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RFQ Issued for Vancouver’s new St. Paul’s Hospital

The new St. Paul’s – to be constructed at a new site at 1002 Station Street in Vancouver’s False Creek Flats, 3km from the current hospital site on Burrard Street – will have capacity for up to 548 beds, which includes 115 net new beds.


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Rendering of the proposed new St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.

The new St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver is now one step closer to starting construction.

Providence Health Care has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) inviting teams to express their interest in, and qualifications for, designing, building and partially financing the new St. Paul’s.

The provincial government announced its approval of the business plan for the new St. Paul’s on February 15, 2019.

The new St. Paul’s – to be constructed at a new site at 1002 Station Street in Vancouver’s False Creek Flats, 3km from the current hospital site on Burrard Street – will have capacity for up to 548 beds, which includes 115 net new beds.

The site will be the home of several leading provincial programs and referral centres, including for heart and lung care, renal, eating disorders and specialty surgeries and transplants.

The hospital will also offer a diverse and long list of general and specialized care, including HIV/AIDS, chronic disease management services, emergency and critical care, mental health and addictions beds and programs, ambulatory services and outpatient clinics, end-of-life care, Indigenous health, maternity, colorectal and gastrointestinal services, and community care and community outreach programs.

The RFQ process is expected to be finalized – with a shortlist of three teams selected – by this fall. The subsequent request for proposal (RFP) process will be initiated shortly after that and is expected to take up to one year to finalize.

“After so many years in limbo, it’s truly exciting to see the new St. Paul’s project gaining momentum. This year St. Paul’s is celebrating its 125th anniversary of providing compassionate and innovative care, research and teaching to people in B.C.,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, in a media release. “Selecting the people who will eventually design and construct the new hospital is a key milestone to propel the project toward construction.”

Providence is planning to build other phases on the health campus, including a clinical and research centre connected to the hospital.

Other future development and partnership opportunities include a health innovation park with industry partners in the fields of health-care technology, life sciences and biomedical research, with whom clinicians and researchers will collaborate to drive discovery, development and commercialization of new health-care technologies, treatments and processes.

Design elements of the new St. Paul’s Hospital that will improve experiences and optimize wellness include:

  • Access to natural light & views
  • Single patient rooms with space for family and support persons to stay overnight. Minimize infections and maximize privacy
  • Seniors-friendly campus layout
  • New technologies and state-of-the-art spaces, including digital way-finding to allow easy navigation around the campus, automated patient check-ins and online patient scheduling
  • Outdoor and other spaces for wellness & rejuvenation
  • Sacred spaces (All Nations Sacred Space, meditation spaces, chapel)
  • Public art. Incorporating Indigenous perspectives into campus design.

The RFQ can be viewed on the BC Bid website: www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca