Workers install exterior insulation material on the west side of the new Central Alberta Cancer Centre at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Thursday.

Cancer centre work on schedule

Construction of the new Central Alberta Cancer Centre is moving forward on schedule.

Construction of the new Central Alberta Cancer Centre is moving forward on schedule.

The $46-million, two-storey facility located on the south side of Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre is expected to open in spring/summer 2013 and will be triple the size of the existing centre.

The new building will increase the size of the current chemotherapy program, in addition to bringing radiation therapy to the city.

“The structure itself is complete. They are continuing work on the exterior,” said Robert Storrier, Alberta Infrastructure spokesperson, on Thursday.

He said roofing and windows are installed.

Storrier said work is completed on the main radiation vault area and they are now starting the mechanical and electrical work.

Construction began in December 2010.

The 4,835-square-metre building will triple the size of the centre and has been designed so that three more floors can be added.

The centre is part of a provincial strategy to open a corridor of cancer treatment centres across Alberta to improve access.

Plans are for three radiation vaults in Red Deer, only two of which would be used initially. There is space for a fourth vault, if required.

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