Work has now started to replace the Seven Sisters mental health facility which must be demolished to make room for the new Mills Memorial Hospital now under construction.
The replacement will have 25 beds, up from the 20 beds at the existing facility, and it is being built on the southwest corner of the Mills Memorial property to the left of the main entrance of the current hospital. Access will be off of Haugland.
Ground preparation work has been underway at the location for some time.
The new Seven Sisters will be nearly twice the size of the existing facility, adding treatment rooms, meeting spaces and recreational facilities.
Construction is expected to be finished in the fall of 2023 followed by occupancy and then demolition of the existing Seven Sisters to keep the construction schedule for the new Mills on track for completion in 2024.
At 78 beds, the new Mills will have roughly double the number of beds as the current hospital, including a doubling from 10 to 20 of the number of beds in the adult psychiatric ward.
PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. is designing and constructing the hospital and the mental-health facility.
The total project cost provided so far is $622.6 million, a portion of which is being financed by property taxes in northwestern B.C.