Executive Council
Transportation and Works
Health and Community Services
August 23, 2019

Request For Proposals Issued for New Adult Mental Health and Addictions Hospital

The Provincial Government has reached the next stage of the procurement of a new adult mental health and addictions hospital in St. John’s.

The three teams of companies—Atlantic Healthcare Group, Avalon Healthcare Partnership, and NL Healthcare Partnership—competing for a contract to design, build, finance and maintain the new adult mental health and addictions hospital have received the Request for Proposals (RFP) that outlines the requirements for the project. 

Submissions are due in early 2020 and proposals will include details on:

  • The design and construction of the new 102-bed hospital as an extension of the Health Sciences Centre;
  • A parking garage with space for a minimum of 1,000 vehicles;
  • Connections to the Health Sciences Centre; and
  • Financing and maintaining the hospital over the 30-year contract.

The successful proponent will also be required to develop an apprenticeship training program for local apprentices and a plan to assist with hiring tradeswomen to work on the construction site.

A business-to-business networking session will also be hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association and the Department of Transportation and Works to allow provincial businesses to showcase their products and services in private meetings with each of the three teams of companies competing for the contract.

The successful proponent will be announced in June 2020, with construction anticipated to start in the months following.

All three teams, which responded to a Request for Qualifications issued in November 2018, were evaluated based on team lead experience, design-builder capabilities, service provider and financial capacity.

A value-for-money assessment completed by EY in 2018 concluded that using the public-private partnership approach would result in cost savings of 12.3 per cent over 30 years compared to traditional procurement methods.

The adult mental health and addictions hospital delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

“Our plan for mental health and addictions treatment involves creating awareness, ending the stigma and, of course, building a modern mental health and addictions hospital for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. We are thrilled that we have reached this next milestone and excited about what the future holds for mental health and addictions treatment in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador 

“Construction is underway on long-term care homes in Corner Brook, Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor and on the new hospital in Corner Brook. These projects and the adult mental health and addictions facility will deliver important health care infrastructure in their regions but also contribute to economic growth as well.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Transportation and Works 

“We are working to improve infrastructure and services in all parts of the province. The addition of a new mental health and addictions hospital, a new six-bed mental health unit in Labrador, mental health crisis beds in all regions, as well as new community-based programs and services, are key steps towards transforming our mental health and addictions system. We must ensure people can get the services they need when and where they need them.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Communities Services 

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Learn more
The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador 

The Way Forward: A Multi-Year Plan for Infrastructure Investments PDF Icon

Adult Mental Health and Addictions Facility Procurement Moves to Request for Proposals Stage

Details regarding Atlantic Healthcare Group, Avalon Healthcare Partnership, and NL Healthcare Partnership PDF Icon

Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador PDF Icon

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