Grey County has chosen a firm called Colliers Project Leaders for the re-development of Grey Gables and the new build of Rockwood Terrace.
Approval was announced last November for an upgrade of 66 beds, resulting in a 128-bed lat the County long-term care home in Markdale. Grey County had already been approved for 28 new and 100 redeveloped beds at Rockwood Terrace in Durham.
The company has municipal health care experience with Prescott-Russell among others.
Andrew Rodrigues and two colleagues presented the timeline at the LTC redevelopment task force recently:
-3 months: project initiation
-16 months: design, development and tendering
-24 months: construction
-3 months: closeout.
In the first stage, the company will review the history and key requirements of the projects and previous studies. Emerging post-COVID standards following the recent commission into long-term care will be reviewed in the design.
Because of the 2025 deadline for needed changes to Rockwood Terrace, the project will have to have a strict timeline, Mr. Rodrigues told the LTC re-development committee.
Colliers staff meet bi-weekly with the contractor to review constructions as issues emerge. There will be a deficiency hold-back as part of the contract when awarded.
CAO Kim Wingrove told the committee that the reference received from Prescott-Russell was very good.
County council later approved the recommendation to award the management services RFP to Colliers at $899,000.
Many from the Southgate area become residents in the two facilities. Grey Gables, in particular, has a long history in the area.
The first county facility on the site was opened in 1904 as Grey Owen Lodge, a house of refuge for people in the County needing a place to live for different reasons.
In 1944, the Grey County Home for the Aged and Infirm, as it was known then, celebrated its 40th anniversary.
In 1996 the facility was rebuilt and opened as Grey Gables, a Class A long-term care facility.
M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald