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Building team selected for the Royal Victoria Hospital Phase 1 expansion project

Royal Victoria Hospital and Infrastructure Ontario have selected Vanbots, a division of Carillion Construction Inc., to build and finance the hospital’s Phase I Expansion project, which includes the addition of the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre.


The Royal Victoria Hospital Phase I Expansion project will nearly double the size of the existing hospital, adding more than 400,000 square feet of new space.  It will provide a regional cancer centre to bring services closer to home for cancer patients throughout Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka.


The project will help the hospital to ensure timely access to services and to meet the needs of a growing population.  It will provide:


  • the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, which will log more than 60,000 patient visits in its first year
  • capacity for 101 additional inpatient beds
  • an Emergency Department that will triple in size and have a trauma unit, isolation ward and mental health crisis team
  • an expanded laboratory
  • a Diagnostic Imaging Department that will double in size to increase patient flow and privacy
  • two additional operating rooms that are larger than existing suites for complex surgeries
  • a dedicated seven-bed Coronary Care Unit for critically ill cardiac patients.

Financing for the Royal Victoria Hospital project is being arranged by Norddeutsche Landesbank Gironzentrale; National Australia Bank Limited; National Bank of Canada Inc.; CIT Financial Ltd.; Banco Espirito Santo de Investimento SA; Toronto Dominion Bank; and Bank of Montreal. 

Construction of the new addition and cancer centre is expected to be completed in fall 2011, with the significant renovations to the existing hospital completed by spring 2013. 

“Renewing our hospitals is an essential part of ensuring quality health care for Ontario’s future,” said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. “This project is part of the government’s five-year $30-billion-plus infrastructure investment plan, which represents the biggest investment in health care infrastructure in more than a generation.”

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