Three companies are on Interior Health’s short list to design and build the new $79.8-million clinical services building at Royal Inland Hospital.
Nine design teams responded to a request for qualifications for the clinical services building, which closed June 26. EllisDon and Bird Design-Build — both out of Ontario — and Calgary-based Graham Design will advance to the request-for-proposal stage.
The contract will be awarded by spring 2014 and construction is expected to begin immediately after that, Royal Inland Hospital administrator Marg Brown said Tuesday.
“It’s happening fast,” she said.
Once the project is complete, some hospital staff will move into the new building and additional employees will be hired, Brown added.
How many is not yet known, but the thought from the beginning is that additional personnel need to be brought in to provide services that aren’t presently offered. Brown said these discussions are ongoing.
Health Minister Terry Lake called the short list another important step in bringing the Royal Inland Hospital master plan to life. He hopes this will alleviate any lingering fears that the project won’t become a reality.
“Hopefully, within a couple of years of getting started, we’ll have that building expansion complete and be moving on to Phase 2,” said Lake.
The first phase has more clinical outpatient space, improved building access and additional parking.
“When you start getting shovels in the ground, it shows that it is really happening,” said Lake.
Shovels will be in the ground this fall as work begins on site preparation. Brown expects that contract will be awarded by the end of the month and the first bit of earth moved in September.