Project Update – February 2013


The first edition of the North Island Hospitals Project Newsletter includes information about site preparation, community-based information meetings and more.

February 2013 Newsletter (.pdf)

1. Project update Caption describing Chief Project Officer Tom Sparrow, left, discusses upcoming site preparation work for the new Comox Valley Hospital at a neighbourhood information meeting th January 30 at Queneesh Elementary School.Comox Valley site preparation work to begin shortly. With site preparation work soon to be Site preparation work will include the area will remain open until underway on the new Comox Valley construction fencing, clearing and some hospital construction, which is Hospital site, members of the North landscaping of the 13.5-acre property. scheduled to begin in spring 2014.Island Hospitals Project team hosted Trees will be harvested to make way for The NIHP team has established at two community-based information construction of the $334 million, 153- School Advisory Committee including meetings the last week of January in bed, state-of-the-art hospital. representatives from Queneesh Courtenay. An extensive landscaping effort will see Elementary School administration,The information meetings took place at more than 1,000 trees planted on the the school’s Parent Advisory Council Queneesh Elementary School on hospital site including Douglas fir, Sitka (PAC) and School District 71 toJanuary 30th – next to the new spruce, Western Red cedar, hemlock, address concerns including thehospital site – and at the Florence pine and Dogwood. safety of students and staff during Filberg Centre on January 31st. Pedestrian routes and playing fields in construction.Campbell River Hospital public info meeting coming The next quarterly community information meeting will be held in Campbell River this month to provide an update on the project and the site preparation work which will be commencing soon. The meeting takes place from 7-9 p.m., st Thursday, February 21 , at the Maritime Heritage Centre. Key VIHA project staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. Campbell River Hospital site preparation work is expected to begin as early as March 2013 for the new $266 million, Continued on page 2 Volume 1, Issue 1 ●
2. VIHA’s Project Manager Ray Hunt, of InsideOut Planning and Architecture, centre, discusses site preparation work with potential contractors at the Campbell River Hospital site.From page 1 eliminated during construction. A establishment of a project95-bed hospital. Construction of the section of the Sunshine Wellness management office andnew hospital will take place on the Centre will be deconstructed to deconstruction of the Community same property, south of the existing make way for a new ambulance Care Building on Birch Street.facility. Initial site preparation work entrance. This will bring changes to The site preparation work is slated forwill include construction of a traffic flow at the main hospital completion by the end of November. nd sttemporary parking lot to replace entrance on 2 Avenue. Additional Come out to our February 21 existing spaces that will be work will include fencing, meeting to learn more.Progress continuing on multiple fronts “The hospitals Building two new state-of-the-art their respective working planning is hospitals totaling $600 million is an relationships in anticipation of progressing very well.extremely complex process filled with the huge amount of interaction a multitude of activities and timelines. that will be required for complex There have beenSome of the most recent milestones construction projects of this some challenges but Iand upcoming events include: size. The latest version of the Planning is underway for continue to see Functional Program – which business-to-business meetings significant explains in detail how health between project proponents and improvement as we care programs will be delivered members of the local business in the new hospitals – has been communities. The events are move forward. We are forwarded to the provincial expected to take place in both incorporating government for review. communities in late spring/early Consultations with user groups summer. evidence-based will continue during the next The Vancouver Island Health design and innovation month. Authority Board of Directors in all areas of health Leighton Contracting (2009) Ltd. received a presentation from of Courtenay was awarded the VIHA President and CEO care delivery.” contract for site preparation Howard Waldner on the status work at the new Comox Valley of the Project at its public Hospital site. General Meeting in Courtenay – Dr. Jeff Beselt, Caption describing picture or graphic. Members of the North Island on January 31st. Campbell River Hospitals Project Team held And that’s just scratching the surface! Chief of Medical meetings with staff from the City To learn more please visit the North of Courtenay and the City of Island Hospitals Project page at Staff Campbell River to coordinate Volume 1, Issue 1