The renewal of Prince Albert Victoria Hospital is moving ahead, to enable the facility to better serve residents of Prince Albert and northern Saskatchewan well into the future.

Stantec Ltd. (Stantec) has been selected as the design team for the redevelopment of the Prince Albert Victoria Hospital.  Stantec will be responsible for technical advisory work and leading the design of the expansion and renewal.

“Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert is the major hub for essential health care services across northern Saskatchewan,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said.  “Our government is pleased to see this project moving forward, and looks forward to working with the local community and our indigenous partners to ensure it includes all the services and amenities they require.”

The Prince Albert Victoria Hospital project is expected to cost more than $300 million and includes a new acute care tower, the replacement of the existing mental health space and renovations to the current facility.  Upon completion, the total number of beds available is expected to increase by approximately 40 per cent, with space to expand further as needed.

“The Prince Albert Victoria Hospital is a critical component of our province’s health infrastructure,” SaskBuilds and Procurement Minister Jim Reiter said.  “This is a significant investment that will serve not only the people of Prince Albert, but the entire northern half of the province for years to come.”

Stantec will utilize its core Saskatchewan team, from offices in Regina and Saskatoon, to develop the specifications of the hospital.  This will include validating program requirements, refining cost estimates and preparing the design, construction and clinical specifications.

“Stantec is proud to be selected as Owner’s Representative for the Prince Albert Victoria Hospital, which serves a vast area and population in north central Saskatchewan,” Stantec Principal Senior Architect Jeff Jurzyniec said.  “Patient-centred care and community service drives the design of Stantec’s healthcare projects.  Our team of local architects and engineers have a proud history of critical infrastructure project delivery throughout Saskatchewan, and we are excited to play a role in such an important project.”

“The expansion of the hospital will help us ensure that residents of northern Saskatchewan have access to improved and expanded health service in a culturally safe and responsive environment,” Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) Vice-President of Infrastructure, Information and Support Andrew Will said.

The Prince Albert Victoria Hospital project is significant for the Indigenous community in Prince Albert and the North more broadly.  The government is working closely with Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) to ensure appropriate input in planning and design including through the establishment of a Senior PAGC Committee with representation from PAGC, SHA and Ministry of Health leadership.  This collaboration continues to support SHA’s commitment to the TRC Calls to Action.

Stantec will begin work immediately, which will lead to a multi-stage procurement for design and construction this fall.  The construction phase is expected to begin in 2022.

Image: Prince Albert Victoria Hospital  (Rendering courtesy Government of Saskatchewan)

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