Eastern Health has awarded a $1.2 million contract to JMJ Holdings Limited for demolition of the Agnes Cowan Hostel at the Health Sciences Centre.
Demolition will facilitate construction of the province’s new 102-bed adult mental health and addictions hospital. Demolition activities will begin in the coming weeks and is anticipated to be completed later this spring.
Work is also continuing on a new link to connect the Janeway Hostel to the Health Sciences Centre, as well as work to relocate a number of building utilities.
Proposals from the three teams of companies to design, build, finance and maintain the new adult mental health and addictions hospital (Atlantic Healthcare Group, Avalon Healthcare Partnership, and NL Healthcare Partnership) are due in April.
Proposals will include details on the design and construction of the new hospital, a parking garage with space for 1,000 vehicles, and the hostel. The successful proponent will be required to develop a training program for local apprentices, as well as a plan to assist with hiring tradeswomen.
The contract is expected to be awarded this summer with construction scheduled to start in the months following.
Construction of the new adult mental health and addictions hospital fulfills a commitment in The Way Forward to deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at: thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.
“Hundreds of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are working on our major infrastructure projects, such as the long-term care homes in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor and the new west coast hospital in Corner Brook. We look forward to construction beginning on this new mental health and addictions facility later this year.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Transportation and Works
“Demolition of the Agnes Cowan Hostel is another step towards the construction of the new mental health and addictions hospital. As this project progresses, we continue to have discussions with our partners to ensure we have a hospital that meets the needs of our population. Complementing this, we are also working on establishing community-based services and supports in all parts of the province, so people can receive the care they need closer to home.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services
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Emily Jane Gillingham
Transportation and Works
Health and Community Services