Health investment unprecedented
He said last week the fourth phase will be the construction of two dementia bungalows or protective care residences to complement the longterm care facility.
“So there will be three or four things happening all at the same time,” the minister noted.
Kennedy said almost $20 million from Budget 2011 is being spent on the long-term care project this year, and some $35 million will be spent on the project in 2012 and 2013 from the provincial budgets for those years respectively.
In all, Kennedy said, the long-term care building and hospital upgrades will cost the province an estimated $108 million. That’s 10 times the $11 million the Carbonear Hospital cost to build in 1978-79, making it the largest building project of its kind the area has ever seen.
“ This is not only a new long-term care facility, but a major rebuilding of the Carbonear General Hospital,” Kennedy explained, adding that some $4 million from Budget 2008 is going into rebuilding the hospital, including redevelopment of ambulatory care.
Kennedy said having the hospital’s current main entrance moved is key to the project. It has to be done first because it happens to be located where the new long-term care facility will be linked to the older structure via an indoor tunnel or passageway.
The twin four-story structures will take up most of the hospital’s old parking lot, immediately west of the hospital building.
The hospital’s new entrance will be on the north side of the building, facing the east end of Earle’s Lane.
The new long-term care facility will replace three aging facilities — the Pentecostal Seniors Home in Clarke’s Beach, Harbour Lodge and Interfaith Citizens home, originally the Carbonear Red Cross Memorial Hospital.
Meanwhile, Challenger Construction has been preparing the Valley Road site to make way for construction of the new school building. The Torbay firm was awarded a $2.5 million sitepreparation contract last fall.
Construction of the 5,140 square metre educational facility is expected to get underway this year. Projected to cost in the range of $15 million, the school will be designed to accommodate more than 400 students from Kindergarten to Grade 8.
Plans to reconfigure nearby Carbonear Collegiate to accommodate Grade 9 to Level III, will restore a full K-12 school system in Carbonear for the first time in seven years.
The new long-term care facility is expected to be ready to admit its first residents by late 2014 or early 2015.
The new school should be ready to ring its first bell in September 2012 or January 2013.