Canada-based Penticton Regional Hospital has selected Ellis Don Infrastructure as the preferred builder for a new patient care tower and multi-storey car park at the hospital in British Columbia.

Ellis Don was selected following an extensive evaluation of three teams that were shortlisted and invited to submit proposals to design, build, partially finance and maintain the project.

The next stage in the project involves the finalisation of a contract with Ellis Don, with construction expected to start shortly after.

It is reported that details of the agreement will be released after the deal is finalised.

British Columbia health minister Terry Lake said: "We remain committed to an expansion of Penticton Regional Hospital because we recognise the growth of the region and an increasing demand on healthcare services.

"In short order, we will be celebrating the groundbreaking of this new patient care tower and the benefits it will bring for patients, families, and healthcare professionals in this region."

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"Every step in the process brings us closer to the start of construction."

The project will be carried out in two phases. The new patient care tower is scheduled to be opened in 2019.

Penticton MLA Dan Ashton said: "Every step in the process brings us closer to the start of construction.

"It will have a significant impact on Penticton and the south Okanagan-Similkameen region creating upwards of 1,900 jobs for workers over the life of the project.

"Many individuals including myself have spent years working towards this expansion and to be so close to concluding the selection process is incredibly exciting."

The first phase will include a new patient care tower and car park, including an ambulatory care centre, surgical services, 84 medical surgical inpatient beds in single patient rooms, a medical device reprocessing unit and facilities for the University of British Columbia medical facility’s programme.

The second phase includes the renovation of areas vacated by the first phase that will create an expanded emergency department and updated pharmacy, store and support areas.

British Columbia Interior Health board chair Erwin Malzer said: "The selection of Ellis Don Infrastructure as the preferred proponent means we can move on to concluding the selection process.

"It brings us closer to breaking ground on what will be a patient-centred, environmentally sustainable and modern hospital for the residents of the south Okanagan-Similkameen."

The new patient care tower, which is part of Interior Health’s commitment to environmental sustainability and green buildings, will be designed and built to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.

Image: The new patient care tower is scheduled to be opened in 2019. Photo: courtesy of Interior Health Authority.