New hospital preps for construction season

Photo: Construction workers measure some of the trenches on Thursday, at the site where the new residential care facility will be located – Christine Rumleskie/


By Christine Rumleskie


As the snow begins to melt and the ground begins to thaw, the new Fort St. John Hospital project is gearing up for another construction season.

Around 30 construction workers are currently prepping the site for a major transformation project, starting on Friday.

Construction Project Manager David Gotfried says the construction plan is right on schedule.

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Large steel beams are going to be placed in the ground starting Friday. The beams will form the skeleton of the hospital, allowing workers to seal in the project in time for winter.

Meanwhile, construction on the residential care facility also continues. Trenches have already been dug, to set up the perimeter of the wood-based building.

Gotfried says the project has brought on local business J.D. Piling to begin working on the residential care facility.

He says local businesses are key to the facility’s development.

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Up to 280 construction workers will be on-site in the upcoming months, scurrying to get the project contained, so that work can begin on the indoors during the winter months.


Photo: Work continues at the residential care facility on Thursday – Christine Rumleskie/

Photo: The site of the new Fort St. John Hospital remains covered with ‘blankets’ to keep the ground warm. Steal beams will begin going up here on Friday – Christine Rumleskie/

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