Contract finalized for Penticton's new patient care tower

PENTICTON – Interior Health and EllisDon Infrastructure this week finalized the contract for a new patient care tower and parkade at Penticton Regional Hospital (PRH).

Following the selection of EllisDon Infrastructure as Interior Health’s preferred proponent (announced January 20) teams from both organizations got to work on concluding a performance-based contract.

The new patient care tower is going to be a six-storey building (plus a mechanical penthouse) and will include: a new ambulatory care centre featuring outpatient services such as cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, maternal/child clinics (services for pre- and post-pregnancy, newborns and children), respiratory, pre-surgical screening, satellite medical imaging and a laboratory for specimen collections; a surgical services suite including five operating rooms and six minor procedure rooms; 84 medical/ surgical inpatient beds in single patient rooms, each with its own washroom; a new medical device reprocessing department; space for the UBC Faculty of Medicine program; a rooftop helipad; and retail space. In addition, a 480 stall parkade will be built adjacent to the new tower.

As part of Interior Health’s commitment to environmental sustainability and green buildings, the new patient care tower will be designed and constructed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, helping to create a healthy and healing patient environment and workplace. The building’s design also features wood finishes which aligns with B.C.’s Wood First Act.

These considerations together with others, made it possible for EllisDon Infrastructure to finance the Penticton Patient Care Tower Project with a Green Bond. The financing has been assured of its green attributes by Altus Group Limited, an industry-respected consultant and technical advisor for public- and private-sector infrastructure projects. A copy of the third-party report done by the Altus Group is available by contacting:

EllisDon Infrastructure will begin early works in mid-May, with construction on the tower and parkade expected to begin in August 2016. The tower is expected to open for patient care in spring 2019, and phase two renovations will commence shortly thereafter.

Based on the EllisDon bid, the capital budget for the project is now $312.5 million. The Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District is providing $117 million, the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation is contributing $20-million, Interior Health is providing $14.4 million, and the provincial portion is $161.1-million.

In addition to constructing the new patient care tower and parkade, EllisDon Infrastructure will be responsible for building maintenance (of the whole PRH site), lifecycle repair and renewal and a portion of the project financing over the life of the contract – a 30 year term. Clinical, housekeeping, and food services will be provided by Interior Health.

The contract makes certain that EllisDon Infrastructure assumes all construction (cost and schedule), design, long-term maintenance and operational risks, as well as other costs related to the project. A Value for Money report will be released in August on Partnerships BC’s website (, along with the project agreement.

EllisDon Design Build Inc., an affiliate of EllisDon Corporation, is one of Canada’s largest builders of hospitals in the country. With over 400 hospital projects at a value of approximately $12 billion complete, EllisDon Design Build has extensive experience in P3 projects. Examples of EllisDon Design Build projects similar to this project include the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower in Surrey, B.C.; Brampton Civic Hospital in Brampton, ON and Regional Mental Healthcare in London, ON.

It is expected that the project will create more than 1,910 direct and indirect jobs for workers over the life of the project.Media contacts:

Lisa Braman, Communications Officer
Interior Health – Capital Planning & P3 Projects

Dustin Luchka, Manager, Marketing & Communications
EllisDon Corp.