Fraser Health provides a wide range of integrated health care services to approximately 1.5 million people living in communities stretching from Burnaby to White Rock to Hope. It manages a budget of $1.8 billion, with 22,500 employees, 4,000 volunteers and 2,200 physicians providing services. Until 2004, ordering, storing and distributing medical supplies such as pharmaceuticals, liquid prescriptions, and dry goods was scattered throughout the region.
To improve these internal processes (and reduce operating costs) the decision was made to consolidate the myriad functions in a single, strategically located building – the Fraser Health Shared Services Facility.
The timeline for delivering the new facility was tight. So, we started work on the preliminary site and building design (at our sole cost and risk) three months before winning the related Request for Proposal. We also initiated the permit approvals process with the Township of Langley early on, synchronizing building permit approvals and construction schedules with Lease Agreement delivery dates.
On November 15, 2005, Wesgroup delivered the project’s first 83,000 square feet, including the Warehouse Distribution area and Clean Room. Ten weeks later, the site balance (30,024 square feet) was completed, including the facility’s administration offices, amenities, and internal expansion area.
Today, the Fraser Health Support Services Facility is generating exceptional return on investment, through centralized staff, improved inventory management, and savings related to bulk buying efficiencies.