How do you build a building that is one and half times the size of a football field? This is the question construction companies are now working on to provide the answer. In February, the blueprints for Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan main building were completed and released for tender.

Exterior design for the new Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan “This is another important milestone for the project,” says Craig Ayers, Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan Project Director, Saskatoon Health Region. “It has taken a number of months to finalize these blueprints, which now include required building adaptations for the additional patient rooms we received funding and approval for in the spring of 2014. The blueprints include all the details that contractors need, everything from mechanical to electrical to structural, to build this state-of-the-art hospital. I would like to say a heartfelt thank-you to the hundreds of dedicated people who have worked so hard to get us to this point.”

The construction documents have been released to the pre-qualified bidders. Last year, the project team had issued requests for proposals from interested contractors for main building construction. The pre-qualification process streamlines the tender process by ensuring bidders are able to deliver on a construction project of this size.

Next Steps

“The pre-qualified bidders have until late April to complete their proposals based on the released construction documents,” explains Ayers. “Part of the proposals from each bidder will include a defined construction schedule that will outline the number of working days to complete construction. This will confirm the anticipated construction completion date for the new hospital.”

Meanwhile, in preparation for main building construction, required foundation and piling work has been underway since September 2014. This work has been divided into two phases.

  • Phase 1 piling needed to be completed prior to the start of main building construction. By the end of February, all required 240 Phase 1 piles were in place. The contractor responsible for Phase 1 piling has now cleaned up the site in preparation for the start of main building construction.
  • Phase 2 piling needs to be completed during main building construction and will see an additional 61 piles placed as part of the CHS main building construction.

After the tender for the main building closes, the project team will review the bids and make a recommendation to Saskatoon Regional Health Authority and Ministry of Health for approval. Once approval has been received, the project team will finalize and award contract for construction to a successful bidder.

The tender award is currently scheduled to occur by late May, with main building construction expected to begin in June.