Two companies have been identified to complete the two top floors in Vernon Jubilee Hospital's Polson tower.

Two companies have been identified to complete the two top floors in Vernon Jubilee Hospital's Polson tower.

Tower project moves to next stage at Vernon Jubilee Hospital

Graham Design-Builders and Stuart Olson Dominion Construction proceed to request for proposals

Another step has been taken wards more acute care beds at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

The Interior Health Authority has shortlisted Graham Design-Builders and Stuart Olson Dominion Construction for the next stage of the selection process for the completion of the sixth and seventh floors in the Polson tower.

“Every milestone in this project is important. Our community is pleased to see this process moving along, as we look forward to expanded care for patients and their families,” said Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster.

Six teams responded to the project’s request for qualifications.

With Graham and Stuart Olson identified, the next step is the release of the request for proposals.

A preferred proponent will be selected following an evaluation of responses to the RFP. IHA expects to select a preferred proponent and have construction start by the end of 2013. It is anticipated the two floors will open in the summer of 2015.

The two floors will contain 60 beds, with 14 being new and 46 relocating from elsewhere in the hospital. The majority of the 60 beds on floors six and seven will be in private rooms complete with their own washrooms.

The project cost of $29.6 million is being shared between the provincial government, the North Okanagan-Columbia-Shuswap Regional Hospital District and the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.