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.