CRANBROOK – Interior Health has completed the initial design phase for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital’s new intensive care unit and upgraded electrical system, and was pleased to share preliminary design drawings with the Kootenay East Regional Hospital District during a meeting today.
The new ICU will replace the current four-bed unit at the hospital and feature two additional high-acuity beds, which will help relieve pressure on the intensive care unit. Work now turns to a more detailed integrated design process for the ICU that will include a 787 square-metre addition on the south side of the existing hospital.
The estimated total project cost is $20 million. The Province is funding approximately $12 million and the Kootenay East Regional Hospital District is contributing $8 million.
The project also includes a significant electrical upgrade at the facility. The new electrical system will provide power to the entire hospital and optimize system performance. The electrical infrastructure will be located in the basement of the new addition.
Following the design process, Interior Health will issue a tender for a general contractor early in the New Year. Actual construction is expected to start in the spring of next year, with construction completion anticipated in mid-2016.
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