Penticton hospital expansion takes one step forward

Two companies have been selected to work on the business plan for the Penticton Hospital expansion

The expansion to Penticton Regional Hospital has moved one square along the path to the long-awaited Patient Care Tower.

Interior Health has selected two health care design professional companies to provide architectural, electrical, mechanical and information technology consulting services in support of the development of a business plan for a new patient care tower at Penticton Regional Hospital.

“These companies are both leaders in their fields,” said IH Board Chair Norman Embree. “With their support in the development of the business plan, we are confident that Penticton will soon benefit from a high-quality, well-designed patient care tower.”

Soon, according to Health Minister Terry Lake, is at least two years before shovels in the ground and another three to five years before the new facility is in full operation.  Lake said the province remains committed to the project, however.

“This project is a high priority for our government and today’s announcement of successful proponents being selected to support the business plan development is another step towards a new patient care tower at Penticton Regional Hospital,” said Lake.

IBI Group was selected to provide architectural consulting services, while Genivar Inc. will provide mechanical, electrical and IMIT consulting.

“We are pleased to see this important step in development of the business plan,” said Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District Chair Janice Perrino. “As partners in this project, we look forward to the eventual approval to proceed to the actual design and construction of a health care facility to take us into the next decades.”

Using their areas of expertise, the companies will help Interior Health develop the business plan, which Premier Christy Clark gave provincial approval to move forward with on Mar. 20. Should the project proceed to design and construction, the two companies will also provide compliance consulting services throughout the term of project development, ensuring proposals comply with the requirements of the Request for Proposals and the final contract.

“I’d like to thank Interior Health for moving forward with planning for the new patient care tower. Having companies in place to provide consulting services for the business plan is a further advancement towards the start of actual construction,” said Penticton MLA Dan Ashton.