With spring’s arrival and the weather warming construction crews continue to make progress on the Dauphin Regional Health Centre (DRHC) Redevelopment Project. Since the move to the temporary Emergency Department (ED) occurred in mid-November 2017 work has been ongoing with the third phase of the $23 million project-which involved demolition and now renovation of the new Emergency Department space.
An updated timeline anticipates construction on the Emergency Department and new EMS (ambulance) entrance/exit to be completed approximately one year from now —by the spring of 2019. This includes finishing work in the back parking lot area nearest the hospital where a newly-designed cul de sac entrance will be completed to better accommodate patient/client drop-offs at the rear of the DRHC.
The temporary entrance created at the back of the hospital — off Jackson Street —remains as the main public entrance to the facility. The front entrance and vehicle ramp will be closed for the duration of the construction project.
Accordingly, it’s important to note that there would still be one more required phase of the project after the new Emergency Department area is complete. This involves demolition and reconstruction of the existing front entrance vehicle ramp area of the DRHC. Very preliminary estimates target the front entrance work to be completed by the summer of 2019.
Currently, contractors are doing external framing work on the ED Redevelopment space as well as interior preparation work involving requirements for mechanical, electrical and plumbing installations. Additional structural steel work will begin this spring as well.
The redevelopment covers 13,000 square feet for both the Emergency Department and Special Care Unit. The new EMS (ambulance) drop off area adds another 2,400 square feet to the project. The increased space will allow for enhanced treatment, exam and observation rooms, a resuscitation/trauma care room, a modernized Special Care Unit for extended care of patients, a decontamination room, an enclosed ambulance garage and a new main entry to the health centre including a driveway.
Exterior work on the DRHC Emergency Department Redevelopment is well under way this spring.