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BC Children’s & BC Women’s hospitals redevelopment project move ahead

Posted on 13/01/2014 12:00am

Provincial Health Services Authority

Vancouver – A preferred proponent has been selected to begin negotiations with the provincial government and the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) related to the redevelopment of BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre.

An important next step toward the building of the new Acute Care Centre at BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre has been achieved by selecting Affinity Partnerships as a preferred proponent. This follows an extensive evaluation of proponent teams that were shortlisted and invited to submit proposals to design, build, finance and provide facilities management services to the new Acute Care Centre.

The next stage in the competitive selection process is to negotiate with Affinity Partnerships to settle the final terms of the contract, a process that is expected to culminate in a performance-based contract by the spring of 2014. Details about the contract and fixed project cost will be made public after the agreement has been finalized.

Construction of the new Acute Care Centre is anticipated to get underway in the winter of 2014/15. The Acute Care Centre will include inpatient units, an Emergency Department, Medical Imaging and Procedural Suites, Hematology/Oncology Department and Pediatric Intensive Care for BC Children’s Hospital. It will also include high-risk labour and delivery suite and a new neonatal intensive care unit for BC Women’s Hospital & Health Care Centre. The new design will emphasize the single occupant patient rooms, noise reduction features, access to natural light and views of nature, resulting in an improved healing environment.

A fairness advisor, Jane Shackell, Q.C. was appointed to oversee and monitor the entire evaluation process to ensure that it was fair and followed the requirements outlined in the request for proposals (RFP). The report of the fairness advisor concluded that the process for selecting the preferred proponent was fair, reasonable and appropriate. The fairness advisor’s report will be publicly available on Partnerships BC’s website at: when the contract is final.

This project was made possible in part through the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s $200 million “Campaign for BC Children.” Over the past five years, $150 million was raised for the new Acute Care Centre and a further $50 million for the delivery of specialized care to children across the province through Child Health BC.

The total cost of the redevelopment project is estimated at $680 million.

The new Acute Care Centre will be designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standard and will optimize the use of wood in the interior and exterior of the building, consistent with the Province of BC’s Wood First Act.

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians. For more information, visit


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