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Wrecking ball clobbers Winnipeg health centre
Posted: Jan 11, 2012 9:57 AM CST Last Updated: Jan 11, 2012 12:07 PM CST
A section of the Misericordia Health Centre in Winnipeg met up with a 5,000-pound wrecking ball on Wednesday.
But it was Mother Nature that provided the initial beating. The freezing weather caused the crane hydraulics to act up, seizing the equipment. Workers had to use a torch to heat it up to get it moving again.
Then the wrecking ball fell off inside the building. No one was hurt and it was finally reattached but the work was significantly delayed through the morning.
The century-old Maryland South building is being demolished as part of the $43-million redevelopment project.
A new two-storey health complex will be constructed in its place.
When the work is complete, Misericordia will be home to the province's eye care "centre of excellence" and will also house a new diagnostic imaging centre, a chronic care unit, a sleep lab clinic and renal dialysis centre
The centre will also introduce a "program of integrated managed-care for the elderly," or PRIME, that will combine medical and nursing care with leisure activities and family respite.