KAMLOOPS, B.C. — EllisDon Infrastructure has been named as the preferred proponent for the new Royal Inland Hospital Patient Care Tower in Kamloops, B.C.
EllisDon will design, build and partially finance the project as well as maintain it for a 30-year period under a public-private partnership (P3) model.
“The selection of EllisDon Infrastructure brings us closer to concluding the selection process and to breaking ground on this important project for Kamloops and the entire Thompson Cariboo Shuswap region. This project will help to modernize Royal Inland Hospital and will improve patient care for residents of the entire region,” said Interior Health Board chair Doug Cochrane in a statement.
The project will take place in two phases, with phase one concerning design and construction of the tower featuring single-patient rooms. The new tower will be built to achieve LEED Gold certification. The architects for the project are Parkin Architects Ltd. and Kasian Architects.
Phase two will include renovation and expansion of the emergency department, post-anesthetic recovery, pediatrics and the morgue.
Once the Patient Care Tower is complete, the phase two renovations will begin and are planned for completion in the fall of 2024.
The $417.2-million project will be financed by both Interior Health and the B.C. Ministry of Health who will contribute $225.2 million, as well as the Thompson Regional Hospital District with $172 million and the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation with $20 million.
“Premier Horgan and I are committed to getting the Patient Care Tower built at Royal Inland Hospital, the sooner the better. The selection of a preferred proponent gets us one step closer to this important new tower. This state-of-the-art facility will enable us to deliver better public health care for Kamloops and the surrounding region,” added B.C. Minister of Health Adrian Dix.