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Construction begins early on new Calgary Cancer Centre

By ReNew Canada 10:57AM November 03, 2017

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Construction is two months ahead of schedule on the $1.4-billion Calgary Cancer Centre, which will add 1,500 jobs to the Calgary economy over the next six years.

“Our government continues to make good on its promise to make life better for Albertans by investing in much-needed infrastructure projects like the new Calgary Cancer Centre. I’m proud to see this project begin construction, which will add jobs, boost the local economy and give hope to patients and families in Calgary and southern Alberta,” said Rachel Notley, premier of Alberta.

When it opens in 2023, the Calgary Cancer Centre will offer comprehensive care, cancer research and education in a single state-of-the-art facility.

“Due to the hard work of our team, I am very excited that we were able to start construction two months ahead of our original schedule,” said Sandra Jansen, Alberta’s minister of infrastructure. “This is one of the largest construction projects underway in Alberta and will be an economic generator in Calgary and throughout southern Alberta.”

Services at the new cancer centre will include:

  • outpatient cancer clinics;
  • more than 100 patient exam rooms;
  • 160 inpatient unit beds;
  • more than 100 chemotherapy chairs;
  • clinical and operational support services;
  • double the space for clinical trials;
  • research laboratories;
  • 15 radiation vaults;
  • double the capacity to treat patients with the best technology; and
  • New on-site underground parking.

PCL Construction Management Inc. was selected to design and build the Calgary Cancer Centre, which will be located on the Foothills Medical Centre site with an elevated walkway connecting the new facility with existing buildings.

Due to construction, the west lane and sidewalk on 29 Street will be closed, with pedestrian traffic diverted to the east side of the street. Excavation, shoring and piling activity will begin in November and run to spring 2018.

Construction of the project will run from 2017 to 2022, with operational commissioning for Alberta Health Services in 2022-2023. The new Calgary Cancer Centre is scheduled to open to the public in 2023.

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