More requests for proposals issued for new Kelowna heart centre project

Interior Health says work needs to be done to existing hospital buildings to support new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre.

Interior Health has issued requests for proposals  for architectural, electrical and mechanical consulting services to support renovations of the Strathcona building at Kelowna General Hospital as it prepares for the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre.

The heart centre is currently under construction at KGH.

According to IH officials, the RFP will support the final phase of the heart centre project, and will see parts of the Strathcona building reconfigured and renovated to provide clinical and support services for the hospital’s cardiac revascularization program.

Three requests for proposals were posted on the B.C. Bid website Wednesday seeking consulting services on the architectural, electrical and mechanical components of the project. They include:

A comprehensive review, study and report on the current mechanical and electrical systems servicing the Strathcona and Royal buildings at KGH to determine requirements for upgrading systems.

Design for renovations to the existing pharmacy area on Strathcona level 1.

Design for renovations to accommodate expansion of logistics/loading dock, housekeeping, nutrition and food and laundry services on Strathcona level 1.

Design for renovations to Strathcona level 2 to accommodate six coronary care unit  beds (plus shelled space for two future CCU beds), 20 cardiology telemetry inpatient beds and 14 cardiac surgery inpatient beds, including associated support spaces.

Design of external links on levels two and three from the Strathcona building to the new heart centre.

A comprehensive way finding review and implementation for both interior and exterior signage to define requirements for a campus-wide program that guides patients and visitors smoothly into and throughout KGH.

“Cardiac services in the Interior will move forward with the release of the requests for proposals for the final phase of the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre project – work in the Strathcona building,” said Health Minister Terry Lake.

The work on the Strathcona building, expected to be completed by 2017, will be done in phases to support the new cardiac and surgical operations in the IHSC building, which will open in 2015.

“It can make a world of difference to a patient’s recovery to have access to a surgical facility in, or close to, their home community, without having to travel away from family and friends,” said Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “It is exciting for Interior residents that we are taking another step towards the completion of the new Interior Heart and Surgical program, which will offer the highest standards of cardiac care.”

The RFPs close on Sept. 26. Interior Health anticipates awarding the contract to the successful proponents by next month.


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