September 17, 2014 - 4:27 PM
PENTICTON - The province has taken a step to show they're serious about starting construction of the new patient care tower at Penticton Regional Hospital.
The Request for Qualifications released today is part of the process to select a team to design, build, finance and maintain the new 287,500 square foot patient care tower. Interested teams are invited to present their qualifications for the first phase of construction. The tower will include an ambulatory care centre, surgical services centre, 84 medical and surgical inpatients beds in single patient rooms, a new medical device reprocessing unit and space for the UBC Faculty of Medicine program.
Teams will then be shortlisted and invited to participate in the second phase of the project to renovate vacated areas of the current hospital including the emergency room which will be four times the size it is now.
Interior Health would like to have a proponent signed to the contract by 2015 with the anticipated construction starting in 2016. The care tower is expected to be complete by 2019. It's expected about 1,910 direct and indirect jobs will be created for workers over the life of the project.
The $325-million project will be jointly funded by the provincial government, with $122 million provided by the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District and $20 million provided by the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.
The second phase will include renovation of vacated areas in the current hospital, with the Emergency department increasing to nearly four times its current size.
“Just a few weeks ago we announced approval of the business plan for a new patient care tower at PRH,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “And already we’ve reached the first important milestone in this exciting project in the South Okanagan-Similkameen.”
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