Construction Timeline Announced For New Hospital Build

Tuesday May 3rd, 2022

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Windsor Regional Hospital has announced the time frame for building the New Windsor/Essex Acute Care Hospital.

“The new acute care hospital project has moved ahead aggressively in the last 18 months. We went from no funding for Stage 2 to full funding and now a fixed RFP date and shovel in the ground date. Premier Ford made a promise to our region and delivered on that promise,” said David Musyj, President and CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital.

Work on Stage 2 planning began immediately following the Stage 2 funding announcement in October. A Project Management Team was assembled to lead planning, and 38 User Groups, representing different clinical and non-clinical support service areas in the hospital, are currently developing a Functional Program for the new facility. The Functional Program is a detailed planning document outlining future services, activity volumes, staffing levels, new technologies, space requirements and important adjacencies.

In the next few months, a team of architects and engineers will use the Functional Program to create block schematic plans for the building. These early plans will illustrate how all the departments’ rooms will be organized throughout the hospital, both horizontally and vertically. The project team is on track to have this part of the planning ready to submit to the Ministry of Health, along with a revised cost estimate, by early next year.

Following this, additional work is required to develop the plan and design, so it is ready to market in 2026.

“We have a lot of exciting work ahead of us,” said Musyj. “But now we can focus on getting everything in place so we can start the tendering process in 2025; break ground and start building this much needed and long-awaited state-of-the-art hospital in the spring of 2027.”

The construction period is expected to last approximately four years.

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