For two and a half years, it has stood proudly over Saskatoon, repeatedly carrying heavy loads as dreams of Saskatchewan’s new maternal and children’s hospital, the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital, started to take shape.
The bright yellow 72-meter/200-foot -tall crane was installed at the construction site on November 2016. It allowed Graham Construction to lift equipment and supplies from the back side of the parkade over drive lanes and controlled travel paths across the parkade to get those materials into the construction site. Given the site constraints, this large crane has been the workhorse to get the majority of materials into the construction site. A smaller crane previously stood alongside its taller partner for about two years and was used to help build the main structure of the building. It was dismantled late last year and now it’s time for the large crane to leave, as well.
The 72-meter crane (on right) and the second construction crane (on left), photographed in late 2015.
The crane took three days to install, with a smaller, mobile crane used to lift the mast and other components to about 50 meters. The mast was then hydraulically jacked to install final components to achieve the required 72-meter height. It will take about the same amount of time to dismantle, again using a mobile crane with significant height to reach and bring down the tower crane components.
Saskatchewan Health Authority closed the main access to the parkade located next to the construction site for the week of May 14 so that a smaller, mobile crane could be brought in to take down the massive structure. The closure of the main gate meant a significant detour through the University of Saskatchewan campus for those using the hospital parkade and reallocation of staff parking. We sincerely thank everyone for their patience.
The main access to the parkade was closed to visitors and traffic was re-routed through the U of S campus.
It is expected that it will take more than 20 semi-trailer loads to haul the large crane components away. Once complete, the mobile crane will leave and the main gate to the parkade will reopen.
Traffic was re-routed to the Saskatoon Cancer Centre parkade entrance.
While the large crane’s departure might feel like a visible milestone for the project, work on the new hospital is still needed. Finishing touches are being placed on the exterior, with a significant amount of work underway on the interior of the $285.2 million hospital facility. At the same time, fundraising efforts remain in full swing with Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation pushing to meet its $75 million commitment, sitting at around the $61 million mark.
Hospital construction remains on track with opening scheduled for late 2019.
A mobile crane was installed on the site this week to begin dismantling of the large yellow crane requiring main access to the parkade to be closed down.