Timeline

Planning for the Windsor-Essex Hospitals System is a 5 - Stage Process

The Project is now in Stage 2 of the 5-stage planning process. This stage involves the creation of a "functional program" and "block schematic plans" for the new hospital.

 

Timeline

 

THE 5 - STAGE CAPITAL PLANNING PROCESS

STAGE 1A - THE MASTER PLAN

Stage 1A is the initial step in the planning for a new state-of-the-art acute care hospital. The report provides an overall building block of a strategic plan looking at what clinical and support services will be provided, the volume of these services, and the space required to provide these services. It is a foundation for the hospital's long-range capital plan outlining how services will be delivered in the future, preliminary operating costs, and human resources and bed requirements.

Stage 1A was completed and submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in November 2013. In February 2013, The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care allowed the committee to proceed to Stage 1B.

STAGE 1B - THE MASTER PLAN

Stage 1B, or the "Master Plan," builds on the work completed in Stage 1A, and includes more specific details about plans for a site, services, and finances. Stage 1B has been submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for review and evaluation. Ministry approval is required before proceeding to the next stage of planning.
Highlights of Stage 1B:
  • Site selection process resulting in a designated site
  • Architectural master plans
  • Implementation plan and schedule
  • High-level funding/financing plan including the determination of the local share component
  • A detailed analysis of what services will be located at which locations including the new acute care hospital and other community locations
  • A plan outlining the future use of existing facilities.

STAGE 2 - FUNCTIONAL PROGRAM

Stage 2 involves the creation of a “functional program” and “block schematic plans” for the new hospital.

The functional program is a detailed planning document that describes the future services, activity volumes, staffing levels, new technologies, and space requirements.

The final document will provide details on every room in the new hospital including what each room will be used for and where it will need to be located to provide the best possible experience for patients and staff.

The functional program will take about 6 months to complete.

Following this, a design team of architects and engineers will take the functional program and turn it into a set of “block-schematic drawings” outlining how all rooms, departments and services, can be organized in the hospital - both vertically and horizontally.

The goal is to have the functional program, the block schematic drawings and early cost estimates ready to submit to the Ministry of Health by spring, 2023.

STAGE 3 - PRELIMINARY DESIGNS

Building on the first two stages, the vision designed in Stage 2 is translated into project-specific output specifications. A Project Design and Compliance Team is chosen to work with the hospital in reviewing the project output specifications and then developing a block schematic report and a sketch plan report.

STAGE 4 - PROJECT BIDS

The hospital, MOHLTC, and Infrastructure Ontario go to the market and request project companies to submit their qualifications to undertake the final design and construction of the project. Companies deemed qualified will be requested to submit proposals to complete the project. The hospital and Infrastructure Ontario will choose a company to complete the project.

STAGE 5 - CONSTRUCTION AND IMPLEMENTATION

Award construction contract / Project Agreement.

 

WATCH: The Design Process for the Windsor/Essex New Acute Care Hospital

For more on the capital planning process, view the MOHLTC-LHIN Joint Review Framework for Early Capital Planning Stages Toolkit.

For more information on the history of the project, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page.