Hospital builder announced

  • Jun. 28, 2013 1:00 p.m.

Northern Health has announced the company that will construct the new $50-million Queen Charlotte Hospital. Bouygues (pronounced Bweeg) Building Canada has been selected as the preferred proponent to build the replacement hospital in partnership with architect Perkins+Will, Northern Health announced this week. Bouygues Building Canada is part of the Bouygues Group, a French industrial group with components all over the world. The naming of the company follows an extensive evaluation of the three teams that were shortlisted to design and build the new hospital. The Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii Hospital is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2015. The next stage in the process is to conclude negotiations with Bouygues Building Canada – a process that is expected to result in a fixed-priced agreement by summer 2013, said Northern Health. Construction on the new hospital will begin immediately after the agreement is signed. “We’re looking forward to construction beginning on the new Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii Hospital this summer,” said Carol Kulesha, Queen Charlotte mayor and North West Regional Hospital District vice-chair. “It is exciting to have the preferred proponent selected, and I am looking forward to working with Bouygues Building Canada and Northern Health.” The replacement hospital will feature eight acute-care beds, plus one labour, delivery and recovery suite. A new home and community care wing with eight residential-care beds for clients with complex needs is also included as part of the project. “The announcement of the company that will design and build this new facility is an exciting step forward in the Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii Hospital replacement project,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “This project represents our ongoing commitment to investing in new health-care facilities and services for residents of northern BC.”