Mental health facility design contract worth $900k

| 02/08/2017 | 23 Comments

(CNS): The contract to design the Cayman Islands’ first-ever dedicated mental health facility, won by Toronto-based architects Montgomery Sisam along with local partners  DDL Studio, is worth CI$898,285, officials have now confirmed. The overall cost to complete the project is estimated to be up to $16 million. The designers, however, will not only draw up the plans but they will also be working out the final price tag as part of this specific deal with the Cayman government which will in turn shape the next tender for a contractor.This first tender in the project was, the Ministry of Health confirmed, managed by the Central Tenders Committee, supported by the procurement office, which carried out a prequalification process. Five bidders submitted applications, four of which, officials said, qualified to bid on the contract.

The facility, which will be in East End, will incorporate a central building and a series of nine small cottages, each of which can accommodate six patients. A main building and seven of the cottages will likely be developed in the initial phase of construction, and the rest will be built in the future as demand dictates, officials said in a release last week announcing the award to Montgomery Sisam to design the facility.

The facility is scheduled to be completed by April 2019.


Category: Health, Local News, Mental Health

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  1. anon says:

    Now that you’ve addressed the mental health issue, please address the public health hazard – the DUMP.

  2. anon says:

    I just want to know where in East End it’s going.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What are they designing? A palace?

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, for a certain someone and his obvious cumpulsive gambling mental disorder.

    • Anonymous says:

      No, they’re designing a safe place for people who are mocked and ostracised by their own community. Do you begrudge human beings the right to proper treatment because they’re sick? Shut the hospitals down then? Or is it different just because it’s mental illness and not physical illness? Go educate yourself

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow I can only imagine what the costs of the proposed cruise piers will be at this rate.
    Going by the governments track record and the example of design costs of this small project a half a billion for a turn key port project is not so far fetched as some in government try to make the public believe. Where do these figures come from?

  5. Anonymous says:

    It’s nice to see some of the potential patients weighing in.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Is it designed to orbit the earth?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wow, this figure of $900K is measly compared to the proposed cruise dock and airport however CIG has been ignoring the problem for so long. This is not something to swept under the rug like other forgotten agenda items that directly affect our population as a whole. Quit the Victorian mentality and address this issue now or it will certainly come back to bite you doubly is the ass big time in the not so distant future.

  8. r says:

    Its truly heartfelt to know our mentally challenged individuals will now be properly housed, however has the health ministry really looked at the lay out of the facility. How are the staff really keep track of 9 detached cottages housing 6 persons each. Lets bow our heads an pray these facilities don’t become under staffed due to financial restraints. These islands have seen that trojan horse before.

  9. Anonymous says:

    8:25. What a breath of fresh air.

  10. Anonymous says:

    No they wont. Cant you see that this is a solution.

  11. Happy420 says:

    I hope the government sees fit to bestow major concessions for this project as they have with all of those who could have affoded to pay for previous projects in the past. This is for a majority of Caymanians/locals so lets see what happens.

  12. Unison says:

    We need to start educating our men that sowing their oats about the place, bringing babies into the world, and not raising and taking care of them, is ruining our families and society as a whole. Young ladies with the looks need to realize this too. The more children we have without fathers and mothers, is the worse Cayman will be; is the more we will have mentally ill or disturbed youngsters.

    Never before do we need to start teaching our children self-respondibility and the proper rearing of families. And we have to always fight against the demons of lust, immodesty, greed, drug abuse, and domestic violence; or else, Cayman will get worse. Government and finances can do little.

    • AND... says:

      If it’s hereditary mental disorder then, you can’t fight your genes.

    • Anonymous says:

      How about favoring proper sex education in schools and teaching kids about contraceptives. Oh wait, this is a Christian country that believes women s b old have children if they get pregnant. Hmmm… so which is it gonna be?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Oh my Lord, our children will be laden in debt through the shortsightedness of our current government.

    • Sharkey says:

      That $16 millions is only an estimate , not final cost .

    • Anonymous says:

      Muppet, the cost of not doing it will and probably is already more…police time, social service time, court time all for people who need help …

      • Sharkey says:

        Muppet , I am not saying that there’s not the needs for the Mental health system, I only pointing to how’ Government destroy the money . But I surely knows and agree that it’s urgently needed.

    • Anonymous says:

      That is the political legacy of Alden and Big Mac spend spend spend with no value for money and the long term tax burden to the country

      • Michael says:

        How can you apparently deny that there is a serious mental health problem in Cayman, and that we desperately need proper facilities to house and treat the more serious cases, and that the GT Hospital cannot cope adequately with them?
        The unfortunate persons with mental health problems are entitled to appropriate treatment, it is their human right, and our responsibility to protect it. How about some “Cayman kind”.

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