New health care facility creates excitement in Edmonton

Rendering of the Health Services Centre at CFB Edmonton. The new facility will provide accommodation for the multiple health care units at the base. Construction is scheduled for completion in July 2019.
Rendering of the Health Services Centre at CFB Edmonton. The new facility will provide accommodation for the multiple health care units at the base. Construction is scheduled for completion in July 2019.

For the multiple health care units at CFB Edmonton, July 2019 can’t come soon enough. That will mark the completion of the new Health Services Centre, currently under construction management by the local DCC team.

“A lot of the health care units have outgrown the spaces that they’re in, so I’m sure they’re excited to be moving into a space that will last for decades to come,” said Graham Anderson, DCC’s Coordinator, Construction Services at CFB Edmonton.

Right now, services like pharmacy, physiotherapy, dental and mental health are either overfull in a 4,000-m2 facility built in 1994, or they’ve had to set up in other locations – some even off-base. In line with a new health-care model, the new building will integrate healthcare services, ensuring that members can easily access the care they need.

A ground breaking ceremony for the new Health Services Centre at CFB Edmonton was held on June 21, 2016.
A ground breaking ceremony for the new Health Services Centre at CFB Edmonton was held on June 21, 2016.

The new facility will be 13,500 m2, specifically designed to the health units’ needs, with specific features that will enable it to meet LEED Silver standards.

The enthusiasm for the project, however, doesn’t erase all the challenges related to a complex project. Edmonton winters, of course, can have unexpected impacts. For this particular project, preparing contractors for security provisions has been a key part to keeping work on time. Experience and attention has helped the team address these hurdles.

“Overall – we’re set up for success,” said Anderson.

The project is currently ahead of schedule and forecasted to be completed on time.


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