The Penticton Regional Hospital of British Columbia, Canada, has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a new patient care tower, less than two months after the announcement of the $325 million Penticton Regional Hospital project, according to a statement.
It serves as the first step in selecting a team to design, build, finance and maintain the new patient centre care tower at the hospital, it said.
“The release of the RFQ is a preliminary step towards what will be an economic surge for Penticton. Not only will there be direct construction-related jobs created for the project, but the trickle-down will also positively affect sectors like retail and entertainment,” said Dan Ashton, Penticton Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA).
Respondent teams shortlisted during the RFQ process will then be invited to participate in the next stage of the process – the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage – the statement said.
The province's publicly funded healthcare provider, Interior Health, expects to choose a preferred proponent by late 2015 and sign a contract shortly thereafter. It is anticipated construction will start in 2016, and the new patient care tower would open in 2019, it added.
The Penticton Regional Hospital project includes two phases – phase one is the construction of the new patient care tower which will include an ambulatory care centre, surgical services center, 84 medical/surgical in-patient beds in single patient rooms, a new medical device reprocessing unit, and space for the UBC Faculty of Medicine programme. The tower will be approximately 26,700 square metres (287,500 square feet).
Phase two involves the renovation of vacated areas in the current hospital, including increasing the size of the emergency department to nearly four times its current size, the statement said.
The project will be funded jointly by the provincial government, with $122 million provided by the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District and $20 million from the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, it added.