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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 10:36 AM CST

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After more than 100 years of service to the hospital, officials at Misericordia Health Centre have pulled the plug on the Maryland South building.

The building, the first phase of which was built in 1906, met with a 5,000-pound wrecking ball Wednesday morning, and the meeting was decidedly one-sided.

Bricks, concrete and other materials rained down as the ball smashed the building's roof, eliciting squeals of delight from the students at Mulvey School, who watched from the schoolyard as the building across the street took blow after blow.

The old girl did put up a bit of a fight, at one point fraying the supportive cable enough to disconnect the wrecking ball from the crane — something project superintendent George Vincent said isn't uncommon in largescale demos.

It's expected to take 35 days for the Maryland South building to be completely demolished and the rubble cleaned up.

Over the years, the building has been home to interim care and acute care units, a cafeteria and a chapel, but hospital brass have been planning its replacement for more than two decades. The project is finally being realized as part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment project that will see a new two-storey health complex rise in the Maryland South building's place. The new complex, to be built over the next 18 to 24 months, will house the Buhler Eye Care Centre, an ambulatory diagnostic centre, and a health centre for seniors touted as a "one-stop shop" for everything from rehabilitation to social activities.

Phase 2 of the redevelopment plan will see the Sherbrook Building on the other side of the hospital demolished and replaced with a new chapel and front entrance, as well as space for medical programs.

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A wrecking ball was used to help demolish the Maryland South building at Misericordia Health Centre in Winnipeg on Jan. 11, 2012. The building is being torn down as part of a redevelopment project. (PAUL TURENNE/Winnipeg Sun)

Students and staff at Mulvey School watched from the school yard as the Maryland South building across the street was demolished on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2011. The building demolition is part of a redevelopment project at Misericordia Health Centre in Winnipeg. (PAUL TURENNE/Winnipeg Sun)

A hospital staff member watches a wrecking ball destroy the Maryland South building at Misericordia Health Centre in Winnipeg on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2011. It will take more than a month to completely demolish the building and clean up the rubble. (PAUL TURENNE/Winnipeg Sun)

A wrecking ball was used to help demolish the Maryland South building at Misericordia Health Centre in Winnipeg on Jan. 11, 2012. The building is being torn down as part of a redevelopment project. (PAUL TURENNE/Winnipeg Sun)

A wrecking ball was used to help demolish the Maryland South building at Misericordia Health Centre in Winnipeg on Jan. 11, 2012. The building is being torn down as part of a redevelopment project. (PAUL TURENNE/Winnipeg Sun)

A frayed cable caused the wrecking ball to disconnect and fall into the building's interior during a demolition at Misericordia Health Centre in Winnipeg on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. The project's supervisor said that's not an unusual occurrence since the ball is being dragged in and out of jagged holes. (PAUL TURENNE/Winnipeg Sun)

An artist's rendering of the new two-storey structure planned to replace the Misericordia Health Centre's Maryland South building. The $43-million expansion is expected to be complete in 2013. (HANDOUT)

The Maryland South building at Winnipeg's Misericordia Health Centre was demolished Jan. 12, 2012. (HANDOUT)Reader's comments »

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