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  • Local and regional workers and businesses employed on MMH site

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    A Terrace Redi-mix truck and employee on the MMH site.

    In less than a year, since the start of construction of the new Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace, more than 80 regional suppliers and contractors, with the majority being local, have secured worked on the site.

    A list of the regional contractors to date has been added to this MMH Let's Talk site under Documents and under the Links sections.

    Work contracts have been diverse, from trucking to equipment rental, air quality monitoring to food and building supplies, paving to flagging, steel work to geotechnical services, and more.

    Workers on site

    While the number of workers on site fluctuate regularly depending on what work is being completed, currently there are approximately 130 workers are on site.

    The percentage of local and regional workers also fluctuates. Currently, just over 40% of workers on site are from the region. In November 2021, it was more than 60%.

    The majority of the workers from the Terrace area are employed by PacAlta, a subsidiary company of PCL. Others are working for subcontractors on site.

    Just under 20% of workers on site are apprentices. And 5% of workers on site identify as Indigenous.

    As the project progresses, the number of out-of-town workers on site is expected to increase as more specialized skills, not always locally available locally, are needed.

    An Allnorth employee from Terrace stands next to his truck and a West Fraser truck on the MMH construction site.

    Work and contract opportunities

    Before construction began, PCL participated in networking sessions with local and regional First Nations and companies to explore the possibilities of working together. PCL and their subcontractors continue to, advertise employment opportunities on and in various platforms such as Linkedin, Kijiji, and regional newspapers.

    Businesses interested in working on the Mills Memorial Project site are encouraged to contact PCL with information about services they could offer.


    Individuals interested in work can submit resumes online at:

  • Interested in work and/or contract opportunities?

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    Many residents and businesses have been asking about employment and contract opportunities related to the Mills Memorial Hospital project. PCL Westcoast Constructors Inc (PCL) is responsible for all employment and contracting related to the construction of the new hospital.


    Anyone interested in working on the project can submit a resume to PCL through

    PCL, through their subcontractors has, and will continue to, advertise employment opportunities on and in various platforms such as Linkedin, Kijiji, and regional newspapers.

    The project is dedicated to employing as many locals as possible and has already hired a number of local equipment operators, tradesmen and labourers. They have also been reaching out to local and regional First Nations, to meet with employment and training departments, as well as the trades department at the college.


    Since before construction began, PCL has been reaching out to local and regional companies to explore the possibility of working together.

    Throughout the project, PCL will share contract opportunities as they come up - for example, by advertising in the regional newspaper, or contacting potential local and regional suppliers directly.

    Businesses interested in working on the Mills Memorial Project site are encouraged to contact PCL with information about services they could offer. Email PCL at

    Still not sure what to do?

    Email and we’ll put you in the right direction.

  • It's official! We are building a new hospital!

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    After years of planning and anticipation, construction of the new Mills Memorial Hospital replacement project and the new Seven Sisters facility is underway. Today, we celebrated virtually - on Zoom - the start of construction with the Ministry of Health.

    Some staff gathered in the cafeteria at the current Mills Memorial Hospital to celebrate the long-awaited news and watch the Zoom celebration together. We ordered special cupcakes and delivered them to all Northern Health staff in Terrace.

    The new Mills Memorial Hospital will be a significant investment in the community and region. At $622.6 million, it represents the largest capital investment in Northern Health’s history.

    Read: BC Gov News Release | Construction starts on new Mills Memorial Hospital

    Watch: Construction start celebration video with Minister of Health

  • Final stages of procurement

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    Working towards a Design Build Agreement

    The MMH Replacement project is in the last stage of the procurement process. The procurement process started in May 2019 when the BC Government announced the approval of the business plan for Mills Memorial Hospital Replacement project. Since then, we've worked through the following phases of the procurement process.

    1. Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
      • Resulted in only one qualified bidder

    2. Modified Request for Proposals (RFP)
      • Design and financial negotiations happen in parallel
      • Significant oversight from the Province and the Project Board, which consists of senior executives from the Ministry of Health, health authority representatives and other stakeholders.

    3. Project Board Final Approval

    4. Financial Close => Design Build Agreement (We are here!)

    The final proponent will be formally announced and construction will begin when the Request for Proposals process is closed and fulfilled, and a final Design Build Agreement (DBA) is signed.

    Capital Projects Take Time

    A major capital project is a large undertaking that takes a series of planning steps to ensure the facility is:

    • designed appropriately;
    • tendered and constructed for the best value;
    • scheduled properly to ensure the continuity of health care at the existing hospital is maintained during the construction period.

    Hospitals are highly complex facilities with many interconnected systems, services and equipment. It’s in our best interest to work through the project thoroughly to ensure that we get the facility we need, in accordance with the financial scope the government has set.

  • Procurement process continues

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    Request for Proposal Process Continues

    The Mills Memorial Hospital (MMH) project team continues to work through the modified Request for Proposal (RFP) process with a qualified bidder (the proponent). While a design build agreement is not yet in place, we continue to collaborate to move the project forward and in anticipation of a successful outcome.

    New Project Office

    A new MMH Replacement project office has been established on the second floor of the current hospital, and the project team has expanded to 11 members. Some of the team members work full-time on the project, while others also have other responsibilities.

    User Group Meetings

    Over the last year, several rounds of meetings have taken place between the proponent, MMH project team members, and facility user groups. The most recent meetings took place during the last two weeks of November 2020 and another round will take place in February 2021. These meetings are essential for the bidder to be able to draft a basic design and move through the RFP process that leads to a final agreement.

    These meetings are focused on clinical design. In the meetings, physicians and staff advise on essential and standard operational and clinical design elements, and raise concerns and offer suggestions based on best practices.

    It’s important to note that nothing at this stage of design is complete. Significant input still is and will be required for the final facility design.

    Communications & Engagement

    In September 2020, Northern Health’s Indigenous Health department contracted an Indigenous Engagement consultant to advise to help guide Indigenous engagement related to the Mills Memorial Hospital and future Northern Health capital projects. The MMH project team is working closely with Indigenous Health and the consultant to ensure proper and respectful engagement.

    In anticipation of a final agreement, the Project Team is busy planning and updating our communications and engagement plan. As a result of Covid-19 and restrictions on gatherings, we must be especially creative in our techniques, and take many activities online.

    After a proponent is announced, the Project Team will initiate public engagement. This includes sharing more detailed information, as well as seeking commentary and feedback from Indigenous partners, stakeholders and the community at large.

    Stay Tuned!

    We are pleased with the progress of the MMH project and RFP process to date. However, to maintain competitiveness in the process, we cannot provide further details until a successful proponent is announced.

  • Mills project continues through final stages of RFP

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    July 2020

    The procurement phase of the Mills Memorial Hospital (MMH) replacement project continues to be on-schedule.

    Project Management is continuing to work through the modified Request for Proposals (RFP) process with a qualified bidder, and the final proponent will be formally announced when the RFP process is closed and fulfilled. In this portion of the process, the bidder has been meeting with facility user groups to ensure a draft design that can meet clinical needs, based in large part on best practices and input from the physicians, nurses, clinicians and many allied workers that use the facility to fulfill health care needs every day. If the design that results from this phase is approved, it will not be a complete and final work – input will still be required for many aspects of the final facility design to met and respect the cultural and healthcare needs of the public, specifically respecting local communities.

    After a proponent is announced, the Project management Office will initiate public engagement work, including more detailed information-sharing along with advisory sought for the next stages in design planning.

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  • Changes to procurement plan

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    November 2019

    We are working through some changes in the initial procurement plan because there were no acceptable bids for the Seven Sisters RFP (Request for Proposals). The bids received were higher than anticipated in the project budget and projected schedules longer than allowed for construction.

    The Seven Sisters replacement project has been added to the Request for Qualifications/RFP processes for the overall MMH redevelopment project, but we are still maintaining the project timelines. Adding the Seven Sisters project into the overall MMH redevelopment improves the likelihood that timeline and budgetary expectations are met by allowing one contractor to plan, schedule and construct both Seven Sisters and the new MMH.

    The Project Office for the MMH replacement will be located in Terrace (address TBD) and recruitment continues for dedicated roles. Additional roles are being added to Northern Health Careers over the next few weeks.

  • New Mills Request for Proposals is on BC Bid

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    July 2019

    On July 16, 2019 the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process was initiated and made live on BC Bid for the build of the new Mills Memorial Hospital. This RFQ will run through to the end of summer with the Request for Proposals (RFP) projected to open with those shortlisted later in the Fall of 2019.

  • Seven Sisters Request for Proposal submitted to shortlist

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    July 2019

    On July 9, the Request for Proposals (RFP) for building the replacement Seven Sisters facility was submitted to the three proponents shortlisted in the Request for Qualifications (RFQ), it is expected to close on July 30. This RFP process was open only to the top three companies that were shortlisted through the initial RFQ process earlier in 2019. They are Ledcor, Vector Projects and Progressive Ventures.

    A request for Qualifications (RFQ) is a process that allows organizations to consider proposals based on the experience and qualifications of firms interested in submission (a straight tender considers only price). A scoring matrix is included in this process, so that bidders understand what the organization is looking for. This assists in eliminating potential issues, including the avoidance of unqualified bidders submitting the lowest bid. An RFQ also encourages bidders who might otherwise not submit if the field of competition appears too large and the chances of bid success are presumed low. Putting together an accurate yet competitive tender price is a lot of work. If there is a higher likelihood that an unqualified bidder could put in a low bid then this discourages qualified and appropriate bidders from submitting.

    Bidders passing the RFQ (usually up to 3) are then able to respond to the next step of the procurement (a Tender or Request for Proposals, RFP) which then results in a Construction Contract (this type of contract requires that the contractor agree to be responsible for job execution at a set price).

    Replacement of Seven Sisters will take place first as the existing Seven Sisters facility needs to be moved to make way for the new MMH. The new Seven Sisters will be located on the south-west corner of the existing MMH site and will be procured using a Design-Bid-Build procurement model.

    Photo Current Seven Sisters facility.

  • Mills Memorial Replacement project approved

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    May 2019

    On May 21, 2019 the Business Plan for the Mills memorial Hospital replacement project was approved by the Treasury Board and announced by the Ministry of Health. The Northern Health Capital Projects team is now moving quickly to move the project forward and start the exciting work of procurement, and ultimately construction.

    These next steps are integral to the process of replacing the hospital. The Procurement phase will be led by a project director, leading a planning team who reports to the Project Board (members from Ministry of Health, Northern Health and other stakeholders). The project Board is accountable to the Ministry of Health to ensure the project is implemented following the government-approved business plan and government capital asset management policies.

    The project procurement process involves a series of consecutive pieces of work to identify the contractor to build the facility – this series includes a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), followed by a Request for Proposals (RFP), followed by the identification of Preferred Proponent, Final Approval & Financial Close.

    The procurement phase can last up to 18 months; however, once completed, construction typically begins quickly.

    Replacing Mills memorial Hospital will be staged, to ensure that the transition is ultimately focused on ease for patients and staff at every point of care. The first stage will involve the replacement of the Seven Sisters facility, which will be rebuilt in the area beside the current psychiatric services area. This work will commence in early Fall, 2019 after the RFP has been completed.

    Photo Minister of Health, Honourable Adrian Dix, announces to a happy crowd that a new hospital will be built in Terrace.