Dawson Creek and District Hospital Redevelopment

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Project Overview

The Dawson Creek and District Hospital (DCDH) redevelopment will serve to expand and improve on spaces and services within the facility. This will prepare DCDH for current and future needs of the region.


Project Story

The DCDH redevelopment project was approved on July 4th, 2018. Northern Health’s Capital Projects team is now working with the Province of BC to complete the business plan for the project, at which time more details will be released. Once the business plan is complete, the work of procurement and construction will begin.

The business plan is when the operational details of the redevelopment are analyzed. Space requirements, staffing, design, IT needs, and more are examined in detail to ensure the project is a success. This phase can last for up to 18 months.

The vision of the DCDH redevelopment project is to create a model of excellence in health care that will incorporate modern best practices and standards for the a hospital as well as meeting the future needs of the region.

The new hospital will improve the healing environment and will provide culturally safe care for residents of the northeast through the creation of proven design features.

The redevelopment will create an environment that improves staff, physician and volunteer engagement, security and morale to improve recruitment and retention as well as minimizing workplace stress and injuries.

Project Overview

The Dawson Creek and District Hospital (DCDH) redevelopment will serve to expand and improve on spaces and services within the facility. This will prepare DCDH for current and future needs of the region.


Project Story

The DCDH redevelopment project was approved on July 4th, 2018. Northern Health’s Capital Projects team is now working with the Province of BC to complete the business plan for the project, at which time more details will be released. Once the business plan is complete, the work of procurement and construction will begin.

The business plan is when the operational details of the redevelopment are analyzed. Space requirements, staffing, design, IT needs, and more are examined in detail to ensure the project is a success. This phase can last for up to 18 months.

The vision of the DCDH redevelopment project is to create a model of excellence in health care that will incorporate modern best practices and standards for the a hospital as well as meeting the future needs of the region.

The new hospital will improve the healing environment and will provide culturally safe care for residents of the northeast through the creation of proven design features.

The redevelopment will create an environment that improves staff, physician and volunteer engagement, security and morale to improve recruitment and retention as well as minimizing workplace stress and injuries.

  • Next step taken for new Dawson Creek hospital

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    People in Dawson Creek and area are one step closer to a new hospital now that a preferred proponent has been selected for the design phase.

    “The selection of the team that will design the new hospital means another important milestone has been reached for people in the region,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “The new and bigger facility will deliver public health-care services to people in the South Peace for decades to come.”

    The three proponents shortlisted for the Design Early Works Agreement (DEWA) were:

    • Clark Builders-Turner-HDR Architecture;
    • SBW-Kinetic-Wright Construction with KRA and Gibbs Gage Architects; and
    • Graham Design Builders and Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.

    As a result of the evaluation process, in co-ordination with Northern Health and Infrastructure BC, Clark Builders-Turner-HDR Architecture was selected.

    A request for proposals for the DEWA was issued to the teams on March 16, 2021. A DEWA is a contractual agreement between the design-builder and Northern Health, which starts the design phase for the new hospital.

    The next step is the Design-Build Agreement request for proposals. This involves Clark Builders-Turner-HDR Architecture submitting design and cost proposals to Northern Health for the new hospital.

    Execution of the Design-Build Agreement is anticipated to take place in 2022 and construction to begin shortly after. The hospital is expected to be ready for patients in 2026.

    The new building will be approximately 19,400 square metres (209,000 square feet) and have 70 beds, which is an increase of 24. The emergency department will also increase in size, with treatment spaces increasing from 10 to 15.

    As well, the new facility will continue to provide a range of surgical services as well as chemotherapy, ambulatory care, radiology, clinical support and pharmacy services.

    There will also be space for a laboratory and diagnostic imaging, and a perinatal unit including labour, delivery, recovery and post-partum rooms and a nursery to support new parents and families. Mental health service delivery will be brought up to modern standards with a new inpatient suite and an increase of beds from 15 to 18.

    The new hospital will be located on the territory of Treaty 8 First Nations. Local First Nations will be consulted throughout the project to ensure culturally appropriate spaces are available, which will also include a non-denominational spiritual room for use by people of all cultures and faiths.

    The project budget is $377.86 million and will be shared by the provincial government, through Northern Health, and the Peace River Regional Hospital District, which will contribute $150.2 million. The existing hospital will remain operational during the construction of the new hospital.

    For more information, see the full Ministry of Health release.

  • Project Management Office up and running for DCDH

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    Did you know that the new project management office for DCDH used to be a cafeteria? You’d never know by looking at it!

    This office within the Dawson Creek and District Hospital has been set up as a place for our project team to work on everything to do with the redevelopment for DCDH. The door to the project management office is always open for the staff of DCDH to grab a coffee and have a chat with the project team about what’s going on and provide any feedback they may have.

    Check out the full renovation process here.

    Project team:

    • Marion Ruth Sampath, Project Director, Capital Planning DCDH Replacement
    • Dean Gagnon, Design and Construction Lead
    • Ramona Daly, Project Coordinator
    • Jennifer Dunn, Clinical Lead
    • Richard Belgrave, IMIT Lead

    Special thanks for all their hard work in getting the space ready to:

    • The PMO Team
    • Stephen McInnis, Maintenance Supervisor
    • Mark McCorkell, Maintenance Worker
    • Darcy Walker, Maintenance Worker
    • Leo Gauley, Maintenance Worker, Plant Services
    • Doyle Grayston, Maintenance Worker, Plant Building
    • Brad Turner, Service Support Analyst
    • Albert Sommerfeld, Director, Capital Development & Projects
    • Leah Joseph, Coordinator, Capital Projects, Capital Planning
  • Next step taken for new Dawson Creek hospital

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    from the Ministry of Health

    People in Dawson Creek and the surrounding region are one step closer to a modern hospital, as three candidates have been shortlisted for the request for proposal (RFP).

    “People in Dawson Creek are closer to having a preferred proponent to design and build the new Dawson Creek and district hospital,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “This announcement means people and families are closer to seeing what the hospital will look like, to construction starting and to the new hospital opening for patients.”

    Northern Health requested and received proposals from four vendors, of which three were shortlisted. The proponents for this stage of the procurement process, the design-early works agreement (DEWA), are:

    Clark Builders-Turner-HDR Architecture;

    SBW-Kinetic-Wright Construction with KRA and Gibbs Gage Architects; and

    Graham Design Builders and Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.

    An RFP for the DEWA was issued to the shortlisted teams on March 16, 2021. At the end of the RFP process, one proponent will be selected. That proponent is expected to be announced this fall.

    For more information, see the full news release.


  • August 2019

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    Northern Health is currently in the business case planning for DCDH. Part of that planning requires some pre- engineering and testing work, a portion of which will take place on the NW corner of the Northern Lights College (NLC) property. NLC is supportive of this work and the disruption on that site will be minimal.

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