As part of a two phase project for the Penticton Regional Hospital, Phase 1 – the David E. Kampe Tower – officially opened its doors this week to serve patients from across the South Okanagan region. At over 26,000 square meters and with six occupied levels, the tower boasts 84 private single-patient rooms, satellite medical imaging, surgical services, a new ambulatory care center, a new medical device reprocessing unit and space for the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine.
The tower, which is built to post-disaster requirements and constructed with future flexibility in mind, is constructed primarily of reinforced concrete with flat plate slabs and an open concept 9mx9m column grid. Stairwells have been located at the perimeter of the tower to maximize daylighting and increase interior space planning flexibility. The tower is accompanied by a six-storey 480 stall reinforced concrete parking structure which features a steel and mass timber canopy at the main entrance.
Phase 2 of the project is expected to be completed by 2021 and involves the renovation of vacated areas in the existing hospital to allow for an expanded emergency department. Renovations will also be carried out to the pharmacy, stores and support areas. As part of Interior Health’s commitment to environmental sustainability and green buildings, the new patient care tower will be designed and constructed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification, helping to create a healthy and healing patient environment and workplace.