KAMLOOPS, B.C. — EllisDon crews working on Kamloops’ Royal Inland Hospital reached a critical milestone last week when they finished laying concrete and reached the final height for the nine-storey patient care tower.
Hospital staff, stakeholders, funding partners and EllisDon team members attended a topping off ceremony to celebrate the installation of one of the final beams of the new tower.
Tk’emlups te Secwépemc, also known as the Kamloops Indian Band, performed a smudging ceremony on the beam, and attendees were invited to sign it before it was lifted by crane to be installed into its permanent location.
The $417-million tower will add single patient rooms, child and adolescent mental health services, maternal and child health services, respiratory therapy services, surgical suites, a mental health and substance use inpatient unit and rooftop helipad to the hospital.
The project was designed by Parkin Architects Ltd. and Kasian Architects. It will be attempting LEED Gold certification.
The tower is expected to be completed next year.