Request for proposals released for new hospital

  • Dec. 21, 2012 5:00 p.m.

The release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) signifies another important step forward in the competitive selection process to select a design-builder of the new Queen Charlotte hospital. “Releasing the RFP is an important step for the Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii Hospital replacement project,” said Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid. “I am excited to see the project continue to progress, as it will benefit both patients and health professionals.””I’m very pleased with the early progress of the planning for this new hospital,” said Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Ida Chong. “The new hospital will include residential care beds, along with space for public-health services, oncology services and mental-health care.The release of the RFP follows the announcement of the shortlisted proponent teams in November. Three qualified teams were selected from a group of 10 that responded to the Request for Qualifications.The three teams selected to move forward are:Bouygues Building Canada and Perkins+Will with Bouygues Construction and Perkins+WillLark/Maple JVWith Maple Reinders Inc., Lark Projects Ltd. andCEI ArchitecturePCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. with Hughes Condon Marler Architects”The Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii Hospital will be a cornerstone for thedelivery of health services for our residents,” said Carol Kulesha, mayor of Queen Charlotte and vice chair of the North West Regional Hospital District. “This summer will mark the end of the procurement process and we will be breaking ground. That is very exciting.”The new hospital will house:* 17 beds (eight acute care beds, eight residential care beds forclients with complex needs, and a labour/delivery/recovery suite).* emergency services.* oncology services.* diagnostic imaging.* laboratory.* provision for public health, mental health and addictions, and home and community care service, as well as local physician and emergencyservices.* pharmacy.* administrative offices.* food services.* logistical services.The existing hospital plays a critical role in serving the health-care needs for QueenCharlotte, Skidegate, Sandspit and Tlell. The facility was constructed in 1950 and has served the community well, however, refurbishing it has been deemed too costly. Once construction of the new hospital gets underway, it’s expected the project will provide stimulus for the local economy while generating approximately189 direct jobs and 143 indirect jobs.”This project will provide enhanced patient care services for the Village of Queen Charlotte and surrounding communities,” said Penny Anguish, Northern Health’s chief operating officer for the Northwest. “The new hospital will support Northern Health staff and physicians in meeting demand based on future projections for health-care service needs.”Northern Health expects to choose a preferred proponent and award a contract in the summer, with design and construction commencing shortly afterwards.The new building will be energy efficient, built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification standards, and will optimize the use of wood consistent with the Wood First Act.The value of the replacement hospital is estimated to be up to $50 million. Funding will be shared by the province and the North West Regional Hospital District.