TORONTO — Dignitaries were on-hand at the site of the West Park Healthcare Centre in Toronto recently for the signing of the final beam, marking a major construction milestone and signifying the completion of the building structure.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Minister of Infrastructure Kinga Surma were among those who signed the 30-foot beam for the new, $1.2-billion, pandemic-ready hospital.
The beam will be lifted to the roof of the new six-storey, approximately 730,000-square-foot building overlooking the Humber River valley, which is scheduled to open in 2023.
The new facility features a dedicated wing designed for airborne containment and smaller containment zones called Airborne Isolation Rooms, placed throughout the hospital, indicates a release, adding the centre will also feature a state-of-the-art HVAC system “ensuring only 100 per cent fresh air is pumped in from the outdoors, eliminating the need for recirculated air and removing the potential transmission of airborne pathogens.”
“West Park’s century-long legacy of caring for people with tuberculosis (TB) made pandemic planning a priority from the start,” said Anne-Marie Malek, West Park’s president and CEO, in a statement. “This milestone brings us closer to opening a cutting-edge facility that will be at the forefront in responding to future pandemics and continuing in our role in providing care to those suffering from respiratory illnesses.”