Contract for new hospital site prep announced

Site preparation for the Lakes District Hospital and health centre replacement project has been awarded to Yellowridge Construction Ltd.

Northern Health announced that the contract for the site preparation work for the Lakes District Hospital and health centre replacement project has been awarded to Yellowridge Construction Ltd from Port Moody, B.C.

Yellowridge Construction will begin the site preparation work on Aug. 7, 2012 in Burns Lake and finish in the fall of 2012.

“People will now be able to see the physical work being done onsite in preparation for the new hospital,” said Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad on behalf of Health Minister Michael de Jong. “There’s been a tremendous amount of time and effort put into planning the new facility, and it’s great to see progress will now be made on the ground.”

The site preparation work contract is approximately $1.3 million and includes the contract to Nickel Brothers for the relocation of the existing nurses’ residence. As the site preparation is not included in the design-build procurement package, it ran as a separate tender competition.

Yellowridge Construction was established in Port Moody, B.C. in 1961 and is a successful builder that has previously worked on other projects in Northern B.C.

“The regional hospital district is pleased to see the project moving into this new phase, bringing us closer to the planned completion in 2015,” said Ralph Roy, chair of the Stuart Nechako Regional Hospital District.

Site preparation will include removal of existing building services, installing new water and sanitary sewer services for the new facility, relocation and removal of portions of the perimeter fencing, and abatement and movement of the existing nurses’ residence, including disposal of the building’s concrete foundations.

As the site preparation is in progress, the procurement process for the design-build contract for the Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre Replacement continues.

The request for qualifications closed on July 19, 2012 and the shortlist is expected to be announced in late summer 2012. The preferred proponent for the design-build contract is expected to be announced in spring 2013, and construction to be completed by the summer of 2015.

The total capital cost of the project is estimated at $55 million.