• Sneak peak at draft site plan

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    The draft Mills Memorial Hospital site plan is now available!

    Some highlights:

    • Hospital will be located on the north end of the current site, near the Sande Overpass
    • New location of Seven Sisters facility will be on the southwest end, near Haugland Avenue
    • Main entrance of the hospital, as well as the emergency entrance, face Tetrault Street
    • Approximately 300 parking spots will at the new site
    • Landscaping plans include several gardens

    Information about the project, including this draft site layout is now posted on a bulletin board in the hallway near the front entrance of the hospital. Information on the board will be updated throughout the project.

    In addition, a more in-depth display is being planned for in the community and at the hospital. Community members will have the chance to review designs, ask questions, and give feedback. Stay tuned! Dates to be announced soon.

    Please note, design is ongoing and all plans are subject to change.

    Download the draft site plan here.


  • Interested in work and/or contract opportunities?

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    Many residents and businesses have been asking about employment and contract opportunities related to the Mills Memorial Hospital project. PCL Westcoast Constructors Inc (PCL) is responsible for all employment and contracting related to the construction of the new hospital.

    Employment

    Anyone interested in working on the project can submit a resume to PCL through https://careers.pcl.com/ca/en

    PCL, through their subcontractors has, and will continue to, advertise employment opportunities on and in various platforms such as Linkedin, Kijiji, and regional newspapers.

    The project is dedicated to employing as many locals as possible and has already hired a number of local equipment operators, tradesmen and labourers. They have also been reaching out to local and regional First Nations, to meet with employment and training departments, as well as the trades department at the college.

    Contracts

    Since before construction began, PCL has been reaching out to local and regional companies to explore the possibility of working together.

    Throughout the project, PCL will share contract opportunities as they come up - for example, by advertising in the regional newspaper, or contacting potential local and regional suppliers directly.

    Businesses interested in working on the Mills Memorial Project site are encouraged to contact PCL with information about services they could offer. Email PCL at 2220057millsmemorial@pcl.com

    Still not sure what to do?

    Email letstalkMMH@northernhealth.ca and we’ll put you in the right direction.

  • New hospital will have 78 beds - but what does that really mean?

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    During the planning stages, new health care facilities are assigned and funded for a set of number of beds. This number, and the types of beds, are based on a many factors including population and health care need projections.

    The new Mills Memorial facility will be more than twice the size of the current facility. And the number of beds is also set to almost double, going from 44 to 78.

    The reality of a hospital though, including Mills Memorial, is that regardless of the official number of beds, if a patient needs care, they will receive care. Also, while the beds at the new Mills Memorial hospital are dedicated to particular types of care and services, if no one requires that care or service at the time, the beds will be used for the care that current patients require; the beds are not necessarily only used for the type of care they are dedicated to.

    Another common misconception is that the beds dedicated to the same service are located in a particular section of the hospital, such as a ward. In the new hospital, however, every room will be private with a private bathroom, which will improve patient care and experience. Also, every room will be able to accommodate all types and levels of care - though some rooms are dedicated, and therefore, more suited to particular forms of care or services.

    The official breakdown of beds, old vs new, at MMH is:

    • 25 to 41 medical/surgical beds
    • 3 to 5 maternity/gynecology beds
    • 3 to 4 labour room beds
    • 3 to 8 intensive care unit beds
    • 10 to 20 psychiatric unit beds

    The emergency department will also increase from 10 beds to 20.

    The number of beds at Seven Sisters will also increase from 20 to 25 beds.

  • What's that in the sky?

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    The tower cranes at the MMH construction site can be seen throughout the community.


    It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No. It’s two tower cranes!

    In the next couple weeks, two 160-foot tower cranes will be erected at the Mills Memorial Hospital site and remain on site – and in the Terrace skyline – for approximately 18 months. To put the height of the cranes into perspective, 160 feet is approximately 50 metres, which is the length of three and half semitrailers in a row.

    Tower cranes are made up of a vertical tower (the mast) and an outstretched jib (the working arm). They are used on major construction sites to lift and move heavy equipment and materials.

    It will take about four days to assemble and erect the two cranes, which will be permanently attached to concrete bases, which were built over the last month in anticipation of the cranes’ arrival.

    The mobile crane, which has been on site for several weeks, will be used to assist in the set up of the tower cranes.

    All the cranes will only work within the perimeter of the construction site. The tower cranes will be located in what will be the interior of the new building and the jibs won’t be able to reach outside of the property limits.Start of tower crane erection on August 4, 2021.

  • Smooth progress

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    The Mills Memorial Hospital Replacement project is progressing smoothly. Two major activities on the go right now include upgrades to the storm and water system on Haugland Avenue, near Eby Street and a large concrete pour with two pumps working on site today, Monday, July 26.


    Double pumping concrete action.







  • PCL employees help beautify Terrace

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    Last week, some of the PCL crew who are in town building the new hospital, joined members of the Terrace Beautification Society, along with local high-school students, to help clean up around Market Estates, a seniors housing complex on Davis Avenue in Terrace. The three PCL employees spent some time pulling weeds and chatting with locals.

    The Mills Memorial Hospital project will take approximately four years to complete and PCL is keen to get know and be involved in the community during their time here.

    Read the Terrace Standard article about the youth volunteering that night along with the PCL employees.

    Lots of weeds to pick.

    Working hard.

    A well deserved break.


    Lots of great volunteers.



  • Alert! Increased truck traffic on Monday, July 26

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    Heads up there will be more construction traffic than usual on Monday, July 26. Up to 80 trucks will be hauling concrete onto the Mills Memorial construction site, using the site's Tetrault entrance and exit. The trucks will be supplying concrete to two pumps pouring a large supporting concrete slab for parts of the new hospital.

  • Alert! Road closure near hospital

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    The section of Haugland Avenue, between Eby Street and the nearest hospital entrance (see photo for exact location), will be closed for approximately two weeks starting this Saturday, July 24, as storm and water drainage systems are upgraded as part of the construction of a new Hospital.

    Only pedestrians and local residents with private driveways on the north side of Haugland will be able to access the area while work is underway. The area will be closed to drivers and cyclists from the general public.

    We suggest anyone driving to and from the hospital, use Tetrault Street.

    Please follow all signage and obey traffic personnel if you are in the area.

    For more information about the upgrades, go to:

    https://letstalk.northernhealth.ca/mills-memorial-hospital-replacement/news_feed/haugland-closure


  • New, temporary parking lot near Tetrault

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    A new parking lot on the east side of the Mills Memorial hospital site, which fits approximately 70 vehicles, is now available for use.

    The new gravel lot, adjacent to Tetrault Street and north of the hospital, aims to accommodate a growing number of hospital staff and reduce street parking. Because of its distance to the hospital entrance, the new lot is intended mainly for staff use. However, the spots have no restrictions.

    This lot is temporary and will be removed when the area is required to accommodate the building of the new hospital – likely in the summer of 2023.

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  • Alert! Haugland, near Eby, soon to be closed for 2 weeks

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    Starting shortly, only local residents will be able to drive or walk along a portion of Haugland Avenue, just west of the hospital, for close to two weeks as the area is being closed to the public. That’s because PCL will be upgrading the drainage and water systems in the area as part of the new Mills Memorial Hospital Replacement project. With the new facility planned to be more than twice the size of the current one, an increase in capacity in these systems is necessary.

    The work is being managed similarly to other work on streets in the City of Terrace, with approvals, permits and a traffic management plan. Signage and flaggers will guide traffic and pedestrian flow during the day, while work is underway. While the general public will not be able to access the area, locals who live on the section of road on which the work is taking place, will still be able to get to their residences with the help of the traffic control on site.

    PCL’s aim is to complete any work related to the new hospital, outside of the fenced construction site on the Mills Memorial property, as soon as possible. That way all future construction is contained within the site, minimizing local impacts. With Cassie Hall Elementary School just opposite the hospital, PCL waited until school was out for summer, for the sake of student safety and minimizing traffic interference, to complete these necessary upgrades.

    The upgrade work on Haugland will include cutting into the street, removing the asphalt, removing fill from underneath, and installing a large storm drain pipe approximately four metres under the surface, then refilling the area and covering it with new asphalt.

    A manhole in the centre of the Eby Street and Haugland Avenue intersection will also be created, to connect the new pipe to the city’s storm system, which flows north to south along Eby Street. While this work is taking place, traffic along Eby Street will likely be one-lane only - though exact details of the traffic management plan are under currently under review by the City of Terrace and subject to change.

    PCL will also be installing connections to the city’s existing water and sanitary lines on Haugland Avenue.

    The exact start date the street work will be posted once PCL has received all necessary approvals from the City. Hours of work will be approximately 7 am to 5:30pm, seven days a week.