August 4, 2016

The province is taking an important step to ensure plans for the QEII redevelopment are on the right track.
 
A request for proposals for master planning and programming for all QEII's clinical services was issued Thursday, Aug. 4.
 
This includes the selection of a multi-disciplinary team to work with government and Nova Scotia Health Authority to develop a facility and functional plan for the Halifax Infirmary expansion and renovation, the enhancement of the Nova Scotia Cancer Care Centre, and the development of new community and specialized outpatient centres.
 
"The importance of thorough planning cannot be overstated in the case of health-care infrastructure," said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. "This is a large and complex project, and we're bringing in experts to ensure we get it right."
 
The QEII redevelopment project will better connect Nova Scotians to the care they need. It involves the relocation of many health-care services and the eventual closure of the Centennial and Victoria buildings in Halifax.
 
The team selected for this stage will provide government and the health authority with recommendations on where best to renovate or construct new buildings, as well as advice on the location of health services and the space required. This work will help ensure long-term health-care needs are met with minimal disruption to patient care through the transition.
 
"The planning we do now will ensure health services are designed to meet the future needs of patients, their families and care teams, and delivered where and how they are needed most," said Janet Knox, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Health Authority."
 
The deadline for submissions is Aug. 26. Details of the request for proposals are available at
http://novascotia.ca/tenders/tenders/ns-tenders.aspx
 
It is expected to take up to a year to develop a plan and program. Once complete, the province will engage a design consultant team to develop architectural designs.