The final structural concrete is now placed at the Teck Acute Care Centre (TACC), a medical care facility which will bring unprecedented, specialized care for newborns, children, youth, and complex obstetrical cases in British Columbia. To commemorate the ‘topping-off’ milestone, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Terry Lake unveiled a banner signed by patients from across the province to be displayed at the facility.
Crews poured 32,600 metres3 of concrete and installed 4,600 tonnes of rebar to complete the eight-story structure which will accommodate 231 private patient rooms. It will also include an emergency department, medical/surgical inpatient units, medical imaging, procedural suites, a hematology/oncology department, a pediatric intensive care unit, a high-risk labour and delivery suite, and a new neonatal intensive care unit.
Construction of the TACC is part of Phase II of the BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Redevelopment Project – an initiative of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). This facility will help the PHSA reach their goals of ensuring sufficient capacity to support the needs of a growing population while providing 21st-century healthcare practices.
With the structure complete and a crew of over 680 on site, work has now shifted towards the exterior walls and windows, as well as the interior spaces which will include a family zone to allow parents to stay close to their children during treatment. The building was designed to maximize natural light and green space and is targeting to meet or exceed Canadian Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards.
The project is being led and constructed by the Affinity Partnerships consortium and the CHW Design Build GP, a partnership with Ledcor and Balfour Beatty Construction. The public-private partnership (P3) agreement with the Province of British Columbia and the Provincial Health Services Authority was finalized in April 2014. CHW Design-Build GP’s scope includes the design and construction of the hospital.
Read Ballew, division president, Balfour Beatty Construction stated, “This milestone underlines the phenomenal progress that has been made in the construction of the new Teck Acute Care Centre. Our team has a great deal to be proud of as we work together to build a world-class healing environment for Vancouver.”
“This is more than a construction project for us,” commented Peter Hrdlitschka, President of Ledcor Construction Limited. “Applying our services to build a facility that will help improve the lives of children and women in British Columbia is a special honour.”
Rick Taylor, president of Infrastructure Investments for Balfour Beatty Investments, said, “Affinity Partnerships is proud to be part of the 33-year partnership with the stakeholders of BC Children’s and BC Women’s Redevelopment Project Phase 2, and in achieving this significant milestone. ‘Topping off’ truly demonstrates the commitment and dedication of the many teams within the partnership who are working diligently to deliver this important facility.”
The TACC is scheduled to be opened in late 2017.