(Source: Providence Health)
Construction work has started or is about to start on three major hospital projects in the Vancouver area. The projects, worth a combined $4.9 billion, will provide work for tens of thousands of trades workers.
Shovels are in the ground on the massive $2.2-billion St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver—the largest ever in B.C. Construction will run for roughly six years and directly employ up to 8,500 workers. Another project that’s already underway is a new acute care tower at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, part of a $1.5-billion, three-phase development.
Meanwhile, construction will begin this summer on the first phase of a massive $1.2-billion redevelopment of Burnaby Hospital. The works will include a six-level tower, five-level expansion and renovations. Additionally, the province has announced $7.8-billion in support for other major healthcare construction projects, including the new Surrey Hospital. A business plan for the project is in development.
St. Paul’s Hospital
Construction work on the new St. Paul’s Hospital has started. PCL is doing the work, and the build will take about six years.
“The new St. Paul’s Hospital will be home to world-class public health care as well as research and a teaching centre that will help transform patient care for people in B.C.,” said Adrian Dix, health minister for the province.
The existing St. Paul’s hospital will be relocated from its home on Burrard Street to an 18-acre plot at 1002 Station St. in False Creek Flats. The hospital will have a capacity for up to 548 beds, 115 beds more than it has now.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build an innovative new hospital and health campus from the ground up to better serve B.C. for the next 125 years,” said Providence Health Care President and CEO Fiona Dalton. “A new building will allow us to also re-examine how we will provide clinical care and improve our patient, family and staff experience in a modern, more technologically advanced facility.”
The cost of the new hospital is $2.1 billion. The provincial government is investing $1.3 billion, while St. Paul’s Foundation has committed to raising $125 million, with another $100 million raised for other ongoing and future needs. Providence Health Care will invest the balance of the cost from the sale of the current St. Paul’s property.
In addition to construction jobs, the project is expected to generate another 5,383 indirect jobs in construction material manufacturing and food services.
Royal Columbian Hospital
EllisDon is working on the acute care tower at Royal Columbian, B.C.’s oldest hospital. The tower will increase the hospital’s capacity by 50 per cent and allow more beds for cardiac intensive care and surgical patients.
“This is an exciting day for our community,” New Westminster MLA Jennifer Whiteside said in a statement. “When our loved ones need care, we rely on Royal Columbian Hospital and our healthcare workers to keep us safe and healthy. Work is officially underway onsite for the next phase of hospital redevelopment, and the associated construction jobs will also be a large boost to the local economy.”
The project will provide the hospital with a new and larger emergency department with a satellite medical imaging unit, with two radiology suites, an ultrasound suite and a CT scanner. This will allow patients to have a number of diagnostic procedures without needing to leave the emergency department.
The tower will have four more operating rooms, including one for cardiac patients and three more cardiology suites. It will include a two-level underground parkade and a rooftop helipad. Work is expected to be completed by 2025.
In the second phase of the redevelopment, more maternity beds and maternity operating rooms will be added. Phase three will see an upgrade and extension of the existing health care centre and Columbia tower.
A contractor for phase one of the redevelopment project at Burnaby Hospital is expected to be announced in May, and the project will get underway this summer, according to the Fraser Health Authority.
The scope of the project includes the design and construction of a 78-bed tower for both in-patents and outpatients, an expansion to the south side of the existing Support Facilities Building, and a new energy centre.
Two levels of both the Support Facilities Building and a nursing tower will be renovated, and improvements will be made to mechanical and electrical elements. The Cascade and West Wing buildings will be demolished.
The redevelopment will feature a mental health and substance abuse unit with single rooms to offer patients specialized care in a safe, private environment, along with a unit that will provide single-room maternity care.
The all-in capital cost of the first phase of the project is about $413 million. The build will take about three years.