Minister of Infrastructure Prasad Panda’s office says Alberta’s government continues to stand by its commitment for the expansion and re-development of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Minister of Infrastructure Prasad Panda’s office says Alberta’s government continues to stand by its commitment for the expansion and re-development of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Minister of Infrastructure’s office provides update for Red Deer projects

Three Red Deer projects continue to progress, says the office of Alberta Minister of Infrastructure Prasad Panda

“Alberta’s government continues to stand by its commitment for the expansion and re-development of the Red Deer Regional Hospital,” the minister’s office said in a statement Sunday.

“Alberta’s government recognizes the importance of expanding and upgrading the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, to meet the long-term needs of citizens in Red Deer and central Alberta.

“While it is too early to say what is contained in Budget 2022, a completed project business case was submitted to Treasury Board and Finance for consideration for budget allocations. The budget will be tabled Feb. 24.”

The minister’s office said the provincial government wants to ensure that proper planning takes place in order to ensure that the needs of Albertans are effectively met.

“Extensive planning is probably one of the most important parts in planning a health project of this size and complexity, especially when we are working within an active treatment facility.”

“Planning is critical to ensure that we meet the current and future needs of patients without compromising patient care and the delivery of needed health services and programs.”

Construction of the Red Deer Justice Centre is “proceeding well,” the minister’s office said, adding the concrete structure can now be seen stretching up to the third and fourth levels.

The project is still expected to be completed for the spring of 2023.

“Like with any project, there have been challenges along the way. For example, ground water flows beneath the building were found to be higher than originally expected. However, adjustments have been made and this issue has been addressed.

“Concrete foundations and lower floors, including the parkade, are largely complete and the concrete structure is now being poured on levels three and four. Masonry walls are also under way on Level 0.”

The Red Deer Recovery Community currently has contractors on site. Preparatory work has begun, which includes site utility work and foundation preparation activity.

“Although the schedule is aggressive, the project has adopted a modular structure approach to address this challenge, and the project is still on target for completion in the fall of 2022.”



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