EDMONTON — The Government of Alberta has released an update on the Gene Zwozdesky Centre, which is on schedule despite COVID-19 challenges.
About 160 construction workers are currently onsite working extended hours, a government release stated, with the build expected to create 1,600 construction-related jobs before completion in early 2024.
“It is exciting to see the Gene Zwozdesky Centre take shape. Seniors and complex care residents in and around Edmonton are one step closer to increased access to the quality continuing care they need,” said Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro in a statement.
“This facility will be a fitting tribute to Gene Zwozdesky. I hope everyone involved in the project is proud of it, and that it will stand as a reminder of Gene’s tireless dedication to making this province better for everyone.”
Gene Zwozdesky was a teacher and politician who served in the Alberta Legislature from 1993 to 2015, and served as the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 2012 to 2015. He died in January 2019.
“I am constantly amazed and impressed by the expertise and commitment of our construction industry workers. Despite dealing with challenges such as the weather and the COVID-19 pandemic, they reflect the determination of Albertans to get the job done and they are an integral part in fuelling the restart of our economy,” Alberta Minister of Infrastructure Prasad Panda added.
By the end of the year the concrete structure is expected to be up and the building envelope will be sealed. Construction activity will then shift to installation of electrical and mechanical systems and the installation of ceilings, floors, furnishings and partitions.
Project progress includes the relocation of underground 72kV transmission lines, completion of excavation and buildout of the foundation and concrete structure.
The project includes construction of a new 40,000 square metre main facility, the renovation of Angus McGugan Pavilion and demolition of the North Pavilion building and CHOICE Day Centre.
The Government of Alberta is carefully monitoring worksites across the province to ensure COVID-19 protocols are observed, including maintaining separation between workers of at least six feet, avoiding in-person meetings when possible and ensuring personal hygiene practices and job sanitation measures continue to be implemented.