Phase 2: Interior Heart and Surgical Centre

The second phase of the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre Project is the construction of a new 13,935.46 square-metre (152,000 square-foot) building to house the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre. Construction began in the summer of 2012 with the start of demolition of the existing Pandosy Building. The IHSC opened for patient care on September 28, 2015. The 4th floor where a new perinatal (maternity) unit will be housed opens in early March 2016.

One of the most important aspects of the new project is that it is an integrated critical care surgical facility. The permanent Interior Heart and Surgical Centre will include a brand new, state of the art surgical unit with capacity for 15 operating rooms (plus one dedicated OR for scheduled Caesarean section deliveries and multiple births in the new perinatal unit). The surgical suite will be fully integrated with a complete cardiac revascularization program, including open heart surgery with specialty care beds and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs).

About the Project Team

The Interior Heart and Surgical Centre Project is a partnership between the BC Ministry of Health, Interior Health, the Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District and Plenary Health.

A Project Team with membership from Interior Health and Partnerships BC oversees all aspects of the project, including planning and scheduling, procurement, contract management, project development and financial planning.

A Joint Construction and Operating Period Committee with membership from Interior Health and Plenary Health oversees all aspects of the implementation phase of the project.

A Project Liaison Committee supports communications and information sharing on the project.


The Plenary Health consortium includes Plenary Group, PCL Constructors Canada Inc., and Johnson Controls LP.

Project Development and Finance

Plenary Group, as the 100% equity provider and long term asset manager, specializes in Canadian P3 infrastructure projects. Plenary Group’s business is based on successful partnerships, a focus on project delivery and active commitment over the long term. Plenary Group has offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Edmonton and is a leading developer and operator of P3 projects. Plenary Group features specialist design and construction, asset management and finance personnel. The Plenary Group team’s sole focus will be to deliver the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre building on time and on budget and to manage its successful operation and maintenance over the 30 year operating term.


PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc., a member of the PCL family of companies, Canada’s leading general contractor, is the design builder on the IHSC Project. PCL brings more than a century of health care construction experience to their role, most recently completing three major P3 health care projects in BC: the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre and the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North. As a client-focused organization, PCL’s key to success is collaboration. Together with industry leading design partners, CEI and HOK, and expert consultants MMM and RJC, they will deliver a quality, innovative facility on time and on budget.


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