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New St. Paul’s Hospital reaches three-year construction milestone

The construction of the new St. Paul’s Hospital has reached a milestone as it celebrates three years of progress. Amidst the whirlwind of designing, digging, and building, the project has seen remarkable advancements, with the latest being the concrete pour for the roof on one of its towers.

Kevin Little, senior manager of design and project delivery with the New St. Paul’s Hospital Project Team, reflects on the journey: “On our one-year anniversary of construction, we were staring down into a large excavation site. On our second-year anniversary, we were looking at the ground floor that had just been poured. And today, we’re standing up on the 10th floor of this very large complex building. It’s amazing progress.”

On time and on budget

Currently, construction crews are gearing up for the addition of the 11th floor, marking the structure’s full height. The project is set to reach the “topping off” milestone this summer when the final concrete is poured on the roof of the new hospital. Then work begins on the exterior of the building, which is expected to continue into 2025.

With over 1,200 workers on site daily – rising to 1,600 people at the peak of construction – the project is expected to remain on time and on budget. By the time construction is completed in 2026, it’s estimated that more than 10,000 tradespeople would have worked on the hospital at one time or another.

“Overall, in terms of schedule, we’re definitely on track in spite of the pandemic,’’ says Clayton Wong, manager of design and project delivery with the project team. “We’ve made it through and we’re on track for hospital opening day in 2027. We’re really looking forward to that.”

WATCH: Take a tour the new St. Paul’s Hospital site after three years of construction.

Story by Justine Ma, New St. Paul’s Hospital Project Team