Over the past few years, investigations have been taking place to determine the underlying causes of the efflorescence, or white staining, on the brickwork around Sault Area Hospital (SAH).
In 2016, the brickwork on the west wall of A-wing was removed, preliminary investigations were made, and the wall was reconstructed as a test site to determine the causes.
As a result of that work and further study, EllisDon Corporation (EllisDon) will begin Phase A of their building envelope work plan. Phase A will run summer – winter 2018 with mobilization occurring the week of June 18, 2018.
This phase will encompass the north end of SAH.
EllisDon has agreed to cover all costs related to the construction defects.
To ensure the safety of those who will be accessing SAH the work areas will be clearly marked and fenced off as this area will be a construction zone. Throughout the rest of the year, multiple tradespeople will be working on scaffolding around this area of the building.
Much of the brickwork will be removed and replaced with new brick. All work will be carried out during daylight hours, with minimal associated noise. Windows will be covered to respect patient privacy and confidentiality.
The hospital departments that will be affected during this phase are Human Resources, Pharmacy, Waste Management, Logistics, and Algoma District Cancer Program.
EllisDon will work closely with SAH to ensure the planned building envelop work will have minimal impact on hospital operations