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Interior Health and EllisDon finalize contract for Penticton’s patient care tower

By Partnerships, B.C.   

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New Penticton Regional Hospital (PRH).

New Penticton Regional Hospital (PRH).

Interior Health and EllisDon Infrastructure finalized the contract for a new patient care tower and parkade at Penticton Regional Hospital (PRH) on April 7.

Following the selection of EllisDon Infrastructure as Interior Health’s preferred proponent (announced January 20) teams from both organizations got to work on concluding a performance-based contract.

The new patient care tower is going to be a six-storey building (plus a mechanical penthouse) and will include: a new ambulatory care centre featuring outpatient services such as cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, maternal/child clinics (services for pre- and post-pregnancy, newborns and children), respiratory, pre-surgical screening, satellite medical imaging and a laboratory for specimen collections; a surgical services suite including five operating rooms and six minor procedure rooms; 84 medical/ surgical inpatient beds in single patient rooms, each with its own washroom; a new medical device reprocessing department; space for the UBC Faculty of Medicine program; a rooftop helipad; and retail space. In addition, a 480 stall parkade will be built adjacent to the new tower.

As part of Interior Health’s commitment to environmental sustainability and green buildings, the patient care tower will be designed and constructed to achieve LEED Gold certification, helping to create a healthy and healing patient environment and workplace. The building’s design also features wood finishes, which aligns with B.C.’s Wood First Act. These considerations together with others, made it possible for EllisDon Infrastructure to finance the Penticton Patient Care Tower Project with a Green Bond. The financing has been assured of its green attributes by Altus Group Limited, an industry-respected consultant and technical advisor for public- and private-sector infrastructure projects.


EllisDon Infrastructure will begin early works in mid-May, with construction on the tower and parkade expected to begin in August 2016. The tower is expected to open for patient care in spring 2019, and phase two renovations will commence shortly thereafter.

Based on the EllisDon bid, the capital budget for the project is now $312.5 million. The OkanaganSimilkameen Regional Hospital District is providing $117 million, the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation is contributing $20-million, Interior Health is providing $14.4 million, and the provincial portion is $161.1-million. In addition to constructing the new patient care tower and parkade, EllisDon Infrastructure will be responsible for building maintenance (of the whole PRH site), lifecycle repair and renewal and a portion of the project financing over the life of the contract – a 30 year term.


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