EllisDon has signed the design-build agreement for Phase 2 and the construction management agreement for Phase 3 of the Royal Columbian Hospital Redevelopment project in New Westminster, British Columbia.

With a completion date in early 2025, phase 2 of the redevelopment is now underway and will create a new acute care tower with more beds for intensive care, cardiac intensive care, medicine, and surgical patients primarily in single-patient, private rooms. Additionally, this phase will create a new emergency department, medical imaging unit, 25 operating rooms, two radiology suites, an additional CT scanner, maternity operating rooms, a new entrance and a rooftop helipad.

During phase 3, EllisDon will upgrade and expand areas in the existing Health Care Centre and Columbia Tower while work on this phase will begin in 2023, with completion scheduled for 2026.

“EllisDon is proud to be working with the Fraser Health Authority, City of New Westminster and our design build partners on this critical healthcare infrastructure. This project is a significant and meaningful build for our team,” says Michael Kazda, SVP project director, EllisDon.

New buildings are being designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold green building standards, as part of Fraser Health’s and the province’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

The estimated $1.1 billion cost of phases two and three will be funded by the province, Fraser Health and the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.

Royal Columbian Hospital opened in 1862, and today serves as a vital referral centre and regional centre of excellence for trauma, critical care, cardiac care, maternity, neonatal intensive care, acute mental health care, and neurosurgery.

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