Q. The Stage 3 submission was sent to the Ministry of Health in late March for approval. Where does that currently stand?
A. Our team has been engaged in discussion with the Ministry about the submission. This is normal. Everyone is working toward the same goal of planning and building a great hospital. All parties are working as fast as possible to achieve that goal.
Q. When do we anticipate Stage 3 approval?
A. Approval is expected imminently.
Q. What happens after the Stage 3 submission is approved?
A. Refining the RFP documents has continued since the Stage 3 plan was submitted. The Stage 4A (Approval to Request for Proposal) was submitted to the Ministry on May 28. Final revisions and reviews will continue into mid-June, and we are also preparing for the tendering period.
Q. When will the RFP for the design-build team be posted?
A. Ministry direction is to post the RFP on June 28, which is almost a week earlier than originally scheduled.
Q. What happens in Stage 4?
A. The three design-build team candidates will receive the tender documents on June 28. This launches us into formal design presentations from each team as they develop their proposals. Those presentations are followed up with design documents which will be checked for compliance and feedback, and then returned to the teams to progressively elaborate on their designs. This will continue until the proposals are received late fall 2021 at which point there is an extensive evaluation and negotiation process with the preferred proponent, leading to a contract to design-build-finance the project.
Q. What happens during the RFP period? Is there any contact between the hospital and the bidding teams?
A. There are regular touchpoints between the hospital, Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the three individual teams while the RFP is posted. These conversations will inform the teams’ bids. The procurement process will be overseen by a third-party to ensure transparency and confidentiality are maintained.