OTTAWA - Infrastructure Ontario and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute have issued a request for qualifications to build and finance the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Cardiac Life Support Services Redevelopment project.

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is an academic health science centre dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing heart disease. The project will expand the facility to accommodate the changing needs of the area resulting from shifting demographics and technological advancements, and will improve access to high quality specialized cardiac services for residents in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network region.

New construction at the facility will:

  • add five floors of clinical and in-patient services
  • expand support services such as biomedical engineering and data services
  • add approximately 146,000 square feet of space, 90,000 of which will house life support services such as cardiac catheterization, cardiac surgery and the cardiac surgery intensive care unit

Redevelopment work at the existing facility will:

  • include renovation of approximately 60,000 square feet of space
  • provide support services for the heart catheterization/electrophysiology suite, surgical suite and the cardiac intensive care unit
  • relocate the cardiac imaging suite

The request for qualifications is the first step in the procurement process to select a team to build and finance the project. Submissions will be reviewed to pre-qualify project teams with the required construction capability, experience and financial capacity to undertake a project of this size and complexity. These teams will then be invited to respond to a request for proposals, which is expected to be released in spring 2014.

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with University of Ottawa Heart Institute to expand and renovate the facility, which will remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable.

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 Ottawa Heart Institute has consistently demonstrated a commitment to quality and excellence and our government is excited to see this project moving forward. This redevelopment project, when complete, will ensure that patients continue to have access to high quality cardiac care close to home, in a larger, more modern setting that is capable of meeting the present and future needs of the community.”

Dr. Robert Roberts, President and CEO, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
"The Ottawa Heart Institute's new facility will be the physical platform on which we will continue to make the new discoveries and develop the techniques that will transform cardiovascular medicine."


Shawn Yu
Infrastructure Ontario

Vincent Lamontagne
University of Ottawa Heart Institute

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