By Joel Scanlon
Dr. Helena Jaczek and Michael Chan have joined community members, hospital officials, health-care partners and fundraising volunteers to celebrate the first year anniversary of the initiation of the construction of the redevelopment project at Markham Stouffville Hospital.
The new building, which is reaching the second year of construction, is nearly 50% complete and is moving on budget. Construction is expected to be completed in the beginning of 2013.
The redevelopment project is helping to boost the local economy by aiding and creating new jobs. Nearly 300 workers are expected to get into the construction activity be on the work place daily and 25% to 40% workers are from the Region of York. Once the project gets completed, the redeveloped hospital will hire additional 875 staff and it will bring 60 new physicians to the region.
The installation of the structural steel penthouse and rooftop mechanical units, completion of the precast structure for the new building, winding up of Level 1 and the initiation of interior partitions, and the installation new roads and parking areas and utility services were accomplished in the first year of construction.
Markham Stouffville Hospital's redevelopment will help meet the requirements of the growing inhabitants and improve the approach to the basic health-care services through the erection of a four-story extension. The expansion will add 385,000 sq ft of space to the existing site and will double the size of the facility. Once the new building gets completed, renovations will be carried out in the existing building areas.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Infrastructure Ontario will collaborate with Markham Stouffville Hospital to handle the new construction and renovation at the hospital. Community and business leaders have promised to extend their support to the project and the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation has already reached 70% of its $50-million fundraising goal.