With just over 14 months until the new Centennial Patient Care Tower opens, anticipation and excitement is growing at Kelowna General Hospital.
The outside of the building currently looks a lot like it will when completed, save for the main entrance, some finishing touches and the landscaping.
Inside the tower, it’s starting to look a lot like a hospital. The first, second and third levels have flooring in, as well as the ceiling grid.
Lighting and millwork (fixed furniture and cabinetry) are being installed, as are sinks, taps and bathroom fixtures.
Wall protection and hand and bump rails are also being put in.
The walls are going into the fifth and sixth floors.
These floors will house the new McNair Psychiatric Unit (fifth floor) and new and relocated medical and surgical beds (sixth floor) in order to make way for the demolition of the old Pandosy building prior to construction of the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre.
In addition to the Psychiatric Unit and patient beds, all of the labs and support services that are housed in the existing Pandosy building will be moving across the street to the new East Pandosy Clinical Support Building.
Ground was broken at the end of February, and Graham Design Build Services is now putting the footings in for the foundation of that building.
It will be connected to the Centennial Tower by a third-storey walkway across Pandosy.
Speaking of the IHSC, the Request for Qualifications was issued a couple of weeks ago.
The RFQ seeks companies to submit expressions of interest in being qualified to construct and maintain the new building.
This process will take until June, when a select group of companies will be shortlisted and invited to respond to a Request for Proposals.
Meanwhile, staffing for the transitional cardiac program continues.
There are two cardiac catheterization labs working now, and the three interventional cardiologists have performed more than 1,000 angioplasties since its opening in November 2009.
Check out all of the latest photos of the building at www.buildingpatientcare.ca.