A major expansion of Whitehorse General Hospital will begin later this summer.
Yukon Hospital Corporation announced this week it had awarded the construction contract to PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. and the design contract to CEI Architecture.
The expansion will cost $72 million, which includes the cost of the MRI facility that was completed in January this year.
A new emergency department will be built, as well as a new second floor space. The information technology system will also be upgraded.
The hospital last expanded 20 years ago, said James Low, a spokesperson for the Yukon Hospital Corp. He said the expansion will improve patient comfort, security and the work environment for the staff.
Extra space should also allow better infection control and proper decontamination. “It’s not only for large-scale infections but also everyday infections like the flu,” said Low.
The first phase of expansion is expected to be completed by late fall 2017, and light ground work will be done over the summer to prepare for the bulk of the construction.