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Crane Operational for Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii Hospital project

May 01, 2014

A 44-metre (144-foot) crane is now operational on the Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii Hospital project site. The crane will help to construct the hospital towards completion in the fall of 2015.

“The arrival and set up of the crane on the Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii Hospital project is another step forward on construction,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “This project will improve health care services for Haida Gwaii and it is great for local residents to see the progress as the crane helps build this new facility.”

The crane will be used primarily for lifting and placing formwork for concrete, and reinforcing for the hospital. It will also be used to lift other materials as required including steel stud, drywall, electrical materials, mechanical materials, and roof top components. The crane arrived on Haida Gwaii at the end of April by a barge. It took two days to set up the crane, while using another crane.

“The Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii Hospital  is a very important project for the people of Haida Gwaii and a very high priority for the Northwest Regional hospital District. We are pleased and delighted to be entering this phase of construction and look forward to continued progress to the completion of this new facility,” said Stoney Stoltenberg, North West Regional Hospital District Chair. “As a funding partner on this project we appreciate the efforts of Northern Health Staff and the Ministry of Health officials who have helped to make this project a reality.”

To date, extensive progress has been made on the new hospital project. A majority of the excavation is complete, and the site preparation work has been finished. The medical clinic was also demolished in September of 2013, and the services moved into the temporary location at the medical clinic in the city centre building.

“The crane hovering above the site is the highest structure in Queen Charlotte,” said Carol Kulesha, Mayor of Queen Charlotte. “It stands out as the next step in the construction of our island hospital. It is exciting to see!”

The $50 million hospital project is funded by the province of B.C. and North West Regional Hospital District. The project will serve the south side of Haida Gwaii, including Skidegate, Queen Charlotte, and Sandspit.

“This project will improve staff and physicians work space and therefore patient care,” said Penny Anguish, Northern Health chief operating officer. “Our staff have been included throughout the design process to ensure the space will meet their needs.”

The facility will be a two-storey building, approximately 5,000 square metres (54,000 square feet) in size and will improve patient comfort and working conditions for staff and physicians. The existing hospital, built in 1953 and opened in 1955, is approximately 1670 square meters (18,000 square feet).

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