Trio shortlisted for Kamloops hospital expansion project

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

Kamloops This Week

Three companies have been shortlisted for the next stage in the expansion project at Royal Inland Hospital — designing and building a new clinical services building at the hospital.

Nine design-build teams — including local, regional, national and international firms — responded to the request for qualifications, which closed on June 26.

Following evaluation of the responses, the three teams invited to move on to the request for proposal (RFP) stage are EllisDon Corporation and Bird Design-Build Construction Inc., both based in Ontario, and Graham Design Builders LP, based in Alberta.

The RFP is expected to be released later this month.

The clinical services building will cost approximately $79.8 million and will be cost-shared between the province and the Thompson Regional Hospital District.

“This is another important step in the process to select a team to design and build a new clinical services building at Royal Inland Hospital,” Minister of Health Terry Lake said.

“This first phase of redevelopment will feature new expanded clinical outpatient space, improved building access and additional parking that will benefit patients here in the Interior.”

The new building, to be built on the north side of the hospital, will improve site access and provide expanded space, including a new UBC medical school and clinical educational program space; expanded medical outpatient services; additional parking stalls and a walkway connecting the new building to the main hospital.

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

“The redevelopment of Royal Inland Hospital is a priority for me as an MLA,” Kamloops South-Thompson MLA Todd Stone said.

Interior Health Authority board chairman Norman Embree lauded the progress.

“By moving forward with this first phase of redevelopment, we are getting closer to improving patient access to services, addressing the increasing demand for outpatient services,” he said.