital in St. John’s.
Plans to replace the Waterford Hospital in St. John’s have progressed, with the provincial government announcing Friday the three companies of teams which will compete to earn the contract to design, build, finance and maintain a new mental health facility. - Joe Gibbons

The provincial government announced Friday that three teams of companies — Atlantic Healthcare Group, Avalon Healthcare Partnership, and NL Healthcare Partnership — competing for a contract to design, build, finance and maintain a new adult mental health and addictions hospital have received the Request for Proposals (RFP) that outlines the requirements for the project.

Submissions are due in early 2020.

Proposal details include: the design and construction of the new 102-bed hospital that will be an extension of the Health Sciences Centre; a parking garage with space for a minimum of 1,000 vehicles; connections to the Health Sciences Centre; and financing and maintaining the hospital over the 30-year contract.

A news release notes the successful proponent will also be required to develop an apprenticeship training program for local apprentices and a plan to assist with hiring tradeswomen to work on the construction site.

“Our plan for mental health and addictions treatment involves creating awareness, ending the stigma and, of course, building a modern mental health and addictions hospital for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians,” Premier Dwight Ball said. “We are thrilled that we have reached this next milestone and excited about what the future holds for mental health and addictions treatment in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

The release notes that a business-to-business networking session will also be hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association and the Department of Transportation and Works to allow provincial businesses to showcase their products and services in private meetings with each of the three teams of companies competing for the contract.

The successful proponent will be announced in June 2020, with construction anticipated to start in the months following.

All three teams, which responded to a Request for Qualifications issued in November 2018, were evaluated based on team lead experience, design-builder capabilities, service provider and financial capacity.

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