Massive seniors’ care facility on time and budget, CRD told

 

Capital Regional District staff are hopeful a seniors’ care facility under construction will come in at or under its $65-million construction budget.

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“From a financial perspective as it relates to the project, we are cautiously optimistic that we are on track for the $65-million total construction portion of the budget,” Nelson Chan CRD chief financial officer told directors this week.

More than $17 million in construction contracts for the Summit at Quadra Village facility were approved Wednesday by Capital Regional District directors — a total that came in significantly under estimates.

Chan said awarding eight tenders this week means 80 per cent of construction costs have been contracted.

“So we’re pretty confident on where we’re headed financially on this project,” he said.

The 320-bed care facility will offer complex residential and dementia care. It is being built at an estimated cost of $86 million, including the $65-million construction cost, as a replacement for Oak Bay Lodge and Mount Tolmie Hospital, which have both reached the end of their lives.

The total value of the contracts awarded this week was $17,269,774, which CRD staff said is 13.8 per cent under the budget of $20,040,800.

The contracts issued were part of an omnibus tender call in May.

The CRD has managed to secure under-estimate bids through the use of construction managers to “proactively seek out additional qualified tender applicants to ensure that the market is fully aware of the project and understands the details of the specifics of the project,” said CRD chief administrative officer Bob Lapham.

“So that particular addition to our construction oversight has been quite valuable in getting tenders — and getting qualified tenders that understand the design details and understand the scope of the project.”

The contracts — approved by board members sitting as the Capital Regional Hospital Board — are part of the project’s “main works packages, dealing primarily with the building envelope, interior partitions and the electrical system.”

The contracts approved include:

• $5,879,172 (and $176,375 contingency) to Canem systems for the electrical work.

• $4,775,000 (and $143,250 contingency) to Dryco Systems for gypsum board work.

• $2,025,881 (and $60,776 contingency) to Topline Roofing for pre-formed metal siding work.

• $1,459,258 (and $43,778 contingency) to Topline Roofing for modified bituminous Membrane Roofing.

• $1,116,293 (and $33,489 contingency) to Fraser Valley Industries for cabinetwork.

• $857,400 (and $25,722 contingency) to Rob Tournour Masonry for concrete masonry work.

• $617,770 (and $18,533 contingency) to McGregor & Thompson Hardware for wall and door protection.

• $539,000 (and $16,170 contingency) to Alliance Engineering Works for structural steel work.

The Summit at Quadra Village is to be completed in spring or summer of 2019.

The Capital Regional Hospital District is designing and building the Summit at Quadra Village for Island Health, which will run the facility.

The hospital district is the project’s general contractor and will continue to own the land and building.

bcleverley@timescolonist.com

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