AJAX, ONT. — It’s been nearly a year since the Government of Ontario announced the partnership between Lakeridge Health and Infrastructure Ontario to build a new long-term care home next to Ajax Pickering Hospital in Durham Region using an accelerated build process and construction is now well underway.
According to a community newsletter released by Lakeridge Health, construction is progressing at a rapid pace.
In June, construction partner PCL Construction finished the fourth floor and began installing wall beams and floor panels on the fifth floor. It is anticipated that the team will complete both the fifth and sixth floors in the coming weeks. The completion of the final sixth floor is an important milestone as it signals the completion of the structure of the home, indicates the newsletter.
Following the completion of the sixth floor, the construction crew will begin on other critical elements of the home such as the HVAC system and the installation of exterior siding and wall panels.
Work on the parking garage has also started.
The project is currently “on track” and “on time.” Once completed, the new 320-bed home will incorporate a modern design, as well as infection prevention and control best practices in order to ensure a safe and healthy space for seniors, the newsletter states.