PENTICTON, B.C. – Final renovations are underway on David E. Kampe Tower, an expansion of Penticton Regional Hospital.
The six-storey tower opened in April 2019 with enhanced care spaces, including single-patient rooms and large operating rooms. The second phase of the project included a major expansion to the hospital’s emergency department involving new trauma rooms, exam rooms, patient registration and a waiting area as well as a new hospital pharmacy and 480-stall parkade.
“Patients in Penticton and the South Okanagan-Similkameen region will have access to public health care in modern surroundings at the fully completed tower,” B.C. Minister of Health Adrian Dix said in a statement.
The tower also received LEED Gold certification because it was constructed with sustainable materials, had charging stations for electric vehicles, reused existing building materials and recycled content, included water-use efficiencies, increased ventilation and utilized high-efficiency windows and natural light.
“I am grateful to everyone involved in the David E. Kampe Tower project, from our health care workers to the project team and all the construction partners. There was tremendous collaboration and effort to complete both phases. People in the south Okanagan and Similkameen now have a world-class health-care facility that matches the skill of the people who work there,” Interior Health president and CEO Susan Brown said.
The project’s budget was $308 million shared between the provincial government, the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District, Interior Health and South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation and was completed in partnership with EllisDon.