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EllisDon reaches deal on Penticton hospital

DCN News Service
EllisDon reaches deal on Penticton hospital

PENTICTON, B.C.—B.C.’s Interior Health and EllisDon Infrastructure have announced the finalization of the contract for a new $312.5-million patient care tower and parkade at Penticton Regional Hospital.

EllisDon was selected as Interior Health’s preferred proponent in January. Since then, the parties have been working to conclude a performance-based contract, indicates an EllisDon media release.

The new patient care tower will be six storeys high, with an additional mechanical penthouse on top.

The facility will include a new ambulatory care centre featuring such outpatient services as cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, maternal/child clinics, respiratory, pre-surgical screening, satellite medical imaging and a laboratory for specimen collections; and a surgical services suite including five operating rooms and six minor procedure rooms.

There will also be 84 medical/surgical inpatient beds in single patient rooms; a new medical device reprocessing department; space for the UBC Faculty of Medicine program; a rooftop helipad; and retail space.

In addition, a 480-stall parkade will be built adjacent to the new tower.

EllisDon is aiming for LEED Gold certification. The building’s design also features wood finishes which aligns with B.C.’s Wood First Act. G

iven these green considerations, EllisDon was able to finance the Penticton Patient Care Tower Project with a green bond. Altus Group Limited confirmed the project’s green attributes.

EllisDon will begin prelimary work in mid-May, with construction on the tower and parkade expected to begin in August 2016.

The tower is expected to open for patient care in spring 2019, and phase two renovations will commence shortly thereafter.

Funding contributors are the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District, providing $117 million, the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, contributing $20 million, Interior Health, paying $14.4 million, and the province, contributing $161.1 million. Beyond the project build EllisDon Infrastructure will be responsible for building maintenance, lifecycle repair and renewal and a portion of the project financing over the 30-year life of the contract. Clinical, housekeeping and food services will be provided by Interior Health.

EllisDon Design Build Inc., an affiliate of EllisDon Corporation, has completed over 400 hospital projects at a value of approximately $12 billion.

It is expected that the project will create more than 1,900 direct and indirect jobs over the life of the project.

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