Grey County issues construction tender for long-term care home

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Grey County is issuing a construction tender for a new long-term care home.

A construction prequalification was issued in 2023 and qualified bidders have until March 7 to submit a bid. Pre-construction sitework has been completed to allow the successful contractor to start work quickly once the tender has been awarded.

JT Excavating was awarded the pre-construction tender in the fall of 2023. Sitework included clearing and grading the property, managing fill, and creating the base for new roads and servicing to the property. The project also included work to prepare adjacent properties for future development.

Construction is expected to be completed in 2026.

Redevelopment costs for the entire project are currently estimated at $96.7 million. Actual costs for the construction portion of this amount won’t be known until bids are received and the tender is awarded.

“Grey County is about to make the single largest investment into services in our county’s history,” Grey County Warden Brian Milne said in a news release. “Council is committed to moving forward with this important project which will ensure high quality, public long-term care remains available in southern Grey County for decades to come.

“A lot of careful planning has been completed to get us to where we are today with a site that’s ready to go. We’re grateful to have had terrific support from the Municipality of West Grey, and great service provided by JT Excavating in preparing the site.”

The current Rockwood Terrace long-term care home is reaching the end of its operating license and must be redeveloped to meet current ministry requirements. County Council voted to rebuild the home in Durham south of the current site and expand the number of long-term care beds from 100 to 128. The resident experience is the focus of all planning for the new state-of-the-art facility, with room design, community feeling, dining room experience and infection control as the key design principles.

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