Find out what’s happening on our construction site and learn about frequently asked questions.
Construction notices can be found on the News and Updates page.
We follow the City of New Westminster’s Good Neighbour Protocol. We aim to keep neighbours informed of the work being done and to minimize disruptions. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.
Interim Support Building
The Interim Support Building is now complete. This building will house support services for the hospital including laundry and maintenance, the interim loading dock, in hospital replenishment receiving and flammable storage while we are building the acute care tower.
There are significant changes to the site including a new loading dock, different connections between the new building and the Columbia Tower and Health Care Centre and new travel paths to the morgue and medical and flammable storage space.
Frequently asked questions
What are the construction hours?
Construction hours are Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (except holidays) and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Hours may be subject to change.
What is the noise bylaw exemption for evening work?
The City of New Westminster has granted a noise bylaw exemption for EllisDon to complete concrete finishing work between 8:00 p.m. and 11 p.m. on days when there are larger concrete pours from May 31 to January 31, 2023. See the May 31 construction notice for dates. Dates are subject to change based on weather and site conditions.
Why is there a noise bylaw exemption for evening work?
Each concrete section pour typically takes the regular hours of a workday to complete. The finishing must be done while the concrete is still fresh and can’t wait until the next day. The exemption allows our construction partner EllisDon to complete the finishing work while the concrete is still fresh.
Will construction noise occur in the evening on all proposed dates?
No. The variance will only be required on about half (or less) of the pour dates listed. In some cases, it may be possible to complete the work during regular construction hours after all.
What measures are in place to reduce the impact of the evening noise exemption on neighbours?
- All other activities relating to the concrete pours, such as deliveries, pumping and placing, will be completed during regular construction hours.
- Only the concrete finishing crew of two to three people will be staying behind after hours.
- All equipment will be in good operating order, operated at minimum engine speeds and turned off when not in use.
- Construction personnel will be educated and supervised to ensure they minimize potential noises.
- We will provide notification 24 hours in advance of requiring this exemption by flyers delivered to the neighbourhood or by email if requested. The notice will include the name and phone number of an EllisDon supervisor who can be contacted on the day of the pour if there are any issues.
- The notice will include the name and phone number of an EllisDon supervisor who can be contacted on the day of the pour if there are any issues.
What is the noise bylaw exemption for Saturday mornings?
The City of New Westminster has granted a noise bylaw exemption to permit a 7:00 a.m., rather than a 9:00 a.m., start on Saturdays until late April 2023.
Why is there a noise bylaw exemption for Saturday mornings?
Many things can have an impact on construction work, including unforeseen conditions, inclement weather, issues with material procurement, delivery, production or quality, etc. Although Saturdays are not included as part of the base construction schedule, working on Saturdays is sometimes needed to make up for lost time during the week.
Will construction noise begin at 7:00 a.m. every Saturday?
No. Saturdays are considered a 'catch-up' day. Noisy work will be scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. as much as possible. Workers may arrive on site between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. to work on quiet tasks.
What measures is EllisDon putting in place to reduce the impact of the noise exemption on neighbours?
Measures in place to reduce the impact of the noise exemption:
- Mobile activities such as cutting and grinding will be strategically located away from residents
- Non-road diesel equipment will be monitored and equipped with mufflers, as appropriate.
- Equipment will be turned off when not in use.
- Construction methods will be considered when planning the work (e.g. drilling piles instead of pile driving).
Trucks and parking
What is being done to address truck traffic in the neighbourhood?
Construction trucks are not supposed to drive through the neighbourhood. Please notify us if you see a construction vehicle driving through the neighbourhood. If it is a truck associated with the hospital redevelopment project this will be corrected with the vendor/subcontractor as soon as possible.
Where is truck staging permitted?
Trucks are supposed to stage within the jersey barriers on the south side of Sherbrooke St. by the hospital, as per the traffic management plan approved by the City of New Westminster.
What is being done to address trades parking?
EllisDon workers and its subcontractors are not allowed to park on public streets within a one km radius of the hospital. EllisDon has arranged parking for its workers at the 97 Braid St. parking lot. Workers are also encouraged to take public transit.
What is being done to make sure construction workers are not smoking or leaving garbage in the neighbourhood?
EllisDon has two designated smoking areas within the construction fence and workers are consistently reminded there is to be no smoking outside of these designated areas. EllisDon continues to monitor this and to correct workers’ behaviour to ensure neighbours’ properties are respected. Roads are cleaned of garbage and debris (including any cigarette butts) on Tuesdays and Fridays.
How do I find out about construction updates?
We issue construction notices whenever there may be impacts to neighbours, local businesses, patients, visitors and hospital staff. These notices are posted on our news and updates page and are sent out to our contact lists.
We post updates on the Fraser Health social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn).
In addition, we provide regular updates at the Sapperton Residents’ Association meetings.
Where can I report construction violations?
All comments, complaints and questions can be submitted to the Royal Columbian Hospital redevelopment project office by email at RCHRedevelopment@fraserhealth.ca or by phone at 604-418-5326.
Where can I find out about other construction projects in Sapperton?
The City of New Westminster has information about other local construction projects on their webpage about Sapperton construction projects.