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Royal Columbian Hospital Redevelopment Project – Phase One

Redevelopment of the Royal Columbian Hospital campus is required to meet current and future demand for services and to address critical infrastructure issues. Phase One of the RCH Redevelopment Project is the design and construction of a new mental health building, energy centre (including fit-out), and underground parking structure at the RCH campus in New Westminster, BC.

Royal Columbian Hospital Redevelopment Project – Phase One

Project Details

Project Description: The RCH Redevelopment Project is being phased to allow for continuity of hospital services throughout construction, demolition, and renovation work. Due to the complexity involved in this multi-phase, multi-year project, work has been broken into three separate phases:

  • Phase One provides foundational elements for the site in preparation for subsequent phases.
  • Phase Two will include a new 350-bed Acute Care Tower with a new and expanded emergency department.
  • Phase Three will include renovations in the existing Health Care Centre and Columbia Tower to improve care delivery on the site.

As the first step in this multi-phase, multi-year project, Phase One provides foundational elements for the site in preparation for subsequent phases. The work to be completed in Phase One includes:

  • A new 75-bed mental health substance use (MHSU) building of approximately 13,000 BGSM;
  • An energy centre, including fit-out of equipment required to service the MHSU building and existing campus;
  • Four levels of underground parking, providing 400+ parking stalls for the campus;
  • Associated tunnel and bridge connections to the existing campus;
  • Civil construction of a campus IT network perimeter pathway system connecting the communications hub to the buildings and third-party structures, and which will be used for the installation of the fiber optic ring;
  • Conversion of most of the campus from steam to hot water;
  • Upgrades to campus-wide systems including humidification and electrical power; and
  • Fit-out of the campus communications hub.

Phases Two and Three have been approved. The RFQ is expected in Spring 2018.

Client: Fraser Health Authority
Project Cost: $258.9 million
Project Status: Phase One is under construction
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Request for Qualifications issued August 14, 2015
Request for Qualifications closed October 13, 2015
Shortlist announced December 16, 2015
Request for Proposals issued May 10, 2016
Contract award January 24, 2017
Construction to begin February 2017
Construction completed Anticipated December 2019

Project Updates

Procurement Documents

Project Contacts

Catherine Silman
Partnerships BC

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