Royal Columbian’s redevelopment is one of the largest government funded capital health care projects in B.C.’s history.
The estimated $1.49 billion, three-phase redevelopment project is funded by the provincial government, Fraser Health and the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.
Government approval was given for phase one in May 2015. Construction started in 2016 and the new Mental Health and Substance Use Centre opened in Summer 2020. Phases two and three received government approval in April 2017. Phase two construction started in 2021 and will be complete in 2025. Phase three is projected to start in 2023 and be complete in 2026.
Phase one: New mental health facility and infrastructure (2016-2020)
Phase one delivered a new mental health facility and prepared the infrastructure for the expansion in bed capacity in phase two.
- 75-bed Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre with Fraser Health’s first older adult psychiatric unit, a psychiatric high acuity unit and new and expanded outpatient clinics
- New energy centre to replace the aging power plant and support the hospital’s growth
- Advanced fibre optic network to support a wireless, technology-enabled and growing hospital
- 450+ underground parkade
Phase two: New tower, emergency (2020-2025)
Phase two will create a new acute care tower and expand the hospital’s bed capacity.
- More beds for intensive care, cardiac intensive care, obstetrical, and medical/ surgical patients
- New, larger Emergency Department with 75 treatment bays and a satellite medical imaging unit
- More operating rooms and interventional radiology and cardiac suites on a surgical and interventional ‘superfloor’
- Larger maternity unit joined to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Advanced technologies and equipment
- 350+ underground parkade, new main entrance, and rooftop heliport
- Site enhancements and infrastructure upgrades
Phase three: Expansion within existing buildings (2023-2026)
Phase three will upgrade and expand areas in the existing Health Care Centre and Columbia Tower to support the beds and services added in phase two. It will include expanded clinical support spaces such as pharmacy, laboratory, medical imaging and food services. By the end of this final phase the hospital will have added approximately 50 per cent more beds.
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