Making the most of opportunities presented by large projects


How can the local construction industry adapt to take advantage of the opportunities presented by large projects such as the North Island Hospitals Project or BC Hydro’s John Hart Generating Station replacement?

That was the question of the day when the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) hosted “Own the Opportunity” at the Old House in Courtenay, a talk show-styled panel discussion about the various issues and opportunities associated with mega projects.

“I was very impressed by the participation of the VICA members, ...

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Building bridges: Medical communities working together for new hospitals


Clinicians, physicians and staff from both communities have been working to help design new hospitals in the Comox Valley and Campbell River, but you could say they’ve really been building bridges.

That’s among the benefits to come from the North Island Hospitals Project already, even though construction has yet to begin.
Take for example, Surgical Services Clinical Coordinators Gail Hilts and Sheri Drover, who helped to evaluate submissions from the proponents looking to design and build the new hospitals.

“Gail and I ...

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Project Update – January/February 2014


Check out our January/February edition for details about site preparation work reaching completion, extra time allocated for proponent submissions, and the next round of community information meetings.

Click here to read the January/February 2014 NIHP Newsletter

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Preferred proponent to be announced in Spring 2014

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 ...

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North Island Hospitals site preparation phase complete


The site preparation phase of the North Island Hospitals Project at the Campbell River Hospital is over with the completion of the final component in December.
After more than 51 years of providing Public Health and other services, the Community Care building at 110 Birch Street came down in just a few short hours on December 2nd. This was the final step making way for construction of the new $266 million, 95-bed Campbell River Hospital. The deconstruction project finished sooner ...

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Project Update – November 2013


Our latest newsletter has project updates about the Sunshine Wellness Centre Survivors Celebration, the new NIHP website, proponent submission evaluations and the latest community information meetings.

Click to read the November 2013 NIHP Newsletter

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NIHP community information meetings continue


The North Island Hospitals Project team brought its latest round of quarterly community information meetings to the Comox Valley and Campbell River in late October.

The meetings at the K’ómoks First Nation hall and the Wei Wai Kum Thunderbird Hall were well attended, as Chief Project Officer Tom Sparrow brought updates on the scope of the $600 million project which includes a $334 million, 153-bed hospital in Courtenay near the corner of Lerwick and Ryan roads, and a $266 million, 95-bed ...

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Sunshine Wellness Centre ‘Survivors’ celebration

You could say construction of a new ambulance access route at the Campbell River Hospital site was a piece of cake… but it wasn’t.
The cake came later, at the Sunshine Wellness Centre Survivors Luncheon.

The NIHP team extends its deepest thanks to the SWC staff, volunteers and physicians for their patience and cooperation during this noisy and disruptive time. Of all the site preparation activity at Campbell River Hospital, the most challenging by far was construction ...

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Evaluation teams scrutinize technical submissions from three project proponents


North Island Hospitals Project leaders are praising the work and commitment of evaluation teams as the detailed review of technical submissions from three proponents approaches its second month. Roughly 150 people have been involved in the evaluations at offices in Campbell River, Courtenay and Victoria, including technical and clinical experts and dozens of advisors from the Comox Valley and Campbell River health communities.

Those advisors come from all disciplines at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox and Campbell River General Hospital ...

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Project Update – October 2013


Our latest newsletter has project updates about public presentations and consultations move north as well as technical proposals from the three proponents.

Click to read the October Newsletter (.pdf)

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