• First concrete pour means construction has begun!

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    The first concrete pour happened on Monday, July 12 marking a milestone event on the Mills Memorial hospital site - construction of the new hospital has begun!

    To date, much of the work on site has been preparing for construction. That includes clearing the land, installing fences and other safety precautions, bringing in equipment, and digging the foundation.

  • 900 construction jobs expected; locals already working

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    A number of local workers and businesses are benefitting from the Mills Memorial Hospital Replacement Project – and the project has only just begun.

    With construction activity on site for little more than a month, more than 15 local businesses have already been contracted for a variety of jobs. Local suppliers and contractors are doing work such as environmental monitoring, trucking, cleaning and watering neighbourhood streets, surveying, waste removal, fuel and septic services, and more.

    Subcontractors working for PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc., the company designing and building the new Mills Memorial Hospital and Seven Sisters facility in Terrace, have also hired local carpenters, labourers, and apprentices to work on site – with more opportunities to come.

    Although a project of this size will require a significant out-of-town workforce, the PCL is dedicated to filling as many positions as possible with people from the local community and region.

    In addition to advertising in local newspapers and online, company representatives have been reaching out to, and meeting with, local and regional labour organizations, including the employment and training departments of First Nations and the trades department of Coast Mountain College.

    Throughout the life span of the project, PCL estimates 900 jobs will be created with up to 350 workers on site at a time.

    In addition to the jobs created on the site, approximately 40 more will be created to support the out-of-town workers at a workcamp on the outskirts of town.

  • New video feature - and new videos!

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    Check out new videos feature we've added to Let's Talk Mills Memorial Replacement Project home page:

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

    We've uploaded a couple great videos to check out already - one of the Ground Blessing ceremony on May 31 and another time lapse video of all site activity in the month of June 2021.

  • It's official! We are building a new hospital!

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    After years of planning and anticipation, construction of the new Mills Memorial Hospital replacement project and the new Seven Sisters facility is underway. Today, we celebrated virtually - on Zoom - the start of construction with the Ministry of Health.

    Some staff gathered in the cafeteria at the current Mills Memorial Hospital to celebrate the long-awaited news and watch the Zoom celebration together. We ordered special cupcakes and delivered them to all Northern Health staff in Terrace.

    The new Mills Memorial Hospital will be a significant investment in the community and region. At $622.6 million, it represents the largest capital investment in Northern Health’s history.

    Read: BC Gov News Release | Construction starts on new Mills Memorial Hospital

    Watch: Construction start celebration video with Minister of Health


  • Site work continues for new hospital

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    Water trucks and sprinklers are being used to help with the extreme heat and dust as the ground work preparations continue ahead of the construction of the new MMH hospital in Terrace!


  • Watering as much as possible

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    Recognizing the current extreme heat concerns in the Northwest and the rest of the province, Northern Health and the contractor working on the Mills Memorial Hospital site are working on solutions to manage the heat and dust-related issues.

    A water truck is on site, and sprays the roads when trucks are hauling as often as possible. Sprinklers are also being installed on site, some of which are spraying trucks down before they go onto the road. (see photo)

    Last week the contractor began installing a permanent chain link fence along the west side of the site. Once the fence is in place, debris netting will be added to cover the length and height of the fence. This netting should help prevent dust and debris from blowing into yards.

    We understand that construction can be inconvenient for nearby residents. We are doing what we can to listen to concerns and minimize the impacts where possible.

    The Mills Memorial Hospital Replacement Project includes building a new Seven Sisters mental health residence facility and a new, state-of-the-art hospital more than twice the size of the current one. The project will allow the hospital to provide new and expanded services not currently available, and is an important investment for future generations in Terrace and communities throughout Northwest BC.


  • Keeping it clean

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    Here's Master Sweeper heading out from the Mills Memorial Hospital site on one of its regular street cleaning sessions. As trucks have been hauling soil off the site over the past three weeks, to prepare the site for construction, PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc., has hired Master Sweeper to regularly clean the streets around the hospital and along the haul routes.

  • Pediatrics move out of Sleeping Beauty, into new space

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    The Terrace Pediatric Clinic has temporarily moved from the Sleeping Beauty Pediatric Clinic to the third floor of the Park Avenue Medical Clinic.

    As construction of a new, state-of-the-art facility progresses, the Sleeping Beauty Medical Clinic, located behind Mills Memorial Hospital, will need to be demolished to make way for the new hospital.

    In the meantime, PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc, the contractor set to build the new hospital, will use Sleeping Beauty as a temporary on-site, office location.

    The new permanent location for the Terrace Pediatric Clinic will not be on the hospital grounds. However, it will be adjacent to the property in a newly leased space in the Keith Avenue Mall. The Park Avenue clinic location is only temporary while the Keith Avenue space is being designed and renovated for the Terrace Pediatric Clinic.

    The Terrace Pediatric Clinic provides primary care services for children, from birth to their seventeenth birthday. The Clinic offers comprehensive, up-to-date, quality care, for a variety of medical, developmental, and mental health problems. It is a consultative service based on a referral from a family physician.

    Acute care services for children ¬– for example, emergency treatment and surgeries ¬– will continue to be offered at the hospital.

    While there may be some changes to how patients access services throughout the construction of a new hospital, Northern Health is planning ahead and aims to keep all services as accessible as possible to patients during this time.

  • Alert! We're shaking things up - with vibration testing

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    Don't be alarmed if you feel some shaking around 3pm tomorrow, June 22. Vibration testing is happening on the Mills Memorial hospital site to ensure future construction won't impact community, patient and staff safety. Testing is happening during the day to make sure the hospital can safely operate at the same time as construction.

  • A fence, debris netting, glare shields, and more...

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    A chain link fence will start going up this week along the west side of the Mills Memorial Hospital site. This fence will be permanent fixture as it is part of the final plans of the new hospital designs, which are ongoing.

    Throughout construction, debris netting will be strung along the entire length and height of the fence, to help prevent dust and debris from entering adjacent neighbour yards. The netting will also provide more privacy for those neighbours.

    Once the new hospital is built, landscaping plans call for vegetation to be planted along the west side of the property. At the request of neighbours, privacy slats may also be installed in the fence.

    Since construction activity began on the Mills Memorial hospital site, Northern Health has been in touch with many surrounding neighbours, informing them of plans and discussing concerns about the impacts of construction. In addition to numerous emails and phone calls, we've hosted a virtual neighbourhood meeting, and continue to deliver notices to mailboxes, and post updates on this Lets Talk site and in the Northern Health Terrace/Kitimat Facebook group.

    Some impacts from construction are unfortunately inevitable. Northern Health and the contractor, PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc, are working hard to listen to neighbours’ concerns and minimize these impacts. Here's a few examples of what's being done to address concerns, minimize impacts and maximize safety.

    • Glare shields on parking lot lights
    • Water truck on site to spray down dust, on site and on roads
    • Street sweeper cleaning the streets
    • Speed limit signs
    • ongoing noise and vibration monitoring
    • Regular reminders to truck drivers and subcontractors to be mindful of neighbours

    A new hospital will ultimately benefit the entire community and region. As work continues, Northern Health looks forward to ongoing conversations with neighbours, community members, Indigenous groups and local and regional stakeholders about this exciting project.