There’s a new object on the Penticton horizon — a second crane at the Penticton Regional Hospital.
The second crane began operations Friday morning on the hospital’s Patient Care Tower project.
The new crane is taller than the first crane at 260 ft. and has a lift capacity of 35,300 pounds and 6,800 pounds at the tip.
The second crane is necessary to provide additional coverage at the site. It will also be responsible for constructing the parkade and the helipad at the top of the new Patient Care Tower.
The Patient Care Tower is expected improve access to services and enhance patient care throughout the South Okanagan. It will include a new space for outpatient services, 84 inpatient beds in single patient rooms, five operating rooms and space for the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s medical programs.
The Patient Care Tower and parkade is scheduled to open in 2019.