Province Announces Construction Company to Bid on Victoria Hospital Expansion

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“With a growing population in Prince Albert and northern Saskatchewan, and an increased need for health services, we are pleased to see this project moving forward,” said Health Minister Paul Merriman. “The increased capacity will allow more patients to stay closer to home while receiving the care they need.”

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Prince Albert Carlton MP Joe Hargrave said he was grateful to see this progress, given how much the expansion is needed.

“We have a growing population. With what I see coming to the economy of Prince Albert and the region over the next few years, we have a lot more people coming to our city and we need to take care of them.

Hargrave predicts it will take another two years or more before the project is complete, with the hope of starting in the spring of 2023.

The shortlisted bidder’s bid will be evaluated against a mock bid developed by an independent cost consultant to assess value and validate current market conditions. SSA Quantity Surveyors Ltd. will serve as a consultant for this contract.

“Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is excited to see this project move into the next phase of development,” said Michelle Mula, Acting Vice President of Infrastructure, Information and Support at SHA. “This project will provide expanded services to residents of Prince Albert and northern Saskatchewan as well as increased patient care capacity in acute care and mental health services.

If the government accepts PCL’s offer, the company will be awarded the construction of the new tower and the renovation of the existing facility. However, if the bid is not successful, the Government of Saskatchewan will own the completed design and may bid for construction through another contractor.

The Prince Albert Victoria Hospital project includes construction of a new multi-level acute care tower, replacement of adult mental health space and renovation of the existing building.

The provincial government provides 100% of capital funding instead of requiring local communities to contribute 20%. Instead, the community will focus on fundraising for the furniture and equipment needs of the hospital.

When completed, the hospital will have improved and expanded acute care, mental health and addictions services, which will benefit the growing population of Prince Albert and northern Saskatchewan.

Results will be announced after evaluation of PCL’s submissions.

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