© Photo courtesy Cypress Health Region
The front entrance of the Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility in Maple Creek is starting to take shape as shown in this Aug. 27 construction progress photo.
Construction crews are continuing to make progress on creating the exterior skeleton of the new Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility in Maple Creek.
The structural steel development and completion allows people who are driving by the site or others who are able to see it on the horizon an opportunity to get some first impressions of the exterior shape of the facility.
“We are continuing to hear many positive comments about the progress of the construction and how the site’s landscape seems to be always changing,” said Brenda Schwan, Cypress Health Region’s Executive Director of Human Resources and Capital Project Lead.
Crews have completed the masonry structure for the Ambulance bay area, and made progress in the mechanical/maintenance area (steel decking, concrete floor topping, structural steel) plus the universal care areas (steel decking, high roof structure, concrete floor topping). Structural steel work has been completed in the courtyard.
Over the next few weeks, the crews are scheduled to work in the following areas:
• Completing the steel decking in the courtyard and inpatient areas;
• The metal roofing in mechanical/maintenance and universal care areas;
• Installing the modified asphalt roofing in the lower roofline of universal care areas;
• Structural steel in long term care and inpatient areas;
• Installation of internal wall studs and drywall in universal care areas;
• Completion of concrete floor topping in inpatient areas;
• Window installation in several areas;
• Ongoing electrical and mechanical work throughout the facility.
As part of the planned technological enhancements to the facility, a demonstration of an all-in-one video terminal has been offered for staff and patient-family representatives. This terminal is being explored as a possible option for health providers to securely complete bedside charting and to also serve as a screen for patient entertainment (ex. television, internet access, etc.). An evaluation of this option will be completed to see if it is worth further consideration of including it in the equipment purchasing for the new facility.
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.
It is anticipated that the new facility will be ready for occupancy in the summer of 2014.