$680m Alberta hospital opens seven years after original completion date

The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital (photo courtesy of architects Dialog)
The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital in the Canadian province of Alberta is to open on 4 December, some seven years after the original date for completion.

The US$680m, 243-bed hospital, built for Alberta Health Services (AHS), will provide surgery, cancer care, mental health, and accident and emergency services.

It was commissioned by Ed Stelmach, the premier of the province in 2007. The project was designed by the Canadian architect Dialog and overseen by Alberta Infrastructure.

Construction work on the 63,000 sq m facility started in 2011 with an original opening date in 2014.

However, the project ran over budget and missed the 2014 deadline, becoming the subject of a court case.

Clark Builders took over the project in late 2018 and completed the job in June last year, three months ahead of schedule, reports CBC News.

Jackie Clayton, the mayor of Grande Prairie, told the broadcaster that the hospital would “solidify” his city as “the health-care hub for northwestern Alberta”.

She said: “It enhances care as the only cancer clinic north of Edmonton, and it increases access to rural communities throughout northern Alberta.”

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