March 23, 2016 - 4:30 PM
SUN PEAKS - The mountain resort community of Sun Peaks is moving forward with plans to build a new community health centre this year.
The municipality is planning for a 10,000-square-foot two-storey building, which will house a doctor’s office as well as other health services and ski patrol. In an effort to get construction complete by Nov. 1 and the centre open by Dec. 1 of this year, bids are now being accepted.
So far the focus has been on a modular style building but the municipality is willing to look at other construction methods as well, including ones that combine geothermal heating and environmentally sustainable building. The request for proposals closes April 15.
“We have a great community that is willing to step up to the plate and fund community services such as this, we should all be so proud and pleased with the support of the Sun Peaks Health Association, who have raised nearly $800,000 over the last 20 years,” Mayor Al Raines says in a release.
The capital project will be funded by the health association, Sun Peaks Resort LLP and the municipality, with a ‘major fundraising effort’ set to happen this summer to cover the cost of equipment and services.
“We hope to make our health centre one of the best equipped small community clinics among mountain resort (communities) in British Columbia,” Raine says. “We are focused on tele-medicine equipment that will make it easy for patients to be diagnosed by specialists in the major centre while remaining in Sun Peaks.”
With the new construction the community hopes to attract a doctor or doctors group to provide medical services throughout the year.
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