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Kamloops hospital construction enters next phase with pedestrian bridge

The pedestrian bridge being installed at the Royal Inland Hospital.
September 25, 2015 - 6:31 PM

KAMLOOPS – Construction of the clinical services building at Royal Inland Hospital is well on its way, with today marking another major step in the process. The pedestrian bridge linking the hospital to the new services building was put into place.

Royal Inland Hospital’s health services administrator Carol Laberge says it was a very exciting day for the project.

“It makes it real to see it there actually connecting the building. It really is kind of a pinnacle day in Kamloops,” she says adding finally she and staff can start to imagine what the building will look like upon completion.

Laberge admits the projects is roughly 12 weeks behind.

“We are a bit behind schedule, that’s kind of factored into these builds," she says. “Once they get the cement and all that done they can make up time on the inside of the building.”

While it may be running slightly behind, the project is under its roughly $80 million budget.

With the pedestrian bridge put into place today, Sept. 25, most of the construction left is internal, Laberge says.

Along with much needed parking, the building will offer outpatient services such as laboratory, community respiratory therapy, pre-surgical screening, cardiac services, cardio-pulmonary lab and venereal diagnostics.

The building will also feature a lecture amphitheatre suitable for community functions and a simulation lab for UBC medical student.

The project began construction last spring and is expected to be complete by the summer of 2016. Planning of a patient care tower began in July.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Dana Reynolds at dreynolds@infonews.ca or call 250-819-6089. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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