Windsor-Essex mega-hospital project sped up

The site of the new acute care hospital in Windsor, October 18, 2021. (Photo by Maureen Revait)

Windsor-Essex’s new acute care hospital may be ready earlier than previously projected.

According to the November Market Update from Infrastructure Ontario, released Wednesday, construction on the region’s new mega-hospital could begin a year sooner than anticipated.

With a projected construction start date of 2027 earlier planned for, the market update stated that the hospital could begin actual building almost a year earlier, with a completion date sometime in 2030.

“The November 2022 update shows the tendering process beginning in early 2025 with a contract awarded and construction starting in the summer of 2026,” tweeted Windsor Regional Hospital. “During a visit to Windsor earlier this year, Health Minister and Deputy Premier Sylvia Jones wanted to send a message from herself and Premier Doug Ford when she stated ‘We want to see this project completed.'”

The project is currently in Stage Two of planning, which began in the fall of 2021. Windsor Regional Hospital President and CEO David Musyj said in May that the planning process is progressing as expected.

“That’s pretty exciting to have a timeline now set. This is a very complicated and also expensive project,” said Musyj at the time. “We are very happy with the dates selected. Yes, I would love to be sticking shovels in the ground now, and I wish we would have. But we could have if we were funded back in 2017 when it was announced to go to Stage Two if we were given the money to actually start Stage Two.”

The planning, design, and performance Request for Proposals (RFP) has closed, and Stantec Architecture has been selected as the planning, design, and conformance consultant.