June 5, 2014 2:06 pm

Demolition starts at RUH to make room for children’s hospital

Crews begin demolition to part of Royal University Hospital’s parkade to make room for the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan.

Devin Sauer / Global News

SASKATOON – The next step in construction of the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan started Wednesday morning when crews began the demolition of part of the parkade at Royal University Hospital.

Around 14,000 square metres of the parkade needs to be demolished, including the skywalk, over the next two months to make room for where the new children’s hospital will be built.

“This is an exciting milestone for the new hospital,” said Jackie Mann, vice president of integrated health services for Saskatoon Health Region.

“Today’s demolition start brings us one step closer to putting shovels in the ground this September.”

Prior to the start of demolition, a new pedestrian entrance from the parkade into RUH was opened to replace the skywalk.

Craig Ayers, the project director for the children’s hospital, said there was other preparation work that needed to take place at the construction site.

“We have made significant roadway changes to the site, created a new helix ramp for the parkade and built an access road through the University of Saskatchewan campus to bring in construction materials and equipment,” said Ayers.

The new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan is slated to open in 2017.

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