Look across the river towards the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS) building site and you will see a changing skyline. In April, the team anticipated the new maternal and children’s hospital would be reaching up over the site’s parkade and that has now become a reality.

Main floor of Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan begins to peek just above the RUH parkade top deck.

Main floor of Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan begins to peek just above the Royal University Hospital parkade top deck.

“As of the end of June, we are nearing 20 per cent completion,” explains Craig Ayers, Saskatoon Health Region’s Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan project director. “We are done pouring the ground floor and about 75 per cent of the concrete slab for the main floor of the hospital and we are completing the vertical concrete work between main floor and second floor.”

View of main floor CHS from 5th floor Royal University Hospital – early June

View of main floor of Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan from the fifth floor of Royal University Hospital in early June.

The ground floor of the new hospital will be home to a new pediatric surgery unit, as well as separate adult and pediatric emergency departments for both the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan and Royal University Hospital (RUH), replacing the existing emergency department at RUH.

As well, there will be a connector to the ground floor Royal University Hospital where staff and physicians will be able to transport adult emergency patients to the operating and recovery rooms and adult intensive care unit (ICU).

The main floor will be home to a new pediatric outpatient clinic and a lobby that includes a retail food outlet, spiritual care space, short-term child minding, a patient and family resource centre, gift shop and offices for the hospital’s foundation – Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.

Work has started to advance procurement of 200 medical equipment packages and 20 furnishings packages. As well, hundreds of staff and physicians continue with ongoing operational planning, along with process improvement work needed for move-in day. This includes a recent family-centred maternal care conference held by Maternal Services in support of their new care model for the hospital’s largest floor.

Construction today also includes work to advance at the west edge of construction area where the Phase 2 pilings were installed. Here, crews will be creating concrete pile caps, columns and vertical stairwell cores up to the underside of the second floor. This is the area where upper floors of CHS building will cantilever over the roadways and ramp system below.

Crews are building the pillars that will reach up to the 2nd floor of CHS. You can also see the walls going up for the new ambulance barn for emergency. Ambulances will have a separate entrance from pedestrians walking into emergency.

Crews are building the pillars that will reach up to the second floor of Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. You can also see the walls going up for the new ambulance barn for emergency. Ambulances will have a separate entrance from pedestrians walking into emergency.

Crews continue to build the vertical concrete structure from main floor to second floor. This view is facing from the Saskatoon Cancer Centre parking area looking west towards the new hospital.

Crews continue to build the vertical concrete structure from thee main floor to the second floor. This view is facing from the Saskatoon Cancer Centre parking area, looking west toward the new hospital.

Construction remains on track to be completed in 2019.

The main entrance for the new maternal and children’s hospital, which will exit out onto the top deck of the existing RUH parkade, takes shape.

The main entrance for the new maternal and children’s hospital, which will exit out onto the top deck of the existing Royal University Hospital parkade, takes shape.

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For more information on how to donate to the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan, visit the Foundation’s website at childrenshospitalsask.ca.