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Province announces Toronto-St. John's team has successful bid for design, construction of new mental health hospital

This screenshot is from a digital video outlining the design of the new adult mental health and addictions hospital in St. John's, Construction on the facility is set to begin this fall and to be completed in late 2024.
This screenshot is from a digital video outlining the design of the new adult mental health and addictions hospital in St. John's, Construction on the facility is set to begin this fall and to be completed in late 2024. — YouTube

Avalon Healthcare Partnership set to begin construction of the facility this fall, with completion expected in late 2024

A 240,000 square foot, six-storey, 102-bed hospital, a 1,000-vehicle parking garage and a 60-bed hostel.

Those are the numbers and dimensions associated with the new adult mental health and addictions hospital in St. John’s, whose construction will start this fall.

Premier Dwight Ball announced today that Avalon Healthcare Partnership has been selected to design, build, finance and maintain the facility, which will be located adjacent to the Health Sciences Centre and replace the Waterford Hospital in the capital city’s west end. The main section of the Waterford facility dates back to 1855.



Avalon Healthcare Partnership had been one of three teams shortlisted to bid for the contract. The Plenary Group from Toronto is listed as the team leader, with Marco Services of St. John’s as the builder and B+H Architects of Toronto as the design lead, with St. John’s architect John Hearn also on the team.

According to a provincial government news release, the estimated net present value of the new hospital contract is $330 million.

The new hostel will replace the Agnes Cowan Hostel. The demolition of the latter, which is also on the Health Sciences Centre property, is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks. So is early site work.

Construction on the parking garage will start this fall and will be completed in late 2021. Construction of the hospital’s main building is set to begin next spring and should be completed in late 2024.

The design of the new hospital can be viewed on YouTube.


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