DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — A preferred proponent has been selected for the design phase of Dawson Creek’s new hospital, B.C. officials have announced.
“The selection of the team that will design the new hospital means another important milestone has been reached for people in the region,” said Adrian Dix, minister of health, in a statement. “The new and bigger facility will deliver public health-care services to people in the South Peace for decades to come.”
The three proponents shortlisted for the Design Early Works Agreement (DEWA) were:
- Clark Builders-Turner-HDR Architecture;
- SBW-Kinetic-Wright Construction with KRA and Gibbs Gage Architects; and
- Graham Design Builders and Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.
After an evaluation process that included Northern Health, and Infrastructure B.C., it was decided that Clark Builders-Turner-HDR Architecture would receive the contract.
The request for proposals was sent to the teams in March.
The next step is the Design-Build Agreement request for proposals. This involves Clark Builders-Turner-HDR Architecture submitting design and cost proposals to Northern Health for the new hospital.
Execution of the Design-Build Agreement is expected to happen in 2022 with construction starting soon after. The hospital is expected to be ready for patients in 2026.
The new building will be approximately 209,000 square feet and have 70 beds, which is an increase of 24. The emergency department will also increase in size, with treatment spaces increasing from 10 to 15.
As well, the new facility will continue to provide a range of surgical services as well as chemotherapy, ambulatory care, radiology, clinical support and pharmacy services.
There will also be space for a laboratory and diagnostic imaging and a perinatal unit including labour, delivery, recovery and post-partum rooms and a nursery to support new parents and families. Mental health service delivery will be brought up to modern standards with a new inpatient suite and an increase of beds from 15 to 18.
Part of the project includes consultation with local First Nations as the site is on Treaty 8 First nations territory.
The project team is tasked with ensuring culturally appropriate spaces are available, including a non-denominational spiritual room for use by people of all cultures and faiths.
The project budget is $377.86 million and will be shared by the provincial government, through Northern Health, and the Peace River Regional Hospital District, which will contribute $150.2 million. The existing hospital will remain operational during construction of the new hospital.
“It is a touchstone event to be moving forward into the design phase of the Dawson Creek and District Hospital project,” said Brad Sperling, chair of the Peace River Regional Hospital District. “The new hospital and its expanded range of services and capacity is a critical need for the residents of this region. As chair of the Peace River Regional Hospital District Board, I would like to congratulate the preferred proponent. We look forward to marking the next chapter in this very important initiative.”