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Canada moves forward with tender process for Nova Scotia hospital development
Fundraising - JULY 23, 2019

Canada moves forward with tender process for Nova Scotia hospital development

by Kali Persall

The Government of Nova Scotia together with the Department of Internal Services of Nova Scotia have issued a request for proposals for two separate developments that comprise the C$2 billion ($1.5 billion) QEII New Generation Project in Nova Scotia.

The first RFP will allow the three companies short-listed to lead the contract to design, build, finance and maintain a new community outpatient center in Bayers Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality, to compete for the winning bid, according to the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Bidders include Bird Integrated Health Partners, Community Health Partners and EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare. The companies will have until February 2020 to submit their bids.

A request for supplier qualifications for the expansion of the Halifax Infirmary Site for the center has also been released, with a short-list anticipated by the end of July.

The expansion includes construction of the new QEII Cancer Center, outpatient center, inpatient center, including hospital beds and operating rooms, and the new innovation and learning center.

Health and wellness minister Randy Delorey called the Halifax Infirmary “the heart of the QEII New Generation project.”

On June 26, the Canadian federal government approved C$1.6 million ($1.2 million) in funding to demolish the existing CBC Building on the Halifax site, freeing up land slated for the expansion.The province purchased the building, along with two acres of land and a 93-space parking lot, in November 2017 for C$4.5 million ($3.4 million).

DHX and the QEII New Generation project team will continue to use the CBC Building until the end of 2019.

A request for proposals will be issued in fall with demolition scheduled to begin in February 2020.

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