Another milestone has been reached with the project to build a new, expanded, modern campus for St. Paul’s Hospital in the False Creek Flats.
Providence Health Care, the operator of the hospital, announced today it has launched the first stage of its procurement process — the request for qualifications (RFQ) stage — inviting interested teams to conduct detail design, build, and partially finance the new medical campus.
According to a release, hospital officials will select up to three teams to proceed to the request for proposal (RFP) stage this fall. It is anticipated the RFP process will take up to one year to finalize, with construction beginning afterwards.
And if all goes as planned, the new $1.9-billion hospital could see its first patients in 2026.
The project is advancing after its business case was approved by the provincial government in February.
St. Paul’s Hospital will shutter its existing location at the 6.5-acre property on 1081 Burrard Street, and relocate to the significantly larger facility on an 18.4-acre property at 1002 Station Street — just north of Pacific Central Station and SkyTrain’s Main Street-Science World Station, and south of Chinatown.
There will be a total of 548 patient beds, which is a net gain of 115 beds over the existing location. It will be the new home for several major provincial programs and referral centres, including heart and lung care, renal, eating disorders, and specialty surgeries and transplants.
Other specialized care units entail 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 outreach programs.
“The new St. Paul’s is a critical investment into BC’s health care system,” said Fiona Dalton, president and CEO of Providence Health Care, in a statement.
The vast majority of the hospital’s construction cost is anticipated to be covered by the sale of the existing hospital property, which is anticipated to go for well over $1 billion given the large site’s development potential in downtown’s West End.
“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,” she continued.
“We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to provide the best possible health care for British Columbians.”
The campus will comprise of multiple buildings, with the hospital complex being the most significant. These other buildings — for clinics, research space, health innovation businesses, and a hotel for visiting family and friends of patients — will be constructed in multiple phases and connected by overhead walkways.
There will also be childcare facilities with a combined capacity for as many as 125 kids to meet the needs of campus workers, and extensive public spaces including a large central plaza in front of the main hospital entrance.