Capital Project to Expand Western Senior Citizens Home Underway
The construction site adjacent to the Western Senior Citizens Home in Leader, SK is now a hub of activity as construction crews have mobilized and started to create a strong foundation for the $12 million expansion project.
Contractors and sub-contractors of Wright Construction Western have fenced off the construction area and welcomed the first trade, the pilings contractor, on site January 31. Pilings are deep cylindrical holes dug into the ground that are then filled with strong materials, such as concrete, to provide a strong foundation for a structure to be built on top of them. Piling work has been taking place throughout February and is anticipated to be completed by the end of month (depending on frost depths). After the completion of pilings, construction of grade beams will closely follow with grade beam materials now beginning to arriving on-site.
“It is obviously very exciting to see crews on site beginning to construct this much needed project that will bring all of the community’s health services under one roof,” noted Brenda Schwan, Capital Lead and Vice President of Continuing Care for Cypress Health. “This project has been a priority for our Region and the entire community for the past several years. Seeing it now progress to the beginning stages of construction is a very satisfying achievement for everyone involved.”
Originally announced in September, 2014, the project will result in all health services available in the Town of Leader being offered in a single, integrated facility. Currently health services are divided between the existing Western Senior Citizens Home, the Leader Hospital, the Leader Primary Health Care site, and a separate ambulance garage. The expansion will include universal care treatments rooms, a therapies suite, acute care inpatient rooms, one isolation room offering a new service to the community that is not currently available, one trauma/emergency room, lab/x-ray service centre, and EMS.
Planning and design work for the expansion has been completed with collaborative input from project partners including aodbt architecture, Leader health services staff, physicians, patient and family representatives, primary health care clinic team members, community members, and others. A series of quality improvement tools have been used in the design’s development including a Value Stream Mapping event held in December 2014 and a 3P (Production, Preparation, Process) event held in January, 2015. Combined with earlier development work, these have led to an inclusive design that will meet the needs of all users.
“In our planning stages we looked at things like flows of patients moving throughout the facility, walking distances for staff, and how best to maximize the new spaces so that rooms and supplies are in the locations that make the most sense,” added Schwan. “In the end we have a design that we are very confident will meet the needs of the community for many years to come and we look forward to continuing to watch as the facility is built.”
The project is funded through the traditional 80/20 split funding formula with the provincial government contributing $9.6 million towards the project with the remaining $2.4 million raised by local municipalities. The Region extends its appreciation to the government and the many municipalities who have contributed their share while also providing funding for necessary equipment and furnishing costs.
The anticipated construction completion date of the project is in the summer of 2018.
An on-site construction camera has been ordered and will be installed in the very near future. The camera will be located at the construction site, capturing and archiving images of the expansion project as it is erected. Once installed the camera will be posted on the Health Region’s website and will be available for viewing 24 hours per day.