Saskatchewan issues modified RFP for Prince Albert Victoria Hospital

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

A modified Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued for the expansion and redevelopment of the Prince Albert Victoria Hospital in Saskatchewan.

In a modified RFP, a single team who has demonstrated they meet the requirements set out in the earlier Request for Qualifications (RFQ), which was released Dec. 17, 2021, is shortlisted to move to the next stage of procurement.

The modified RFP will close in Spring 2023 and results will be announced following the evaluation of PCL’s bid.

PCL Construction Management Inc. (Saskatoon, SK) was shortlisted and the team includes Kirsten Reite Architecture (Vancouver, BC), Smith and Andersen Consulting Engineering (Burnaby, BC), and Delco Automation Inc. (Saskatoon, SK).

A modified RFP is a competitive process where the shortlisted proponent will develop and submit a design and a series of proposals, to demonstrate how it will meet the project’s technical and cost requirements.

The shortlisted proponent’s bid will be assessed against a “shadow” bid developed by an Independent Cost Consultant (ICC) to assess value and validate current market conditions. SSA Quantity Surveyors Ltd. will serve as the ICC for this procurement.

If the government accepts the bid, PCL will be awarded construction of the new tower and renovation of the existing facility. If PCL’s bid is unsuccessful, the Government of Saskatchewan will own the completed design and may tender the construction through another contractor.

The Prince Albert Victoria Hospital project involves constructing a new multi-level acute care tower, replacing the adult mental health space, and renovating the existing building.

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

The Government of Saskatchewan is providing 100 per cent of the capital funding, rather than requiring local communities to contribute 20 per cent.

Prince Albert is the major hub of essential health care services for the North Central portion of the province. Redevelopment of the hospital is a top priority for the provincial government.

“The Saskatchewan Health Authority is pleased to see this project move into the next phase of development,” Interim Vice President Infrastructure, Information and Support, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Michelle Mula said. “This project will offer expanded services for the residents of Prince Albert and northern Saskatchewan as well as increased patient care capacity in acute care and mental health services.”

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