Dawson hospital insulation being replaced

Dawson City's new hospital has hit yet another problem with defective materials.

Dawson City’s new hospital has hit yet another problem with defective materials.

Much of the spray-foam insulation underneath the siding is being replaced after it was discovered that it had not cured properly, said Jason Bilsky, CEO of the Yukon Hospital Corporation.

The problem was noticed as workers were replacing the siding on the building, which was also defective and couldn’t withstand Dawson’s harsh climate, Bilsky said.

The siding problems were discovered earlier this summer.

“The last of the siding is in Whitehorse today, and should be installed by the end of the week,” said hospital corporation spokeswoman Val Pike.

Pike said the problem doesn’t affect all of the insulation, only what was underneath the defective siding.

The replacement isn’t expected to delay the opening of the new hospital, still expected sometime before the end of the year, Bilsky said. He couldn’t say at this point how much this latest problem will cost, or whether it might be covered by the company that installed the insulation to begin with.

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