VANCOUVER – A request for qualifications (RFQ) has been issued for St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver.
The RFQ issued was issued by Providence Health Care, the hospital’s owner and operator. It is the first stage in the competitive selection process and invites teams to express their interest in, and qualifications for, designing, building and partially financing the new facility.
“After so many years in limbo, it’s truly exciting to see the new St. Paul’s project gaining momentum,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, in a press release. “This year St. Paul’s is celebrating its 125th anniversary of providing compassionate and innovative care, research and teaching to people in B.C. Patients, caregivers, physicians and researchers have waited patiently for a new St. Paul’s to continue the legacy of excellence for the next 125 years and beyond. Selecting the people who will eventually design and construct the new hospital is a key milestone to propel the project toward construction.”
Following the RFQ, three teams will be shortlisted for the request for preproposal stage which will determine the winner. Providence expects to have its finalists selected this fall and the final stage is expected to take a year.
“The new St. Paul’s is a critical investment into BC’s health care system,” said Fiona Dalton, president and CEO, Providence Health Care, in a press release. “With Providence contributing a major share of the capital costs through the sale of the current St. Paul’s site, the equally significant contribution from the provincial government and with substantial donations from the philanthropic community through the St. Paul’s Foundation, this is truly a unique partnership-based project in BC and Canada. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to provide the best possible health care for British Columbians.”
The province approved the business plan for the facility earlier this year. The new St. Paul’s will be built in Vancouver’s False Creek Flats. The design will include capacity for up to 548 beds, which includes 115 net new beds.