Contract awarded, construction of new Sun Peaks Health Centre a go

SUN PEAKS — The resort municipality has agreed to a firm price construction contract for the new Sun Peaks Health Centre, Mayor Al Raine announced Thursday (Nov. 24, 2016).

He said in a news release A&T Project Developments Inc. of Kamloops is the contractor for the new health centre, which will accommodate doctor’s examination rooms and offices, triage area and ski patrol services.

Mayor Al Raine.

Mayor Al Raine.

Raine said the municipality is pleased to have the project finalized. The building is now eight percent larger than the original plan and contains significant upgrades not originally anticipated, such as a geothermal heating/cooling system.

“We thank the TNRD and Director Mel Rothenburger for their financial support for this technology that will lower the health centre’s operating costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.

Mayor Raine also thanked the Sun Peaks Health Association for their many years of fundraising and their commitment of $500,000. Without the health association and Sun Peaks community support, the project would not have been possible at this time, he said.

Construction of the foundation work has already been completed ahead of the winter season and it’s anticipated the building will be ready for occupancy mid-summer or early fall next year.

“This facility will be able to provide greater access to medical services for the Sun Peaks community as well as residents of Rayleigh, Heffley Creek, Whitecroft and the Louis Creek valley who do not presently have access to a family doctor.”

With the larger building and geothermal upgrades, the total project construction costs are $2,042,675. The project will be funded by a $837,675 contribution from Sun Peaks Resort LLP and $588,000 from the municipality and $500,000 from the Sun Peaks Health Association and a $117,000 federal gas tax grant from TNRD Electoral Area P.

Darcy Alexander, general manager and vice president of Sun Peaks LLP, said it’s great to see the health centre facility move forward.

“We are pleased to join the municipality in achieving a building that will better service the residents and guests. With the growing number of new families moving to Sun Peaks, health services are an important commitment to the families, employees and those retired at Sun Peaks.”

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