Dec 21, 2007, 1:50 PM
Construction underway on Hamilton's new hospital
Once slated to be turned into an urgent care centre, the rebirth of the Henderson General Hospital is officially underway as construction on the six hectare (14 acre) Concession Street site began Dec. 17.
The first weeks of construction will see the hospital auditorium torn down and the front area of the hospital transformed into a construction site.
"I'd say it's full steam ahead," said Cathy Lovett, who was brought in nearly eight years ago as project leader of the $259.2 million (including demolition costs) redevelopment that is being done in two steps.
Phase 1a will see a 425,000 square foot L-shaped building rise in front of the current hospital that will stretch north-south along the Sherman Cut and east-west along Concession Street.
The new facility will be a five storey state-of-the-art hospital with 250 beds, about five more than its current allotment. Ninety of those beds will be for cancer patients and two-thirds of those suites will be single patient rooms. The the hospital's mechanical and electrical components will be housed on the top floor.
There will be eight new operating rooms and an additional cancer therapy suite that can be used as an operating room. The old operating rooms will be used for day surgery.
The new building will also include a new emergency department, intensive care unit and cardiac care unit. A new one-way road will be built opposite Upper Sherman Avenue that will lead to the emergency department to be located on the east side of the building along the Sherman Cut.
A bus stop in front of the hospital is slated to be moved west near the parking garage.
To make way for the new building, the south section of the hospital's 70 wing was torn down over the summer. A number of hospital clinics and programs were moved to other locations in the past three years.
Ms. Lovett said the first part of the project (1a) will be completed by 2010. Phase 1b, scheduled for completion by 2012, will see
the north side of 70 wing and 80 wing demolished and replaced by four floors of office and hospital support space, including a new front lobby that will be connected to the Juravinski Cancer Centre next door.
Even with all of the heavy construction work that will be done on the site in the next five years, Ms. Lovett said it will be business as usual at the hospital.
"Amid the challenge of the construction there has been no reduction in services at the Henderson," she said.
The redeveloped hospital and cancer centre will be renamed the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre in recognition of the multi-million dollar gifts to Hamilton Health Sciences from Margaret and Charles Juravinski.
Ms. Lovett said Hamilton Health Sciences and the province signed a $198 million contract with EllisDon Construction Dec. 14 that will see the contractor finance and build the new hospital by the 2010 and 2012 deadlines. The the contractor will be paid after each part of the redevelopment is completed.
Mar 20, 2008, 2:56 PM
Just saw out my Moms apartment window that they are putting up the tower crane on the site here at Henderson Hospital.
Apr 18, 2008, 11:29 AM
Nov 29, 2008, 8:01 PM
Nov 29, 2008, 8:06 PM
Going to be nice when done. :tup:
Nov 29, 2008, 8:26 PM
Holy crap that is a gorgeous building.
Nov 29, 2008, 8:32 PM
I remember protesting along with Maria Bountrogianni aganist the possible closure of Henderson hospital during Mike Harris' days.
Feb 8, 2009, 4:09 PM
Feb 8, 2009, 4:28 PM
They are really coming along with the new building. I haven't been that way in a long time.
Feb 9, 2009, 10:01 PM
The live construction cam is in this link if anyone is interested
Apr 16, 2009, 4:48 PM
Structural construction at Henderson now complete
The extreme makeover 'Hederson Hospital Edition', is now 28% complete.
Hospital officials confirming the project is on time and on budget, with the first phase set to open in the summer of 2010.
The redeveloped Henderson will include a brand new emergency department -- more than 50% larger than the existing one, 9 new operating rooms, a new intensive care unit and 110 new inpatient beds.
HHS President and CEO Murray Martin says the project is key to ensuring a brighter future for the community.
Total cost of the 425,000 square foot complex is 260 million dollars -- 90% of which has been footed by the province.
A ceremonial top-off was held today, marking the completion of vertical construction.
Work now moves indoors.
Apr 16, 2009, 6:20 PM
It's crazy how fast the structure went up!
Apr 17, 2009, 11:15 AM
Henderson renewal a massive operation
"One of the largest hospital-building projects in the province."
April 17, 2009
The Hamilton Spectator
They've poured enough concrete to pave a sidewalk from Hamilton to Toronto and then build another one to come back.
So far, more than 6,400 cubic metres of concrete has been poured for the Henderson Hospital redevelopment project -- enough to construct a standard-size sidewalk that stretches 207 kilometres.
Yesterday, Hamilton Health Sciences and Infrastructure Ontario officials gave a tour and update on the $198-million project they say is "one of the largest hospital building projects in the province and ... one of the largest infrastructure projects in the country."
The four-storey building on Concession Street is 28 per cent finished. The exterior shell is complete and much of the construction has moved indoors.
Mechanical and electrical work is being completed.
Work began in late 2007 and Phase 1A is expected to be finished by next summer.
Then patients in the old 272-bed Henderson Hospital will be moved into the new building. The old hospital will be demolished and Phase 1B will be built in its place. Completion date: the spring of 2012.
Apr 17, 2009, 11:16 AM
Henderson undergoes $198m reno
* 800 cubic metres of concrete needed for the massive foundation of the new building -- roughly 120 cement truckloads.
* 40 tonnes of steel rebar used to reinforce the building's foundation.
* 50,000 cubic metres of rock need to be removed from the site to accommodate the foundation of the building. That's 6,300 trucks of stone.
* "Fifteen months ago, it was hard to find skilled trades people. But not now (with the slowing economy). We have no trouble at all finding the people we need."
-- Jeff McKay, senior project manager with EllisDon Construction.
* "It's OK now. But I'll tell you it wasn't pleasant working on the fourth floor in 40 below zero weather over the winter. It was unbelievable. I thought my ears were going to fall off."
-- Sean Cipollone, construction manager
HENDERSON TRACES ITS ROOTS TO THE FIRST WORLD WAR
Henderson General Hospital traces its roots to the First World War when the city desperately needed medical facilities to deal with wounded soldiers returning home from overseas.
Mount Hamilton Hospital opened in 1917 as a 100-bed convalescent centre to relieve pressure on the Hamilton General Hospital in the lower city.
From there a nurses residence was added and a maternity ward. Then, in 1954, a 322-bed hospital was opened on the same site.
That is the structure being replaced and renovated today that will lead to the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre officially opening in 2012.
Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre on target to open in spring 2012
April 17, 2009
Compiled by Mark McNeil
The Hamilton Spectator
MANY NAMES OVER THE YEARS
* Mount Hamilton Hospital (1917-1962).
* Nora-Frances Henderson Convalescent Hospital (1954-1965).
* Henderson General Hospital of Hamilton Civic Hospitals (1962-1997).
* Henderson Hospital of Hamilton Health Sciences (1997-present).
* Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre (official opening 2012).
WHO WAS HENDERSON?
* Hamilton municipal politician Nora-Frances Henderson in 1931 became the first woman in Canada elected to a city Board of Control.
* She served on Hamilton's city council for 16 years and, among other acts of flamboyance, was known for crossing the picket line in the infamous 1946 Stelco strike in a public display of opposition.
* Hospital administrators are looking at naming a wing or some other section of the hospital in her honour after the Juravinski hospital officially opens.
Philanthropists Margaret and Charles Juravinski have donated more than $43 million to health care projects in Hamilton, including $5 million to the Juravinski Cancer Centre.
2007 -- Work begins.
2010 (summer) -- First phase to open.
2012 (spring) -- Second phase to open.
WORKERS ON SITE
125 -- in winter.
200 -- now.
250 -- this summer.
425,000 sq ft.-- when completed.
400,000 sq. ft. -- of new construction.
25,000 sq. ft. -- of renovated space.
90,000 sq ft. -- net increase in space after both construction phases completed.
272 -- Henderson Hospital now.
310 -- Juravinski Hospital in 2012.
38 -- bed increase.
Nov 20, 2009, 12:53 PM
Nov 20, 2009, 5:31 PM
That's an old picture as well. The front facade is already almost complete (including brick and glass).
Dec 19, 2009, 12:12 AM
Tower eyed for Henderson site
By Mark Newman, News Staff
Dec 18, 2009
A $100-million proposal to erect a multi-storey hospital building at the centre of the Henderson hospital site is expected to go to the McGuinty government by spring.
Dr. Bill Evans, president of the Juravinski Cancer Centre and executive lead at the Henderson General Hospital, said officials at Hamilton Health Sciences have been talking about the need for a hospital tower to replace the old and narrow 90 wing that sits between the new hospital that is currently going up on the Concession Street site and the cancer centre.
While the size and scope of the new tower are still in the discussion stage it’s expected to be an expensive project.
“It’s going to approach 100 million dollars without a doubt,” said Evans, who noted the new building would house cancer surgery and other complex surgical procedures as well as provide clinical training for doctors and other health care professionals.
He suggested the tower could be named in honour of Nora Frances Henderson.
If approved, Evans said, it’s not expected construction would begin for another five years following detailed planning. The province typically picks up 90 per cent of the capital cost.
The first phase of the $180 million hospital redevelopment, including a new emergency unit, operating rooms, intensive care unit, cardiac care unit and cancer therapy suite, is expected to be completed late next summer. In the second phase, the north side of the 70 wing and the 80 wing will be torn down and replaced by four floors of hospital office and support space by the summer of 2012.
Dec 19, 2009, 4:26 PM
90-wing looks to be 5- or 6-floors now. And they're only replacing it with another 6-floor 'tower'.
Why not make it 10 for future mountain growth? That would be a tower. Hospitals have to the tallest floor-floor height. 10-story probably = 16-story residential in height.
Dec 22, 2009, 1:00 AM
New Henderson project needs province's nod
December 21, 2009
The Hamilton Spectator
With eight months of construction still left on a $300-million hospital project, Henderson officials hope to approach the province next month with plans for a second phase.
The first phase — a two-year project — is expected to see most of the 425,000 square feet of new space opened in August.
The remaining 20 per cent of that project is expected to open in the spring of 2012.
Bill Evans, the executive lead at the Henderson, said the second phase of the project would call for replacing the rest of the hospital —mainly the seven storeys that have provided most of the in-patient care since the early 1960s.
While that second phase remains in the concept stage, Evans believes the redevelopment would carry a pricetag of more than $100 million.
It has been dubbed the Henderson tower project since it would replace the existing seven storeys.
But Evans said the title is a bit of a misnomer since the project design hasn’t been completed.
“It might conceivably be something a little more squat than a tower,” he said.
Evans said once the first phase is completed, the so-called Ninety Wing remains and it’s antiquated.
“Some of the physical aspects of the facility are less than ideal for modern medicine,” Evans said, adding the hospital hopes to put plans for that second phase of redevelopment in front of the Ministry of Health in January.
Evans said if the ministry approves, construction could begin within five years with completion two years after that. The two redevelopment projects would essentially leave Mountain health- care users with a brand new hospital.
“I would love to see it begin within five years,” Evans said.
“It would be a fully redeveloped site.”
Dec 29, 2009, 1:18 PM
The construction seems to be scarily close to the edge of the Sherman Cut.
Jul 8, 2010, 5:04 PM
Henderson Hospital renamed after Juravinskis
Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator
Jul 9, 2010, 3:37 AM
Saw the new sign today, have to say I'm not happy about the new name. I understand they donated millions and millions but it feels like we've just betrayed Henderson.
Jul 9, 2010, 3:58 AM
Call it Juravinskis . We call that naming rights. O yeah that is such an anomaly in Hamilton.. Why the heck would anyone pay to put their name on a building? I know downtown Hamilton is totally lacking in naming rights, but we could ask to take the CIBC, Scarfone, Effort Trust and Ron Joyce to take their sign off the their respected buildings.
As the name change has been made, they've installed a full Nora Frances Henderson display in the Henderson area of the hospital - quite prominent and quite beautiful.
The way things work is that when you name a hospital, or a waiting room, or a machine, or anything else you donate to get naming rights to, you don't expect that name stays in perpetuity.
It stays for a significant amount of time, but in two hundred years it won't be the Juravinski either, as wonderful as the Juravinskis are also.
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