Thursday, February 16, 2017 10:30 AM

The B.C. government’s commitment to redevelop the Riverview Lands is proceeding with an agreement for the construction of a new building to accommodate the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre for Youth and a Provincial Assessment Centre for people with developmental disabilities.

The Province has entered into a design-build agreement with PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. following a competitive selection process. PCL will design and replace the old Valleyview Pavilion with a new building that will provide multi-disciplinary mental health services for British Columbians.

The B.C. government is investing $75 million in this new building, which will accommodate the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre for Youth, which includes a complex care unit and a provincial outreach team. The building will also house Community Living BC’s Provincial Assessment Centre for people with developmental disabilities and concurrent mental health and or substance use disorders.

The new Valleyview building will be built adjacent to the Lougheed Highway at Holly Drive. Construction will begin this spring and the building is expected to be occupied in spring 2019.

The construction of the building is one of two projects planned at the site to create a health district, fulfilling government’s commitment to providing mental health care at Riverview. The second building will be a $101-million, 105-bed mental-health facility to replace the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions. The Provincial Health Services Authority currently has a competitive process underway to select a proponent to build it.

The design of both buildings will be consistent with the vision for renewing the Riverview Lands, developed by BC Housing after two years of public consultation. BC Housing is currently undertaking a Riverview Lands Master Planning process that embraces a sustainable, inclusive community that supports mental health and wellness.

The B.C. government is making record investments in modern, safe infrastructure projects throughout the province – and in doing so, these construction projects are creating high paying, family supporting jobs. These investments are possible because of our strong fiscal plan – and through each, we are building a strong B.C. – together.

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