The countdown is on to completion of possibly the largest public construction project ever in Kelowna.
On May 27, 2012, the new Centennial Tower at Kelowna General Hospital is slated to open, part of a $432-million addition to Kelowna General Hospital and Vernon’s Jubilee Hospital.
Interior Health recently took possession of the new tower at VJH and it is slated to open this fall.
In conjunction with the completion of the six-storey tower at KGH, a new three storey, 84,500-square-foot clinical support building across Pandosy Street from the hospital is currently under construction and will open at the same time as the tower.
It will be connected to the Centennial Building by an enclosed walkway over Pandosy Street.
“Today marks a significant milestone in patient care across the region,” Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster told a crowd of hospital and Interior Health Authority employees, construction crews and local politicians who gathered for the countdown ceremony Friday.
“It may seem a long way off, but it isn’t,” he said.
IH board member Erwin Malzer said the new building will see the relocation of several departments, including the emergency ward and ambulatory care and will provide more space and the ability for improved patient care.
“The building will be state-of-the-art but it’s really all about patient care,” said Malzer.
In addition to the Centennial Building and the East Pandosy clinical support building, KGH has also seen the construction of a clinical campus for UBCO’s Interior medical school and a large new parkade in recent years and plans have been approved for a $448-million heart and surgical centre on site.