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Burnaby Hospital shortlists teams for $577-million expansion project

Burnaby Hospital shortlists teams for $577-million expansion project
FRASER HEALTH — A rendering shows phase one of major expansions planned for Burnaby Hospital. Three finalists have been shortlisted to design and build the $577-million project.

BURNABY, B.C. — Three teams have been shortlisted to construct a $577-million expansion of the Burnaby Hospital in B.C.

EllisDon Design Build Inc., Ledcor Design-Build (B.C.) Inc. and Canadian Turner Construction Company Ltd. have all been invited to participate in the next stage of the competitive selection process to design and build the new Keith and Betty Beedie Pavilion, a new Energy Centre and upgrade existing buildings on campus.

These upgrades also include enhancements to the emergency department, operating rooms, pre- and post-operative recovery spaces and the medical device reprocessing department.

“In these times, more than ever, we recognize the importance of our health care system, and our commitment to redevelop Burnaby Hospital acknowledges the priority we place on timely access to quality health care services. This key milestone gets us one step closer to getting shovels in the ground to bring the very best health care facilities to the diverse community of Burnaby,” said Adrian Dix, minister of health, in a press release.

To inform the proposals, the proponents will reference detailed information developed by the project team which outlines Burnaby Hospital’s requirements for space, layout, equipment and scope.

“Burnaby Hospital provides vital public health care services to people in our community, and with the announcement of a shortlist of qualified teams for the design process, we continue to make significant progress in moving forward with construction, which will create jobs and help our local economy,” said Anne Kang, MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake, and minister of citizens’ services.

The RFP process will decide which team will be in charge of designing and building the upgrades. The successful proponent will be identified through a merit-based evaluation process that will be completed next summer.

The project was approved by the province in 2019. Its first phase will include the new six-storey Keith and Betty Beedie Pavilion with 78 rooms, most of which are single-patient. The addition will not only enhance infection prevention and control, but provide greater comfort and privacy to improve the patient and family experience, the release reads.

The Beedie Pavilion will feature a mental health and substance use inpatient unit and a new maternity, labour and delivery unit that will provide single-room care to women during labour, delivery, recovery and post-partum.

Officials explained their model promotes family-centred care for newborns and families. The Beedie Pavilion will also include a general medical inpatient unit including negative pressure rooms to enhance infection control. Construction is expected to begin in 2021 and wrap up in 2024.

Phase one of the project will also expand and renovate existing buildings on the health care campus. This will include a larger emergency department, which is expected to shrink wait times, provide greater patient privacy and comfort, and enhance the facility’s ability to prevent infection.

It will also add four new operating rooms, additional pre-operative and post-operative recovery spaces and a new medical device reprocessing department. These upgrades are expected to be complete by mid-2025.

The phase one project is being funded jointly by the province, Fraser Health and the Burnaby Hospital Foundation.

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