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Three teams shortlisted for new mental health project

Richard Gilbert
Three teams shortlisted for new mental health project

Three qualified teams have been shortlisted by the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) for the next stage of the competitive selection process to design and build an $82 million health centre at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH).


“We continue to express our sincere thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Segal for their contribution to this project,” said Dr. David Ostrow, VCH president and CEO.

“We are looking forward to the construction and completion of the new building, which will provide a modern environment for our staff to provide care for mental health patients and where several specialized health services will be under one roof.”

Joseph & Rosalie Segal donated $12 million in March to launch a campaign to raise funds for a centre at VGH to treat people with mental health challenges. The donation is one of the largest-ever personal gifts for the provision of mental health in Canadian history.

As a result, VGH has shortlisted three qualified teams, who are invited to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the construction of the new Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre.

The teams are:

Ellis-Don Corporation with Parkin Architects Ltd.;

Lark Group with Sterling Planning Alliance & Steffian Bradley Architects;

Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. with Canon Design Architecture Inc.

VCH expects to issue the RFP in October and award the contract by May 2014.

At the conclusion of the RFP stage, a preferred proponent will be selected and negotiations to reach a final agreement will begin.

Design-build activities will start immediately after the signing of an agreement.

The new centre will be constructed on the current site of Vancouver Coastal Health’s Willow Chest Centre, which was built in 1948 and is considered to be outdated.

It will be designed to consolidate all the specialized mental health services offered at VGH under one roof.

In particular, the centre will provide short-term acute care for patients suffering from major depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, psychotic and mood disorders, and drug and alcohol addiction.

Groundwork is expected to start this fall on a new eight story building with 100 private rooms, each with its own bathroom and toilet. There will be patient access to outdoor gardens and courtyards, as well as exercise facilities.

The 119,500 square feet building is scheduled for completion in 2017.

The VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation has committed $25 million to the new centre, including $12 million from Joseph and Rosalie Segal. The provincial government is contributing $57 million.

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