Tenders called for new long-term care facility
The provincial Department of Transportation and Works has called tenders for the construction of the main building to house a new long-term care facility in Carbonear.
Site preparation is nearing completion, and this latest tender represents the next phase of this health care infrastructure mega-project.
The tender also for the construction of a patient residence and a support services building, which will be connected by a double corridor link to Carbonear General Hospital.
The residence will include food and laundry services and a cafeteria that will serve both the long-term care facility and the existing hospital. The support services building will house staff offices, materials storage, receiving docks, garbage disposal and recycling, as well as the main mechanical and electrical rooms.
The work will also see the existing hospital boiler plant expanded and altered to accommodate a new emergency generator and an existing boiler replaced with a larger unit.
The 250-bed long-term care facility is going up adjacent to the older hospital building.
Health and Community Services Minister Jerome Kennedy said in an earlier interview with The Compass, 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 from Budgets 2012 and 2013.
The long-term care building and hospital upgrades will cost the province an estimated $108 million by the time it is ready to admit its first residents in late 2014 or early 2015.
“ Pleased to see the construction of this facility progress to the next phase,” Kennedy said in a news release: “By moving forward with construction of this facility, the provincial government is responding to a need for enhanced...long-term care services, which will allow residents to remain as close to home as possible.”