Valley firm secures $835,000 Queens hospital renovation job

by Keith Corcoran

Queens General Hospital in Liverpool is getting a third floor renovation worth close to $1 million.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) recently awarded Buildon Construction of New Minas, Kings County, a $835,347 tender to revamp that portion of the School Street building. The procurement was awarded in April.

The work includes altering existing meeting, training and storage area space to establish a new Duty Room Suite consisting of three sleep rooms, washrooms and a staff lounge and kitchen.

Most of the work is centred on the third floor, but some alterations are necessary on the second floor, reads the tender document.

The scope of the work includes demolition, architectural, mechanical and electrical tasks.

The work is connected to the new concept in the Western Zone, which includes the South Shore, involving the Dalhousie School of Medicine longitudinal integrated program, said NSHA spokesman Brendan Elliott. It's a partnership between the NSHA, physicians of the South Shore, and the Dalhousie School of Medicine.

"Curricular guidelines from the medical school necessitate access to call rooms that will be used by students while on-call," Elliott told LighthouseNOW.

A call room, or on-call room, is a room in a hospital with either a couch or a bed intended for staff to rest in while they are on call or due to be.

"Additionally, the call rooms are also for physician use and not exclusively at the disposal of medical students," he said. "The opportunity to proceed with renovations is a benefit for the longitudinal clerkship program as well as a resource for on-call physicians.

Similar renovations are also planned at Bridgewater's South Shore Regional Hospital.

Ductwork replacement is also part of the job. The project involves some of the duct distribution and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) controls. There are revisions and modifications intended for, as the tender reads, "the existing walls and ceilings to accommodate the new HVAC installation within the spaces."

The job also includes "renovations to the existing electrical power system to accommodate the new mechanical equipment," the tender record indicated.

In addition, Buildon Construction is required to "provide architectural woodwork including kitchen cabinetry, desks, wardrobes, nightstands and ... vanities" and "new finishes throughout the Duty Room Suite and surrounding areas."

The work at Queens General is expected to take four months to finish once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted to allow construction in the facilities, Elliott said.

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