Infrastructure Ontario and Public Health Ontario have released a request for proposals to the five companies shortlisted to build and finance Public Health Ontario's new Toronto public health laboratory at MaRS Centre Phase 2.
A request for qualifications issued in October 2012 shortlisted the top five companies with the construction and financing abilities to deliver the project. The shortlisted companies invited to bid are:
- Brookfield Multiplex
- EllisDon Corporation
- PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
- Turner Construction Company
- Walsh Construction Canada ULC
The new lab will provide more flexible space to meet current and emerging clinical and public health needs and will be able to adapt to new functions and testing technologies. The lab will be located within the top four floors of the new MaRS Centre tower in heart of Toronto's Discovery District, replacing an existing facility in the west end of Toronto.
Public Health Ontario's Toronto public health laboratory is the largest in its network of 11 provincial public health laboratories. It is projected to conduct 2.8 million tests annually when it opens in 2014. The facility will be designed, constructed, commissioned, and certified to meet the standards and guidelines established by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, as well as Ontario Laboratory Accreditation standards.