HALIFAX, N.S. — The Province of Nova Scotia has reached an agreement with Plenary PCL Health to start advanced work on the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre in the next few weeks.
The agreement covers initial work that needs to be done which includes site surveying, blasting preparation and construction office setup, to prepare the site for the acute care tower, a new facility that will have 216 beds, 16 operating rooms, an intensive care unit and a new emergency department.
Crews will begin work to extend the current emergency department, providing flexibility for patient flow during construction. Excavation and the relocation of mechanical and electrical utilities will also be done to prepare the site for the building, states the release, adding temporary parking options will be created so the Robie Street parkade can be demolished.
The province is investing $254 million in this phase of the project which is expected to be completed in early 2024.
“We are excited and focused on the operational and clinical requirements that support this significant build,” said Dr. Alex Mitchell, vice-president of clinical infrastructure at Nova Scotia Health and Build Nova Scotia, in a statement.
“We acknowledge there will be some disruption and are working hard with our partners to reduce the impact to patients, health care workers and the communities we serve. Other projects coincide with this work including the QEII Community Outpatient Centre in Bayers Lake. New facilities like this will help reduce overall traffic to the Halifax Infirmary site as we continue to build better health care for Nova Scotians.”