Contractors shortlisted for new $1.9-billion St. Paul's Hospital

Sep 25 2019, 1:55 pm

Providence Health Care announced today it has shortlisted two private consortiums to carry out the construction of the new St. Paul’s Hospital in the False Creek Flats, near SkyTrain’s Main Street-Science World Station.

The $1.9-billion new and expanded hospital will anchor a new 18.4-acre healthcare campus at 1002 Station Street, complete with 548 beds, including a net gain of 115 beds. There will also be major provincial-level programs and referral centres, including for heart and lung care, renal, eating disorders, and specialty surgeries and transplants.

General and specialized care services provided by the new hospital entail emergency, HIV/AIDS, critical care, mental health, addictions, Indigenous health, maternity, and community care and outreach programs.

One of the shortlisted companies is Ellis Don Infrastructure Healthcare, which was recently involved with Surrey Memorial Hospital’s new critical care tower. The other company is PCL Construction, which has projects such as Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre and Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre in its portfolio.

Both firms are also behind major hospital projects elsewhere in the continent.

The companies will bid for the contract to design, build, and partially finance the new hospital.

New St. Pauls Hospital

Artistic rendering of the new St. Paul’s Hospital and health campus at the False Creek Flats. (IBI Group Architects / Providence Healthcare)

Currently, the project is going through the municipal government’s rezoning process, which is expected to reach completion this fall. This year, the hospital design has also under tumultuous aesthetic scrutiny by the city’s Urban Design Panel.

If all goes as planned, construction on the hospital could begin in 2020/21 for an opening in 2026.

Future phases of the healthcare campus, on sites surrounding the main hospital building, will entail new buildings for clinical services and research facilities connected to the hospital. This includes a new health innovation park, in partnership with healthcare, life sciences, and biomedical research industry partners.

The hospital’s current 6.5-acre location at 1081 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver’s West End is listed for sale. The property is expected to fetch upwards of $1 billion, which will go towards covering the construction cost of the new hospital.

In February, the provincial government provided its approval of the project and announced $1 billion in funding.

New St. Paul's Hospital

Site of the new St. Paul’s Hospital and health campus at the False Creek Flats. (IBI Group Architects / Providence Healthcare)