No delays expected
Construction of Carbonear long-term care facility on target
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
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.