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Site preparation next move toward RIH Clinical Services Building

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KAMLOOPS - There might be a shovel in the soil as early as September as plans for the Clinical Services Building of the Royal Inland Hospital moves to the next phase.

Site preparation is at the forefront of the latest development plans for the future Clinical Services Building of the Royal Inland Hospital. An inivitation to tender was issued earlier this month to pre-qualified contractors. The scope of invitation includes site preparation as well as relocation of underground utility services.

The contract will be awarded later this month with work beginning as early as the first week of September.

Prior to site preparation, remaining trees will be removed from the front lawn. Many of these trees were planted as a dedication to loved ones years ago and the project team investigated relocating them, however the size and age of the trees made this move unfeasible. Instead, an outdoor memorial space will be created as part of the project. Sonja Wilford, Ray Perrault, Colin (Bud) McDonald and Victoria (Enid) McDonald, Albina (Bea) Redhead, Hannah Butts, Lorraine Biesenthal, Mr. A.R. (Bert) Wilson and the dearly departed members of the Ladies Auxiliary to Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52 will be re-memorialized. Also re-memorialized in the garden will be Julia Black and those who served the Royal Canadian Branch #52. Their trees were planted along 3rd Avenue and deemed a safety hazard.

The Transplant Memorial Garden, Daybreak Rotary Club and Mutual Group will also be removed.

On August 20, Interior Health announced three qualified proponents had been short listed to participate in the next stage of the competitive selection process to design and build the new Clinical Services Building. The RFP for the design/build is expected to be released to short-listed proponents at the end of August.

Construction on the building is expected to commence in spring 2014 and will take approximately two years to complete.


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