PCL Construction, who headquarters in Edmonton and is the largest contracting company in Canada, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $1.1 billion design-build contract for the new Calgary Cancer Centre.
“PCL is honored to be leading the team that will bring this world-class facility to Calgary, knowing that we can help make a very real difference in our community to cancer patients and their families,” said Dave Filipchuk, president and CEO. “Our company takes pride in all of the projects we build, and the Calgary Cancer Centre will be another exceptional facility where our health-care building expertise shines through.”
PCL will complete this project with the Province, DIALOG and Stantec. Construction will commence late this year and will be complete in 2022. By dollar value, this is PCL’s largest design-build project to date. Another milestone sees the Centre as becoming one of most energy efficient hospitals in North America.
The Calgary Cancer Centre’s 2 million+ square feet will include a 1,650 stall underground parking garage, along with 160 beds, more than 100 exam rooms, more than 100 chemotherapy chairs, radiation vaults, a clinical trial unit, research labs, outpatient clinics and a 984 foot elevated pedway. The Centre aims to provide leading and comprehensive cancer care that works with both patients and their families to provide education, screening and research.
“The design is an inspired vision that will make life better for generations of patients with a full range of cancer treatment services and a hub for cutting-edge cancer research. Most importantly, it is designed around supporting patients and their families,” noted Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman in a media statement.
Premier Notley said, “Our government is working to make life better for Albertans; that’s why we are investing in new schools, hospitals, personal care homes, and this long-overdue cancer centre for patients and families in Calgary and Southern Alberta. I’m so proud to see this badly needed new Cancer Centre take its next step. The choice of the successful design and builder means shovels will be in the ground later this year. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
On the day of the Centre’s announcement, Verna Yiu, president and CEO, Alberta Health Services proclaimed, “This is an exciting day for all Albertans, AHS staff, patients and families. This design will enable our providers to advance excellence in research, treatment standards and cancer care, empowering and supporting patients and families throughout the care journey.”
Those most impacted by the new Cancer Centre will be the brave men, women and children fighting the disease. Susan Cardinal, who is a cancer survivor and member of the Patient and Family Advisory Network, was also on hand for the announcement and said, on behalf of fighters and survivors in Alberta, “For anybody facing cancer and the long journey that goes with it, the new cancer centre is our home away from home, and what a home! World-class medical treatment and a home filled with light and life. The centre radiates hope, and hope is a powerful force.”