The BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North is part of the Northern Cancer Control Strategy. The PCL project team worked under a public-private partnership model to deliver this facility.
During excavation of the adjacent parkade, extensive soft soils were encountered and the construction schedule was threatened. To regain lost time and get the project back on schedule, PCL set up a second shift to work in the early evenings and on weekends, and resequenced activities.
Building a pedestrian bridge between the existing hospital and the new center was also important. To provide a two-story link with no change in grade, and to eliminate the need for pedestrians to navigate ramps, the project team opted to raise the elevation of the center. The added elevation provided space for an additional 80 parking stalls directly underneath, and a direct heated link now connects pedestrians from the new parkade through the P1 level of the center and into the existing hospital.
Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, this center incorporates wood and provides a healthy and healing environment for patients. PCL worked with a First Nations expert during the design and construction phases, and placed much emphasis on incorporating features that address the First Nations vernacular, such as a smudging pavilion, large waiting areas, and a medicinal healing garden. One of the key design features is a living roof—the first of its kind in Prince George.
PCL delivered the completed cancer center six months ahead of schedule, thereby granting the health authority extra time for commissioning.