L-R: Premier Rachel Notley, Dr. Francois Belanger, Will Morlidge with daughter Virginia, Minister Sandra Jansen and Minister Sarah Hoffman break ground on the Calgary Cancer Centre.
Construction has started on the new Calgary Cancer Centre, a $1.4 billion project that will offer a broad range of services to Albertans including outpatient cancer clinics, more than 100 patient exam rooms, 160 inpatient unit beds, more than 100 chemotherapy chairs, clinical and operational support services, 15 radiation vaults, and double the capacity to treat patients with the best technology
“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 Premier Rachel Notley in a media release.
In June the PCL Construction | DIALOG + Stantec design-build team was the successful proponent of the project, which is slated to open in 2023.
“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. This is one of the largest construction projects underway in Alberta and will be an economic generator in Calgary and throughout southern Alberta,” said Sandra Jansen, Minister of Infrastructure, in the release.
“My wife Rebecca’s legacy lives on in what she wanted the new Calgary Cancer Centre to be: a place of openness and a healing environment where patients will be given every chance possible to overcome their illness, and a place that radiates hope,” said Will Morlidge, Calgary Cancer Centre patient and family advisor.
Located on the Foothills Medical Centre site, with an elevated walkway connecting the new facility with existing buildings, excavation, shoring and piling activity will begin in November and run to spring 2018.
Stantec, and DIALOG in collaboration, are responsible for the architectural and interior design of the new Cancer Centre, as well as structural and electrical engineering. Stantec will also provide civil and transportation engineering services, while DIALOG will also provide landscape planning and urban design.