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VGH Construction

Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) is under construction. We are expanding our surgical centre and upgrading a number of other areas in and around the hospital to help us serve you—our patients and families—better.

Watch the video below for tips on visiting VGH during construction.

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Know before you go

The interactive campus construction map below is updated regularly to reflect the most up-to-date information. Please check it before each visit to VGH. Click on the map and hover over the construction cones for detailed information.

Download the print-friendly VGH construction map

Download the interactive VGH construction map - hover your mouse over the construction cone symbols for information


Parking at VGH

Parking at VGH is limited. Fortunately, there are several parkades within walking distance. 

Download & print the map for parking options near VGH.


Construction notices

While we’re making every effort to minimize the impacts of construction, you may hear construction activity while in hospital or experience other inconveniences during your visit. We apologize and thank you for your understanding.

Below is a list of construction activities that may impact your visit to VGH.

The West 12th Avenue Parkade is undergoing an upgrade. It remains open during construction; however, up to 60 stalls will be out of service on a rotating basis until the end of November 2018.

Starting in July, construction will require the use jackhammers and other noisy machinery. This work will occur between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Occasional weekend work may also be necessary.

Download our parking map for a listing of alternative locations around VGH.

Periodic parking stall and sidewalk closures are now in effect Monday to Friday*, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., along the north east portion of Laurel Street near W. 10th Avenue (see construction map). These closures are necessary to support the expansion of the Phil and Jennie Gaglardi Surgical Centre

If you are driving or cycling to VGH: 

  • During the construction hours listed above, eight parking stalls on the east side of Laurel Street will be periodically unavailable. Please use one of the many other parking options in the area (see parking map).

  • Single-lane alternating traffic will be in effect on August 13 and 14; drivers may experience delays in the area and when accessing the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre Parkade.

If you are walking or cycling to VGH:  

  • During the construction hours listed above, a portion of the east sidewalk on Laurel Street will be periodically closed. Please use the west sidewalk.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

*Occasional weekend work may be required. 

On August 20, contractors will begin preparing for the demolition of the Health Centre building at VGH (see construction map). Due to demolition activity, the demolition zone surrounding the Health Centre will remain inaccessible until fall 2020. 

If you are driving to VGH:

  • Vehicle access to the VGH Courtyard from Heather Street will be unavailable due to building demolition. Please enter from West 12th Avenue (see construction map). 

  • Parking in the courtyard will be reduced by approximately 30 stalls. Download our parking map for a listing of alternative locations around VGH.

If you are walking or cycling to VGH:

  • Pedestrian access will be maintained between Heather Street and the VGH Courtyard. However, temporary closures may occur to ensure pedestrian safety. Please follow directional signage.

On August 20, contractors will begin upgrades to the roof and skylights in the main entrance of the Jim Pattison Pavilion. These upgrades are anticipated to be complete later this fall. Access to the main lobby will be largely unaffected. Scaffolding will be erected in the area directly outside of the main entrance. Please follow directional signage.

If you are driving to VGH:

  • Two taxi stalls will be temporarily unavailable directly in front of the Jim Pattison Pavilion main entrance.

If you are walking or cycling to VGH:

  • Pedestrian access will be maintained to the main lobby. However, temporary closures may occur to ensure pedestrian safety. 

Top tips for patients and visitors

Before you visit VGH, please take a look at our “Top Tips for Patients and Visitors” handout to help you find your way quickly and easily during construction.


Frequently asked questions

Click on the questions below for answers to our most frequently asked questions.

We're expanding our surgical centre, upgrading our parkades and undergoing important renovations so that we can continue to provide an excellent care environment for our patients. 

 

We're building a new state-of-the-art surgical suite with 16 additional operating rooms and a new pre- and post-operative unit. This expansion will enable us to reduce the wait times for surgery. The new surgical suite is scheduled to open in 2021. 

We are also upgrading our infrastructure around the hospital, including renewing many of our elevators in the Jim Pattison Pavilion, refreshing the Jim Pattison Pavilion main lobby, and improving our parkades to make parking and paying faster and easier. 

We apologize for the noise. Construction is underway in many places across the campus. Every effort is being made to minimize the noise, but unfortunately we can’t promise that you won’t hear it. Your understanding is appreciated. 

 

Hours of construction will primarily be Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Work may occasionally extend past that time or on weekends, but will be completed in compliance with City of Vancouver Noise Control bylaws.

 

Locating parking can be a challenge but there are several options nearby (see our downloadable map). Our recommendations are to:

  • Visit Vancouver Coastal Heath's website and search for the VGH parking map (updated regularly)

  • Follow Vancouver Coastal Heath on Twitter or Facebook for updates on parking availability

  • Give yourself extra time to locate parking most convenient to you

  • Travel by transit, if that is an option for you 


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