The latest phase in the construction of two new North Island hospitals was rolled out this week.
Requests for qualifications for contractors to prepare the sites in Campbell River and in Courtenay were issued by the Vancouver Island Health Authority. The requests create a short-list of potential bidders.
The hospitals are expected to cost up to $600 million, but final costs are not yet known. About $80 million will go to clinical equipment, said Tom Sparrow, chief project officer for the North Island Hospitals Projects.
Three teams were shortlisted last month to design, build, finance and maintain the new hospitals. A request for proposals to the proponents will be issued next year. Groundbreaking is expected about March 2014.
The Tandem Health Partners team includes Victoria's Farmer Construction and Stantec Inc. Arbutus Healthcare Partners includes Victoria's Campbell Construction. The other includes the Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd. and PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc.
Construction is expected to be finished in March 2017. The overall project will create about 1,900 direct jobs and more than 1,400 indirect jobs.
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