A look back at 2019

Jan 8, 2020 | News
It was a year of milestones for the new St. Paul's in 2019. Before we launch into our goals for 2020, here's a look back at what was accomplished.

New St. Paul’s Business Plan Approved

In February, the Provincial Government officially approved the Business Plan for the new hospital on Station Street in False Creek Flats, committing almost half of the money required to build the core hospital, making it the largest hospital redevelopment in the history of British Columbia.  The approval also gave the redevelopment team a green light to move forward on several fronts.

Burrard Street for Sale

After Business Plan approval, Providence Health Care Society retained one of the world’s largest commercial brokers, CBRE, to market the Burrard Street land to find the right buyer.  All the money raised from the sale of the 6.6-acre site will go towards health care.

Details of a sale will likely be announced in 2020.  St. Paul’s will remain at Burrard Street until the new hospital is fully operational in 2026.

Many Meetings

In May, a Request for Qualifications was issued to design, build and partially finance the core hospital.  In September, two teams were short-listed to proceed to the next stage.  Ellis Don Infrastructure Health Care and The PCL team are currently preparing proposals.

Frontline clinicians and staff are needed to participate in proponent meetings to discuss design and operational requirements.  The two short-listed companies have equal time to understand what it means to build a new St. Paul’s that will truly transform the future of health care for British Columbians.  In the last year, the Clinical Planning team held more than a hundred meetings to listen and collect your expertise and those meetings will begin again for the first half of the year.  A successful proponent will be chosen through a compliance-based evaluation process by the fall of 2020.

Rezoning Approval for Station Street and Climate Resiliency

The final hurdle for 2019 was rezoning approval from Vancouver City Council for the Station Street site.  That was granted in early November. 

Rezoning approval comes with certain conditions, which our redevelopment team is working to fulfill by next fall. Two of the most important conditions the team is collaborating with the City of Vancouver on are sustainability and resiliency. The new St. Paul’s will focus on minimizing emissions from the building and will be built to minimize waste and manage rainwater.  It will withstand rising temperatures, extreme weather, seismic activity and predicted sea level rise to function as a post-disaster health care and triage facility.  That includes access to and from the core hospital. 

Clinical Support and Research Centre (CSRC) Moving Forward

The Clinical Support and Research Centre (CSRC) team was flat-out busy in 2019.  Strategically about a year behind the design timeline of the core hospital, the CSRC will be a separate development located adjacent to the hospital on Station Street in which we intend to house research programs, medical offices, a multi-use conference facility, a daycare and space for industry partners.  Smaller in size and scope than the core hospital, the CSRC is expected to begin construction two years after the hospital and will open at the same time.

The CSRC team held more than a hundred meetings with researchers, physicians and architects last year to brainstorm layouts that will result in the most effective and efficient design.   The meetings will form the basis for the CSRC’s functional program, financial modelling and a Business Plan that will be submitted to government next year.

St. Paul’s Foundation Closer to Its Goal

Also in 2019, the St. Paul’s Foundation committed $225 million to support the build of the new St. Paul’s and bolster programs and services so the provision of care matches the innovation and transformation afforded by the new facility.  By October, more than 75 per cent of the total had been raised thanks to generous donors.

Thank You

The new St. Paul’s will deliver great care by attracting and retaining great people.  It will be more integrated, streamlined, innovative and intuitive, allowing patients to spend their time receiving the care they need and less time and energy trying to navigate a complex health care system.  Last year brought us several steps closer to that commitment; 2020 will bring us even closer.  Thank you for all your help so far.

Mission Forward

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