On-Site Magazine

Celebrating progress on a new cancer centre

By Adam Freill   

Construction Institutional

Construction crews make significant progress on the new facility in Calgary.

The new Calgary Cancer Centre is a year away from its scheduled opening, so Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and members of the province’s infrastructure and health ministries marked the milestone with a construction update.

“The progress on the Calgary Cancer Centre is great news for Albertans,” said Kenney. “This huge project is part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, creating jobs now while building Alberta’s future.”

PCL Construction Management Inc. (Calgary) was awarded the design-build contract for the project in 2017. Currently, the site has 900 construction and trades workers working around the clock to keep the project on schedule despite the pandemic and supply chain issues.


Construction of this two million square foot project is on track, with handover to Alberta Health Services expected in the fall of 2022 for building commissioning.

When it opens in late 2023, the $1.4-billion centre will be one of the largest and most modern health facilities of its kind in the world.

“The Calgary Cancer Centre is an economic generator and job creator in the Calgary region,” added Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure. “As of October, it’s estimated that this project has generated over seven million hours of work, reflecting our government’s commitment to saving lives and livelihoods by keeping Albertans working.”

Roughly 90 per cent complete, the building envelope is nearing completion and exterior hard landscaping has started. The interior fit out of flooring, walls, ceilings, millwork and some minor medical equipment is well underway as well. And the major mechanical and electrical systems – heating, ventilation, air conditioning and power – have been installed.


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