NEW WESTMINSTER — EllisDon has been picked to design and build the second phase of the Royal Columbian Hospital redevelopment plan in New Westminster. EllisDon also will be the construction manager for the project’s third phase.
“This next important step in the redevelopment project ensures that the region’s fast-growing population is closer to accessing an expanded and upgraded Royal Columbian Hospital,” said Adrian Dix, minister of health, in a statement. “The hospital is the oldest and one of the busiest in B.C., and our government is committed to making sure people can access the health-care services they need in a state-of-the-art facility.”
Crews have already begun design, geotechnical work, pre-construction work and abatement work in preparation for the demolition of several older hospital facilities at the site.
This month excavation work is starting to prep for an interim support facility that will be used by the hospital’s support services during construction. Later this year, crews will start excavation for a new acute care tower. Phase two construction is expected to wrap up in early 2025.
The first phase of the project included a new 75-bed Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre which opened last summer. Crews also prepared the hospital’s infrastructure to cope with phase two’s increase in beds capacity.