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Progress made on Calgary Cancer Centre despite challenging conditions

DCN-JOC News Services
Progress made on Calgary Cancer Centre despite challenging conditions
PROVINCE OF ALBERTA — Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda stands in front of the Calgary Cancer Centre jobsite.

CALGARY, ALTA. — Construction on a new cancer centre in Alberta is seeing significant progress despite challenge conditions.

The province announced approximately 900 construction and trade workers are working 24-7 to keep the Calgary Cancer Centre project on schedule despite the pandemic and supply chain issues.

Officials stated work on the two-million-square-foot project is on track, with handover to Alberta Health Services expected in the fall of 2022 for building commissioning.

When open in late 2023, the $1.4-billion Calgary Cancer Centre will be one of the largest and most modern health facilities of its kind in the world.

“The progress on the Calgary Cancer Centre is great news for Albertans,” said Premier Jason Kenney in a statement. “This huge project is part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, creating jobs now while building Alberta’s future. This centre will save lives by giving Albertans world-class cancer care.”

Prasad Panda, minister of infrastructure, stated as of October it’s estimated this project has generated over seven million hours of work. The building envelope is nearly complete and the exterior hard landscaping has started. The interior fit out is well underway. This includes the installation of flooring, walls, ceilings, millwork and some minor medical equipment. The major mechanical and electrical systems, such as heating, HVAC and power have been installed and are in the process of being fully operational. The facility’s radiation therapy vaults have also been completed. 

As crews work towards the completion of construction, ongoing quality control and inspections will be carried out. Crews also need to install major pieces of medical equipment such as linear accelerators and MRIs.

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