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.
These construction maps are updated regularly to reflect the most up-to-date information. Check before each visit to VGH.
Download the interactive VGH construction map - hover your mouse over the construction cone symbols for information. Best viewed on desktop computers.
Download the print-friendly VGH construction map
Parking at VGH is limited. Fortunately, there are several parkades within walking distance.
Download & print the map for parking options near VGH.
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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
*Occasional weekend work may be required.
Contractors have begun 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.
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.
Upgrades to the roof and skylights above the main lobby and atrium of Jim Pattison Pavilion are underway. Completion of these upgrades is anticipated this fall. Access at the main entrance will be largely unaffected; however, construction hoarding and temporary closures will require pedestrian re-routing. Please follow directional signage.
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.
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