It's been over a year since the groundbreaking of the Calgary Cancer Centre took place, and to some, the progress has seemed to be slow-going, but there has been plenty of activity. For most of those 15 months, the work being done was on site preparation and excavation, but lately the site has been making great progress with a small portion of the structure reaching grade.

Construction progress as of Jan 28, 2019, image via Alberta Health Services

The Stantec and Dialog designed $1.4 Billion Cancer Centre is one of the largest construction projects ever for the City of Calgary and the province of Alberta, and even getting to grade is quite an undertaking. Construction crews began arriving and rolling equipment onto the site in late October 2017, with the official groundbreaking ceremony held a couple of weeks later on November 3rd. Pile installation commenced, followed by excavation in January of 2018, and it was not until April 26th that the first crane appeared.

Equipment arrives on site Oct 31, 2017, image via forum contributor GoVertical

By the end of May the site was full steam ahead, with 3 cranes bustling 6 days a week. In mid-September, a 4th crane was added and then the pace picked up even more. 

The first of 4 cranes gets installed April 27, 2018, image via Alberta Health Services

In November, nearing the end end of 2018, the massive excavation pit was about halfway up to grade. In the time since then the project has been seeing rapid progress. To give an idea of how much work has been involved to this point, the video below shows a time-lapse of the construction from Jan 18, 2018, to January 18, 2019.

With at least three years of construction still to go, we will continue to follow the Cancer Center's progress. For more information check our associated database page and for photo updates and discussion check out the associated forum thread, and as always feel free to leave a comment below.