Special Update on the New St. Paul's

Sep 26, 2019 | News

We have great news!

We wanted you to be among the first to know our new St. Paul’s Hospital is one step closer to starting construction. Today we announced the two shortlisted teams who will participate in the next stage of the competition to design, build, and partially finance our new hospital.

The selected proponent teams have impressive track records on large, complex hospital developments.

The EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare team is led by EllisDon and includes the architecture firms of Parkin Architects Western Ltd., Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. and DIALOG Design who would lead the design process. EllisDon built the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Surrey Memorial’s Critical Care Tower.

The PCL Team is led by PCL and includes Stantec Architecture Ltd. and HDR Architecture Associates Inc. PCL built the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, Humber River Hospital and the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued to the shortlisted teams today. The RFP asks the teams for their technical design, schedule, and financial submissions. In the months ahead, the New St. Paul’s Project Team will hold a series of collaborative meetings with these firms, along with hospital staff representatives, to provide commentary and guidance on the specifications and needs.

The RFP process is rigorous, highly confidential, and overseen by a Fairness Advisor to ensure the companies are treated equitably. We expect to select and announce the successful proponent in late 2020. At that time, the design for our campus and hospital, the construction schedule and move in date will be confirmed. We anticipate seeing our first patient in the new St. Paul’s in 2026.

Engagement continues with Providence’s clinical leadership and staff

The New St. Paul’s Project Team continues to lead considerable complex technical work and consultation with internal and external stakeholders. This engagement is helping to shape the plans for the new hospital and health campus and to reimagine how the health care system can better support Vancouverites and British Columbians. We are also working closely with the City of Vancouver, the Ministry of Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, UBC and others. 

A critical part of our planning is engaging with you — our leaders, direct care providers, physicians, researchers, support staff and partner organizations. To date, more than 100 meetings have been held with internal stakeholders to ensure their expertise and advice is considered in every aspect of our planning.

Recent internal engagement has centred around refining the clinical specifications for the new hospital. This engagement has been led by Miriam Stewart, Chief Clinical Planning Officer for the new St. Paul’s and Dr. Jeff Pike, the Project’s Physician Director of Clinical Planning, with the support of the clinical planning team.

The New St. Paul’s Project Team meeting.

The clinical specifications are essential instructions outlining how we intend to work in future spaces. Our clinical teams of experts have reviewed over 4500 spaces, from broom closets to operating rooms. The specifications, along with the indicative design, (which shows the potential size, arrangement, and adjacencies of spaces) are being provided to our shortlisted proponents as part of the Request for Proposals process.

Between now and the later part of 2020, the Project Team will engage with Providence’s care, support services and facility operations teams on detailed design criteria, adjacencies, requirements, operational planning and flows. Care teams will have the opportunity to describe their future flows and models of care, helping design the new St. Paul’s. 

The redevelopment project team acknowledges that currently the organization is busy and focused on the CST Project. The team will work with PHC leaders to ensure all needs and sensitivities are addressed when planning any engagement activities. Exact dates for this engagement have not yet been scheduled.  

Rezoning the Station Street site

Providence is working closely with the City of Vancouver on the Station Street site’s rezoning process which needs to be completed before the contract with the successful proponent is finalized. There has been considerable progress since Providence submitted a Policy Statement in 2017 and a Rezoning Application in August 2018.

In July 2019, the new St. Paul’s Hospital campus design received unanimous support from the City’s Urban Design Panel. This panel, comprised of architects, landscape designers, engineers, and artists, advises City Council and staff on development proposals for bridges, roads, parks, beautification projects, transit systems and civic buildings. 

This October, City Council will hold a public hearing to gather more community feedback and then vote on our rezoning application. The New St. Paul’s Project Team will be presenting at this hearing.

Kudos to the hard work on rezoning led by project team members:

Rhonda Lui, Associate Project Director, Design Build; Marc Dagneau, Senior Manager, Design & Project Delivery; Clayton Wong, Project Manager, Design & Project Delivery; and others.

The key aspects of rezoning process include:

  • Providence submits a Policy Statement. (Approved by the City in 2017)
  • Providence submits a Rezoning Application for City review. (August 2018)
  • City engineers and Providence collaborate on road and infrastructure needs. (August 2018 – August 2019)
  • A public open house solicits public feedback. (November 2018)
  • The City’s Urban Design Panel recommends the new St. Paul’s campus design. (July 2019)
  • City Council holds one or more public hearings and votes on our application. (Expected October 2019)

Sustainability work on the Station Street site continues

The New St. Paul’s Project Team continues to do extensive work associated with disaster-resilience of the Station Street site to mitigate impacts from earthquakes, rising sea levels, or utility outages.  

In June of this year, 25 attendees representing various stakeholder groups attended a full day climate risk assessment workshop which considered detailed localized climate projections on temperature and precipitation generated by the Pacific Climate Impact Consortium. This information will feed into a comprehensive, multi-hazard, and vulnerability assessment which will inform the design of the campus as a post-disaster facility.

The specifications for the hospital include electrical and mechanical redundancy requirements for servicing and onsite infrastructure (including such items as emergency generators and bottled gas) to ensure the facility remains operational during and immediately after an event.

The New St. Paul’s Project Team believes the work underway will help the hospital campus to be well positioned for potential environmental risks.

Clinical Support and Research Centre (CSRC) Business Plan

Parallel to the work underway for the new St. Paul’s Hospital is the development of the Clinical Support and Research Centre (CSRC) to accommodate clinicians, researchers and administrative staff on the campus. Engagement underway with Providence clinicians, researchers and administrators is led by Curtis Bagan, Senior Manager, Design and Project Delivery. This engagement will inform the development of a Business Plan to be submitted to government for approval.

CSRC will be co-located next to the new hospital to capture the benefits of proximity. It will be a collaborative platform for discovery and learning, attracting the best people to deliver excellence in care, research and innovation.

Our leading edge Clinical Support and Research Centre will open at the same time as the new St. Paul’s in 2026. 

Sale of the existing Burrard Street hospital site

Providence is selling the 6.7-acre current hospital site to help cover costs of the new St. Paul’s. This is a unique aspect of this project, where Providence as the owner of the site is able to help minimize the construction costs to taxpayers by paying from its own assets.

CBRE Canada, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, was hired to assist us in leveraging the land. CBRE’s work is continuing and more information will be shared when the details of the transaction are finalized.

Donor support a key differentiator in making the new St. Paul’s world class

We have an extremely rare opportunity to build something that will change and save lives. We are turning to leaders in our community to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the new St. Paul’s. Funds raised will support the new build and bolster programs and services so our provision of care capitalizes on the innovation and transformation the new facility affords us.

Major commitments include Michael and Carmelina De Lazzari’s $3-million gift to create the De Lazzari Family Chair in Heart Lung Innovation; Scotiabank’s $2-million in support of youth transition programs; London Drugs’ $6.5-million in support of the provincial Heart Centre; and Jim Pattison’s historic $75-million gift to galvanize the transformation of health care in BC at the new St. Paul’s.

At a June 18, 2019 press conference it was announced the Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Foundation has promised to raise $6 million for the new St. Paul’s Hospital’s hearing and balance centre. The new centre, to be named BC Rotary Hearing and Balance Centre, will feature exam rooms, surgical suites, research clinics and laboratories, clinical support, and vital equipment used to locate, diagnose, and treat ear conditions.

(L to R) Dr. Jeff Pike, Orthopedic Surgeon & Physician Lead for the new St. Paul’s Redevelopment Project; Jim Pattison, philanthropist and founder of the Jim Pattison Group; and Dick Vollet, President & CEO, St. Paul’s Foundation.

It’s Happening! 

Dr. Victor Leung, Medical Director for Infection Prevention and Control & Physician Lead of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, speaking about the new St. Paul's.

It is an exciting time to be a part of Providence Health Care and St. Paul’s and now you can champion the next century of care at St. Paul’s as a pioneer, a visionary, a leader and a difference-maker. With your gift, you become a part of the foundation to which the next 125 years will be built on.

To see how you can give a gift of a lifetime and be a part of one of the most significant health care redevelopments in Canada, please visit www.helpstpauls.com/its-happening. 

PHC physicians/medical staff are fully supporting the new St. Paul’s. Check out this video: https://vimeo.com/358516088

More Information

If you are interested in more information about the project or have questions, please visit thenewstpauls.ca or contact us by email: thenewstpauls@providencehealth.bc.ca.

Mission Forward


Exiting news! Well done New St Paul's Re-Development Team!

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