The new St. Paul’s Hospital is one step closer to starting construction, with the issuing of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ).
The RFQ issued by Providence Health Care is the first stage in the competitive selection process and invites teams to express their interest in, and qualifications for, designing, building and partially financing the new hospital.
The provincial government announced the approval of the business plan for the new St. Paul’s on February 15, 2019. The new St. Paul’s – to be constructed at a new site at 1002 Station Street in Vancouver’s False Creek Flats – will have capacity for up to 548 beds, which includes 115 net new beds. The site will be the home of several leading provincial programs and referral centres, including for heart and lung care, renal, eating disorders and specialty surgeries and transplants.
“Patients, caregivers, physicians and researchers have waited patiently for a new St. Paul’s to continue the legacy of excellence for the next 125 years and beyond. Selecting the people who will eventually design and construct the new hospital is a key milestone to propel the project toward construction.” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.
The RFQ process is expected to be finalized – with the three teams selected – by the fall of 2019. The subsequent RFP process will be initiated shortly after that and is expected to take up to one year to finalize, after which the construction stage can be initiated.
“The new St. Paul’s is a critical investment into B.C.’s health care system,” said Fiona Dalton, president and CEO, Providence Health Care. “With Providence contributing a major share of the capital costs through the sale of the current St. Paul’s site, the equally significant contribution from the provincial government and with substantial donations from the philanthropic community through the St. Paul’s Foundation, this is truly a unique partnership-based project in B.C. and Canada.”
Providence is planning to build other phases on the health campus, including a clinical and research centre connected to the hospital.