Excavation of the front lawn of Royal Inland Hospital has begun as the first phase of the hospital's redevelopment gets under way.
Politicians gathered at the site Friday afternoon to mark the occasion.
Site preparation involves excavation and relocating power and utility services so that construction can begin in the spring. Construction is expected to take about two years.
Interior Health is in the process of selecting a preferred proponent to design and build the clinical services building. The successful proponent will be chosen next spring.
The clinical services building is cost-shared between the provincial government and the Thompson Regional Hospital District.