Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan construction 50% completed
March 9, 2017 - Construction of the Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan has reached the halfway mark with the project hitting 50% construction completion this month.
The milestone came on the heels of a visual change in Saskatoon’s skyline. The smaller of the two construction cranes, at a height of 56 meters or nearly 184 feet, was used to move construction materials around the site. Installed in November 2015, this crane was scheduled to be removed once a majority of the building’s shell was completed. The larger tower crane, with a height of 80 meters or about 263 feet, will remain on site through to the end of construction.
Construction through December and the first part of 2017 included the creation of the rooftop enclosure and the installation of approximately 20 mechanical air handling units. Crews brought these components to the site using 62 flat-bed trailers then craned these units into place within the new rooftop enclosure. With the small crane now removed, wWork can now begin to install the elements to support the rooftop heliport on top of the mechanical equipment enclosure. This will support planned emergency helicopter service, allowing a direct connection to the new emergency departments on the ground floor.
Work also began on the installation of the steel for the bridge connection from the new hospital to Royal University Hospital (RUH). This connector will be primarily available to healthcare teams to assist in moving supplies back and forth, along with bringing patients to major diagnostic services within RUH such as MRI and PET CT.
Over the next few months, construction work will continue on exterior walls, framing and window installation occurring to make all areas of the building exterior watertight. Inside, on-going interior steel stud work will continue, along with mechanical and electrical system rough-ins. Construction of the west edge of the structure will also be underway as the hospital begins to extend above roadways leading into the parkade. This overhang area will accommodate a portion of the pediatric and maternal floors of the hospital.
Construction completion remains on schedule and the $285.2 million project remains on budget. The hospital is currently scheduled to open in late 2019.
"Our government is thrilled to see the progress on this important project," Health Minister Jim Reiter said. "We recognize our partners, the Saskatoon Health Region and the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, for the hard work and dedication they put in to reach this exciting construction milestone. Once completed, the Children's Hospital will greatly contribute to quality patient care and meet the unique needs of mothers, babies, children and teens in our province."
Read the news release here.