The $600 million North Island Hospitals Project (NIHP) is on track for completion in late 2017, says NIHP Chief Project Officer Tom Sparrow.
The three proponents seeking to design, build, finance and maintain the new hospitals in the Comox Valley and Campbell River submitted their technical proposals for evaluation last October. Sparrow says the evaluators decided to give the proponents some extra time to enhance their submissions.
“We have given the proponents more time to enhance and improve their submissions, including the technical and the financial aspects,” Sparrow says. “We think there was an opportunity to improve on their designs so we’ve extended that opportunity to each of the three proponents.”
Sparrow says evaluators are looking for enhancements in the area of clinical adjacencies and blocking – how hospital departments are located in relation or proximity to each other.
“The scope of the work and the dollar value of the project have not changed,” he says. “The front end of the project schedule has been extended by a month and a half or so. This will not impact service commencement or project completion.”
A preferred proponent is expected to be announced in the spring. Financial close and ground breaking ceremonies are now anticipated at the Comox Valley and Campbell River sites this summer.
Sparrow says the project evaluation teams will make good use of the extra time.
“We have such a wonderful team,” he says. “Their excellent work and focus puts Island Health in a much better position for working closely with the proponents and eventually with ‘Project Co’, a term used to define the proponent that is awarded the project to design, build, and operate the facilities.”