This P3 project was designed to provide Ottawa residents with a state-of-the-art long-term care facility and new modern retirement residence for seniors. The project was undertaken at the site of the former Island Lodge complex on Porter’s Island in the centre of the city. It includes construction of the Garry J. Armstrong Long-Term Care Home and a new ten-storey retirement residence for seniors at the site of the former Allan House.
The former Island Lodge complex included two buildings: Bradford House and Allan House. The first phase of the island’s redevelopment saw the residents of the former Bradford House relocated to the new Peter D. Clark Long-Term Care Centre in Centrepointe. Bradford House was then demolished to make way for construction of the new Garry J. Armstrong Home, completed in June 2005. Residents of Allan House were moved into the Garry J. Armstrong Home, and Allan House will now be demolished to make way for construction of a new ten-storey retirement residence, with anticipated occupancy in spring 2007.
The $22.34 million Garry J. Armstrong Home is a 180-bed long-term care facility, while the new multi-million dollar, ten-storey retirement residence on the site of the former Allan House will provide 128 independent living units for seniors. Both facilities enjoy a tranquil and parkland setting with stunning views of downtown Ottawa, Parliament Hill and the Gatineau Hills.
Benefits of the Garry J. Armstrong Home and Allan House redevelopment to residents
- New long-term care facilities available in a timely manner
- Builds long-term care at the best value to the City
- Increases programming and services
- Offers more independent living capacity within the City for seniors
- Allows residents to benefit from the expertise of private-sector partners specialized in retirement living
- Ensures a high standard of quality in housing and support services for seniors
- Develops a common vision for all activities on Porter’s Island
Where are the Garry J. Armstrong Home and Allan House located?
The Garry J. Armstrong Home and former Allan House are located on Island Lodge Road off St. Patrick Street near the Byward Market in Ottawa. View a map to the Garry J. Armstrong Home and Allan House Redevelopment.
The completion of the Garry J. Armstrong Home is the first phase of a project to replace aging seniors facilities on Porter’s Island. The second phase will see the demolition of the former Allan House to make way for the construction of a new ten-storey retirement residence. City Council approved staff’s recommendation for these facilities to be developed as a P3 in March 2003, and the search for a private-sector partner was launched. In September 2003, PCL was awarded the contract to build the Garry J. Armstrong Long-Term Care Home, and construction was launched in April 2004. The Centre was completed in June 2005 when residents and staff of the former Allan House moved into their new home. An opening ceremony is planned for September 2005 once all residents are comfortably settled into the new facility. As part of this P3 agreement, CPL was also awarded the contract to demolish Allan House and develop the site into a new ten-storey retirement residence. This part of the project can advance now that residents of Allan House have been safely relocated to the new Garry J. Armstrong Home. The new residence on the site of the former Allan House is expected to be ready for occupancy by spring 2007.
The Garry J. Armstrong Home was created as a result of a Public-Private Partnership (P3), which will also include the redevelopment of the former Allan House into a new retirement residence for seniors. Through a Request for Qualifications process, the City received four proposals; all four were short-listed. Each firm was then asked to submit a formal proposal for the facility in response to a Request for Proposal. The joint proposal by PCL and Central Park Lodges Ltd. most closely matched the City’s objectives for a P3 partnership, and they were awarded the contract.
Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will also contribute capital funding of $661,000 annually for 20 years ($13.2 million) to assist this project.
Established in 1906, the PCL family of companies is the largest general contracting organization in Canada, and among the largest in the United States. The company is owned by over 1600 employee shareholders. PCL’s Ottawa District Operation is located in Nepean, with approximately 100 full-time professionals dedicated to construction excellence.
Over the last ten years alone, PCL has erected some of Ottawa’s most notable structures, including the new Passenger Terminal Building at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, the Corel Centre, La Cité Collégiale’s Ottawa Campus, the Justice Headquarters Consolidation Project (i.e. the East Memorial Building), Nortel’s Carling Campus Expansion and the National Archives’ Gatineau Preservation Centre, to name a few. Recent achievements also include the new Canadian War Museum and the 181 Queen Street office development in downtown Ottawa, housing the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Public Works & Government Services Canada (PWGSC). Learn more at PCL’s Web site.
Central Park Lodges (CPL) is dedicated to providing seniors with high-quality retirement living‚ long-term care and home health care. The company offers a wide range of accommodations and services to suit individual needs, including retirement residences, long-term care homes, nursing and community healthcare agencies, 24 hour/7 day immediate placement services and construction and development services. CPL is an industry leader in the design, development, construction, procurement and operation of Long Term Care Homes.
Find out how the partnership works, or learn more about these P3 partners by visiting their Web sites through the links above.
Contact the Garry J. Armstrong Home
Contact the Garry J. Armstrong Home at 613-789-5100, or write to the Garry J. Armstrong Home, 200 Island Lodge Road, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M2.