Royal Columbian Hospital Redevelopment Project – Phase One

Phase One of the RCH Redevelopment Project is the design and construction of a new mental health building, energy centre (including fit-out), and underground parking structure at the RCH campus in New Westminster, BC.

Royal Columbian Hospital Redevelopment Project – Phase One

Project Details

Project Description: The RCH Redevelopment Project is phased to allow for continuity of hospital services throughout construction, demolition, and renovation work. Due to the complexity involved in this multi-phase, multi-year project, work has been broken into three separate phases:

  • Phase 1 included a 75-bed Mental Health Substance Use (MHSU) building, an Energy Centre (EC) serving the new and existing campus, underground parking, and a new Campus Communication Hub (CCH).

As the first step in this multi-phase, multi-year project, Phase One provided foundational elements for the site in preparation for subsequent phases. Completed work in Phase One included:

  • A new 75-bed mental health substance use (MHSU) building of approximately 13,000 BGSM;
  • An energy centre, including fit-out of equipment required to service the MHSU building and existing campus;
  • Four levels of underground parking, providing 400+ parking stalls for the campus;
  • Associated tunnel and bridge connections to the existing campus;
  • Civil construction of a campus IT network perimeter pathway system connecting the communications hub to the buildings and third-party structures, and which will be used for the installation of the fiber optic ring;
  • Conversion of most of the campus from steam to hot water;
  • Upgrades to campus-wide systems including humidification and electrical power; and
  • Fit-out of the campus communications hub.

Phases Two and Three have been approved. The RFQ is expected in Spring 2018.

Client:Fraser Health Authority
Project Cost:$258.9 million
Partner:Bird Design Build Construction Inc.
Project Status:Operational
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Request for Qualifications issuedAugust 14, 2015
Request for Qualifications closedOctober 13, 2015
Shortlist announcedDecember 16, 2015
Request for Proposals issuedMay 10, 2016
Contract awardJanuary 24, 2017
Construction to beginFebruary 2017
Construction completedMarch 2020

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Project Contacts

Catherine Silman
Infrastructure BC

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