PRINCE ALBERT, SASK. – PCL Construction Management Inc. has been awarded an $898 million design-build contract by the Government of Saskatchewan for the Prince Albert Victoria Hospital project in Prince Albert, Sask.
The contract is inclusive of the design and early works agreement awarded through a public procurement process to PCL in December 2022 and includes design and construction of a new acute care tower connected to and directly north of the existing facility, a release said.
The new tower features a heliport on the roof, an expanded emergency department, larger operating rooms, pediatrics, maternity, NICU, new medical imaging and a First Nations and Métis Cultural space.
Overall capacity at Victoria Hospital, between the new tower and existing facility, will increase 40 per cent, from 173 to 242 beds.
Prince Albert Grand Council is working with the Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Health Authority on designing the cultural space that will be central to the new main entrance and PCL will engage with local and Indigenous vendors to deliver services for the construction.
“On behalf of PCL Construction and the extended design-build team, we would like to express how proud and excited we are to deliver the Victoria Hospital project for the Prince Albert, northern Saskatchewan, and Indigenous communities that this hospital serves,” PCL district manager Mike Staines said in the release.
Site preparation included construction of a new parking lot to be paved this spring. The design-build agreement includes an option to retain services for phased future renovations to the existing facility. Construction of the new tower is expected to begin in spring 2024 with completion anticipated by 2028.