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New St. Paul’s Hospital construction shortlist unveiled

The new St. Paul’s Hospital is one step closer to starting construction, with two qualified teams short-listed to participate in the next stage of the competition to design, build and partially finance the new St. Paul’s.

“Throughout its 125-year history, St. Paul’s Hospital has cared for some of the most vulnerable patient populations in Vancouver and BC,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Our commitment to build a new St. Paul’s acknowledges the importance of this contribution. Selecting the people who will eventually design and construct the new hospital is a key milestone to propel the project toward construction. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a new hospital and integrated health campus from the ground up that will serve the health-care needs of British Columbians for the next 125 years and beyond.”

Two firms to participate in Request for Proposal phase 

The following two teams were short-listed and have been invited to participate in the next stage of the competitive selection process – the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage:

  • Ellis Don Infrastructure Healthcare
  • The PCL team

The RFP process will determine which of these two teams Providence will select to lead the design and construction of the project. The successful proponent will be identified through a merit-based evaluation process. The process is expected to be initiated in the weeks ahead and will complete in late 2020, after which the construction stage can begin.

Two impressive Canadian teams

“The new St. Paul’s is a critical investment into BC’s health care system,” says Fiona Dalton, President & CEO, Providence Health Care. “With Providence contributing a major share of the capital costs through the sale of the current St. Paul’s site, the equally significant contribution from the provincial government and with substantial donations from the philanthropic community through the St. Paul’s Foundation – exemplified by Jim Pattison’s historic $75 million gift – this is truly a unique partnership-based project in BC and Canada.  The evaluation committee did an excellent job in selecting two impressive Canadian teams. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to provide the best possible health care for British Columbians.”

The provincial government announced the approval of the business plan for the new St. Paul’s on February 15, 2019. The new hospital and health campus – to be constructed at a new site at 1002 Station Street in Vancouver’s False Creek Flats – will have capacity for up to 548 beds, which includes 115 net new beds. The site will be the home of several leading provincial programs and referral centres, including for heart and lung care, renal, eating disorders and specialty surgeries and transplants.

The new hospital will also offer a diverse and long list of general and specialized care, including HIV/AIDS, emergency, critical care, mental health, addictions, Indigenous health, maternity, and community care and outreach programs.

New hospital site is undergoing City of Vancouver rezoning

Providence is planning to build other phases on the health campus, including a clinical services and research centre connected to the hospital. Other future development and partnership opportunities include a health innovation park with industry partners in the fields of health-care technology, life sciences and biomedical research, with whom clinicians and researchers will collaborate to drive discovery, development and commercialization of new health-care technologies, treatments and processes.

The Station Street site of the new St. Paul’s is currently undergoing a rezoning process with the City of Vancouver, which is expected to be completed this fall.

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