April 07, 2016 - 4:30 PM
PENTICTON - Another milestone in the advancement of Penticton’s hospital patient care tower with the contract for the tower and parkade finalized.
EllisDon Infrastructure and Interior Health recently concluded the details of a performance based contract, according to a media release.
The patient care tower will be six stories with a mechanical penthouse topping off the structure and will include a new ambulatory care centre with such outpatient services as cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, maternal and child clinics, respiratory, pre-surgical screening, satellite medical imaging and a laboratory for specimen collections, the release says.
There will also be a surgical suite with five operating rooms, 84 new beds, space for the UBC Faculty of Medicine Program, a rooftop helipad and retail space. A new parkade will add 480 parking stalls to the hospital property. The tower will be built to achieve LEED Gold environmental certification, featuring wood finishes, in keeping with B.C.’s Wood First Act.
The capital budget for the project is now estimated at $312.5 million, down from a previous estimate of $325 million. The Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital District is providing $117 million, while the South Okanagan Medical Foundation contributes $20 million, Interior Health $14.4 million and the province $161.1 million.
Construction of the patient care tower could see the creation of as many as 1,900 direct and indirect jobs. Work is set to begin next month and is scheduled to be finished by the spring of 2019.
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