May 24, 2019 by On-Site Staff
TERRACE, B.C.—It’s “full speed ahead” for a project to build a new hospital in northwestern British Columbia.
The province said May 21 that it’s approved the business plan for the new Mills Memorial hospital in Terrace, B.C. and is moving forward with procurement.
Replacing the city’s current hospital, which opened in 1961, is “one of the highest-priority health capital projects” in B.C., according to the province. The major construction job is worth $447.5 million. At 26,400 square-metres (284,000 sq. ft.) the new hospital will more than double the capacity of Terrace’s current health care facility.
The new building will go up on the north end of the city’s current hospital grounds. It includes an expanded emergency department with two trauma bays, six stretcher bays, four operating rooms and a pediatric care centre. A separate mental health building is also being built on-site.
Procurement for the project is expected to get underway shortly. The province plans to deliver the project under the design-build model.
The current schedule has construction wrapping up by 2024 with demolition of the old hospital building to follow.