EllisDon Infrastructure to redevelop Burnaby Hospital
EllisDon Infrastructure has been awarded the contract to undertake phase one of the Burnaby Hospital redevelopment in Canada's British Columbia.
The selection follows an extensive evaluation of shortlisted teams to design and build the new Keith and Betty Beedie Pavilion, expand the Support Facilities Building to include a new energy centre and renovate existing buildings on campus. Construction is expected to begin this summer. The Beedie Pavilion and expansion of the Support Facilities Building will be complete in 2025, with renovations complete in 2027.
“The redevelopment of the Burnaby Hospital will make a real difference for the people of Burnaby – providing better health for people now and protecting people and communities from health challenges, today and into the future,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “I’m excited to announce we’ve reached this major milestone in the redevelopment, and shovels will soon be in the ground to modernize the hospital in one of our province’s fastest-growing communities.”
Phase 1 of the redevelopment will see the construction of a six-storey, 83-bed pavilion with underground parking. All patient rooms, except for one, will be single-patient, which will provide greater comfort and privacy for patients and their families. The pavilion will include a maternity and labour unit, a neonatal intensive care unit and a medical inpatient unit with negative pressure rooms and outbreak zones to isolate infectious diseases.
The pavilion will also include a new inpatient mental health and substance use unit with a secured outdoor patio. Within this unit is a five-bed crisis stabilization unit that will provide short-term inpatient care, assessment and treatment for patients in crisis, at risk or in severe distress.
“It will be a game changer for people who need mental health care that we’re redeveloping the Burnaby Hospital with them front of mind,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “Together, we’re building a system where treatment for mental health is on par with any other health condition. I’m grateful to everyone involved in making this redevelopment a reality.”
Futhermore, Phase 1 will include an expansion of the emergency department, operating and procedure rooms and other support areas.
With funding from the Province and the Burnaby Hospital Foundation, Phase 1 of the redevelopment will cost approximately $612 million.
Construction on Phase 2 of the redevelopment, which includes building the second patient-care tower with 160 beds and a new cancer treatment centre, is expected to begin in 2025, once the business plan is approved. The redevelopment will be among the Province’s largest health-care investments at a cost of $1.4 billion. The provincial government announced the approval of the Burnaby Hospital Redevelopment Project on Sept. 3, 2019. The last major upgrade to the Burnaby Hospital was more than 40 years ago.
- Burnaby Hospital opened in 1952. It provides acute and emergency care, as well as critical care, general and internal medicine, surgery, neonatal intensive care, palliative care and an adult mental health and substance use in-patient unit.
- Burnaby is the province’s third-largest city. The number of patients requiring hospital care there is expected to increase almost 60% by 2036.
- All new hospitals in B.C. are planned to a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standard at minimum.
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British Columbia's construction industry continues to be the number one employer in B.C.’s goods sector, employing more than 219,500 people: that’s down three percent since 2017, but at eight percent of the total workforce, is more than any other goods-producing sector.
Over the course of this pandemic year the top issues of concern to construction contractors shifted, although availability of skilled workforce remains the number one challenge regardless of labour affiliation.
The chronic lack of prompt payment jumped from third to second place and worries about safety took the number three spot this year despite not being in the top five in past years. COVID-19 bumped out small business taxes from the number four spot, and public sector procurement practises remained at number five in the list of top concerns.
Women are showing increasing gains in this traditionally male industry, with 65 per cent of female respondents reporting an increase in income and 53 per cent reporting that they changed jobs for more pay over the past year.
Sonnedix starts construction of 50MW solar plant in Spain
Sonnedix has started building a 50MW solar PV plant in Badajoz, Spain.
Sonnedix Los Frailes will be built on a 111-hectares, becoming the largest project built by the IPP in the country, where it has operated since 2010. With over 110,000 monocrystaline solar panels, the project will connect through a transmission line to the Vaguadas substation.
During construction, Sonnedix will create approximately 250 new jobs in Badajoz, in line with its ESG standards and commitment to improving the life of the local community.
Once operational, Sonnedix Los Frailes, which is being developed in collaboration with Viridi RE group, will produce approximately 102,000 MWh per year, capable of powering more than 36,500 homes with clean electricity and avoiding over 24,000 tons of CO2.
Axel Thiemann, CEO of Sonnedix, said: “We are excited to start the construction of our largest project to date in Spain, a milestone that highlights both our strong commitment to the Spanish market, and our potential to expand our platform worldwide. We are very proud of our hard-working and committed team in Spain, which has doubled in the last year, and we look forward to continue developing and acquiring solar PV projects in the country, playing an important role in the energy transition, as well as the post-pandemic economic recovery.”
Last June 2020, Sonnedix signed a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Europe´s largest producer of renewable energy and leading PPA provider Statkraft for the supply of 100 GWh of energy per year, making it the IPP’s first PPA for a grid-parity project in Spain.
Sonnedix is one of the leading solar IPPs in Spain, with over 1GW of capacity, including 365MW operational, 50MW under construction, and a development pipeline of over 600MW. Currently it has almost 2GW under operation or construction across eight countries, plus more than 2GW in the pipeline.
According to SolarPower Europe, Spain is expected to have a total installed solar PV capacity of 29GW by 2024 in the medium scenario, making it the second largest solar market in Europe. Renewables produced 50.7% of Spain’s electricity in May, generating 10% more gigawatt-hours year-on-year.
The Spanish National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) targets 74% of renewable electricity generation and 39.2 GW of PV capacity by 2030.