No de­lays expected

Con­struc­tion of Car­bon­ear long-term care fa­cil­ity on tar­get

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN THE COM­PASS

Con­struc­tion on the $108-mil­lion long-term care fa­cil­ity tak­ing shape ad­ja­cent to the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hospi­tal is pro­ceed­ing on sched­ule, say those close to the project.

The Com­pass had been hear­ing com­ple­tion of the megapro­ject could be de­layed by up to two years, largely due to labour short­ages in the skilled trades.

But that came as news to the en­gi­neer in charge of over­see­ing con­struc­tion on the project.

Ken Shugarue, for­merly of River­head, Har­bour Grace, is manag­ing the con­struc­tion phase of the project for El­lisDon, the Mis­sis­sauga-based engi­neer­ing firm, which was awarded a $73.7 mil­lion con­tract to con­struct the main build­ing for the new long-term care fa­cil­ity in Fe­bru­ary. El­lisDon is North Amer­ica’s largest de­vel­oper of new hos­pi­tals and health care fa­cil­i­ties.

“From our end, the end date is the same,” Ken Shugarue said last week.

Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy told The Com­pass in an in­ter­view last fall the fa­cil­ity was expected to take four years to build and should be ready for oc­cu­pancy and open­ing in 2014 or 2015.

Steel has al­ready started to go up at the site, Shugarue said Sept. 13, and, “by the mid­dle of next week, you’ll see a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in that site from where you see it now.”

He ex­plained the mass ex­ca­va­tion and all blast­ing has been com­pleted, the con­crete stair­wells are go­ing up and struc­tural steel has started to rise.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing that, “from a pro­vin­cial point-of-view, there is a short­age of skilled trades in New­found­land and Labrador, but noth­ing that’s hit our project.

“We’re rockin’ out there,” he said, re­fer­ring to the Car­bon­ear project.

While the Depart­ment of Health will take over op­er­a­tions of the fa­cil­ity once it’s com­plete, the con­struc­tion

Photo by Bill Bow­man/the Com­pass

From the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hospi­tal, pa­tients and staff have a bird’s eye view of the mas­sive four-story build­ings go­ing up to house the new $108-mil­lion, 250-bed long- term care fa­cil­ity. The 18,500 square-me­tre struc­ture is tak­ing shape in the form of con­crete stair­wells/el­e­va­tor shafts and struc­tural steel ris­ing from the con­crete foun­da­tion. De­spite ru­moured de­lays in com­ple­tion, of­fi­cials say con­struc­tion is on tar­get for oc­cu­pancy in 2015.

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