The Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre Replacement project was officially announced by the Province of B.C. on April 12, 2012 in the Village of Burns Lake. This project is a cornerstone for the Province’s commitment to revitalize health care for northern and rural areas of the province.
The new facility will cost up to $55 million dollars, and is a cost share between the Province and the Stuart Nechako Regional Hospital District. The project is being undertaken in a design-build approach, which bring innovation to the process by integrating the design and construction teams together.
PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. has been selected as the preferred proponent and are currently finalizing a contract with Northern Health to design and build the new facility. For more information on the procurement process visit partnershipsbc.ca.
Construction of the new facility is expected to begin in May 2013, and it is expected 200 direct jobs will be created during construction.
The new hospital will be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification and maximize the use of wood where feasible in keeping with the Province’s Wood First Act.
The current Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre was built in 1960. Since 2001, the Ministry of Health has provided about $500,000 to Northern Health for improvements to the facility. After a review, it was determined it would be too costly to refurbish this building.