Steady pace for progress at Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility

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A new overhang constructed from Glulam Timber, intended to reflect the historic pioneer culture of the Southwest, has been added at the entrance area of the new Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility in Maple Creek.

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The much anticipated arrival of the newest healthcare facility in southwestern Saskatchewan continues to draw nearer, and the construction and planning of the Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility in Maple Creek is moving forward on schedule.

Those who are driving by the construction site are observing great progress on the integrated facility and can better determine the overall size that it will be.

Some of the recent tasks completed and upcoming tasks scheduled include:

- Structural steel – scope of work completed;

- Steel room decking – completion of two glulam canopy areas by front entrance;

- Sloped roofing – drywall and vapor barrier for south and east long term care wings completed, and continue with insulation;

- Drywall/Steel stud – majority of inpatient framing complete; interior stud work in

courtyard and southwest long term care wing;

- Flat roof – all cap sheet work on flat roofs underway;

- Stucco – inpatient area and section between inpatient and southwest long term care wing underway;

- In-floor heating complete in south long term care wing;

- Entrance area – cranked glulam wood decking complete; entrance walkway beam/columns installed;

- Patient lift system installation – underway;

- Ongoing mechanical and electrical work being completed above ceiling/walls, and concrete pours scheduled.

One of the innovative design features of the integrated facility is visible within the main entry area, where a series of exposed timbers have been utilized to provide those entering the facility with a touch of the historic pioneer culture of the southwest. It will serve as a welcoming entry for visitors and those seeking health care services.

Members of the Southwest Healthcare Trust Board met in mid-December and had the opportunity to tour the construction site. There were many positive comments in regards to the progress made on the building’s construction and the work completed by the contractors. The Board members have been busy planning for their fundraising efforts and plan to be active during the months leading up to the facility’s completion.

Graham Markert, Chair of the Southwest Healthcare Trust Board, participated in the tour and noted the response of fellow Board members.

“Everyone was thoroughly impressed with how this new facility is taking shape. We’ve been very pleased with the excellent work that Graham Construction and the Cypress Health Region has done to date and I think it would be fair to say that there were quite a few board members who were in awe of this incredible structure as we toured through the building,” Markert said.

Planning and process requirements are continuing towards confirming the equipment, fixtures, and technology needs for the facility. The Staff Champions and all staff from the facilities and community health services have been providing feedback during the process steps.

Construction crews continue to move ahead with their activities on schedule. The health region would like to encourage the public to visit their website on a regular basis at www.cypresshealth.ca/sihf to keep up to date on the construction’s progress. The site has a camera set up that provides images every 15 minutes and allows for viewers to see a time-lapse video of the construction progress. This area also provides photos from the site and a 3-D artistic rendering of the new facility’s look.

Organizations: Southwest Healthcare Trust Board, Graham Construction

Geographic location: Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility, Southwestern Saskatchewan, Maple Creek

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