Preparations are underway for the destruction of Dr. Cooke Extended Care Centre’s south wing.

According to the Government of Alberta, demolition will begin in early spring and will take about four months to complete. Construction crews will begin setting up safety fencing and a worksite trailer.

Renovations to the administration and palliative care areas in the north wing will also begin in the spring. Work on the south wing will have minimal impact on the services offered at the centre.

Funding for the demolition was announced in 2017 however, the demolition was delayed due to consultations on whether the building could still be used. The consultations found that the building was too old to be used for anything else.

The total cost for the demolition and the construction of the already built Pioneer House was $34.8 million.

Once demolition is complete, the grounds will be levelled and seeded to remain as a green field.