A ‘pretty skookum building’: New St. Paul’s Hospital site impresses community members, exceeds targetsPosted On: Wednesday April 12, 2023
It’s been two years since we started construction on our new hospital in the False Creek Flats, and ever since, it’s been a hub of activity.
In March, we completed pouring concrete on the main floor, and now crews are building decks and pouring concrete on the second floor. By the end of April, the concrete floor on Level 2 should be complete and work will begin on the third floor!
To ensure our construction teams are being good neighbours, PCL Construction started hosting quarterly updates with the Strathcona Residents Association and the False Creek Residents Association, providing them with presentations and overviews of the upcoming activities. But, since our neighbours have only seen and heard the activity from afar, it was time for them to join us on the ground.
On a recent sunny morning, PCL and Providence led residents from neighbouring buildings and the Strathcona Residents Association on a tour of the new hospital – an exciting opportunity for the group.
“I’m very grateful to be invited to an open site so we can see what’s happening on site, including all the safety controls,” said Richard Taplin, a member of the Strathcona Residents Association. “It’s very impressive what they’re up to at the moment, and it’s good to see they’re on time.”
“It’s my first time on site and it’s a pretty skookum building,” said Cody Dart, a local resident and professional engineer. “The things I’ve learned that really surprised me is how structurally sound this building is supposed to be in the event of an earthquake. Doctors are supposed to be able to operate in the operating room right afterwards.”
Dan Jackson, President of the Strathcona Residents Association, added: “When you see the site and all the different trades involved, and how complicated it is to build a hospital of this scale, it’s impressive that it’s going as smoothly as it is.”
Construction continues to exceed targets
While construction hums along on site, the project continues to make a positive impact on the community. The new St. Paul’s Hospital and Health Campus is the first construction project to trigger the City of Vancouver’s Community Benefit Agreement Policy, and the project continued to exceed targets in year two of construction.
At the two-year mark, the project:
- Hired 48% of new employees from an equity-seeking group, 19% of whom live locally.
- Procured 30% of goods and services from businesses in Vancouver.
- Sourced 16% of goods and services from businesses with social impact.
Read more about the incredible impact our project is having in Metro Vancouver and beyond.