The new St. Paul’s Hospital, to be constructed at a new site at 1002 Station Street in Vancouver’s False Creek Flats, 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 St. Paul’s.
“After so many years in limbo, it’s truly exciting to see the new St. Paul’s project gaining momentum,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “This year St. Paul’s is celebrating its 125th anniversary of providing compassionate and innovative care, research and teaching to people in B.C. 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.”
Through the RFQ process, Providence will identify a shortlist of up to three teams that will be invited to participate in the next stage of the competitive selection process – the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage. That stage will determine which team Providence will select to eventually lead the design and construction of the project.
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 BC’s health care system,” said Fiona Dalton, President & 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 BC and Canada. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to provide the best possible health care for British Columbians.”
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.
The hospital will also offer a diverse and long list of general and specialized care, including HIV/AIDS, chronic disease management services, emergency and critical care, mental health and addictions beds and programs, ambulatory services and outpatient clinics, end-of-life care, Indigenous health, maternity, colorectal and gastrointestinal services, and community care and community outreach programs.
Providence is planning to build other phases on the health campus, including a clinical and research centre connected to the hospital. Other future development and partnership opportunities include a health innovation park with industry partners in the fields of health-care technology, life sciences and biomedical research, with whom clinicians and researchers will collaborate to drive discovery, development and commercialization of new health-care technologies, treatments and processes.
The RFQ can be viewed on the BC Bid website: www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca