New KGH clinical support building started

Interior Health will break ground on its latest multi-million dollar construction project today.

Interior Health will break ground on its latest multi-million dollar construction project today.

The $47 million clinical support building, to be built across Pandosy Street from Kelowna General Hospital, is slated open next year.

It will be the new home to the hospital’s laboratory and other support departments and its construction will make way for the planned new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre on the KGH site.

The IHSC will add the region’s largest hospital to the small list of hospitals in B.C. offering full cardiac care. Angioplasties are already being performed at KGH but the addition of the centre will add open-heart surgery.

Graham Design-Build Services has signed a fixed-price contract with Interior Health to design and build the clinical support building.The Interior Heart and Surgical Centre project was announced by the province in January 2010 and IH is currently recruiting surgeons for the heart centre.

The clinical support building will house departments that will be moved from the existing hospital in preparation for the start of construction of the heart centre building in 2012.

The three-storey, 7,850 square-metre clinical support building will be connected to the new KGH Centennial Tower by an elevated enclosed walkway across Pandosy Street at the third-floor level.

The CSB will be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standards to ensure high-performance standards are met, minimizing operating costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, say IH officials.

To meet the commitment of British Columbia’s Wood First Act and showcase the use of wood, extensive use of wood will be used throughout the building.