The original scope for the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre, located on the Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) campus, was a 3-floor facility. Eight months prior to service commencement, the Interior Health Authority received additional funding and work began on adding an additional floor to the building—the construction of which would continue beyond the service commencement and the “go live” date for the base building.
As soon as the announcement for the fourth-floor expansion was made, PCL began working with the Authority on a design plan. The goal was to merge the new floor with the existing structure as cost-effectively as possible, with minimal disruption and without compromising the timeline of the original contract. This meant that all work continued uninterrupted on the first three floors. A comprehensive schedule and associated rigorous processes were put in place to ensure the team met the five major milestones of commissioning, occupancy, substantial performance, user training, and LEED.
The final structure is a 14,763-square-meter, 4-floor structure, and is home to 15 operating rooms with all associated medical and staff support facilities.
The facility’s first three floors opened to the public as planned in September 2015. The fourth floor was completed and operational in January 2016.