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November 17, 2018

Clark Builders takes over troubled Grande Prairie hospital project

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Clark Builders will take over as the new construction manger for the $763-million Grande Prairie Regional Hospital, the provincial government announced Friday.

A dispute with the previous contractor, Graham Construction, led to the province issuing a notice of default, all work on the site being suspended and the Calgary-based construction firm saying it would pursue a claim for damages.

In the meantime, residents of the northwest Alberta hub have been waiting for work on the long-awaited new hospital to resume.

“Clark Builders provided an excellent submission to our (request for proposals) and has a proven record in completing complex health-care facilities,” the province said in a statement. “Clark Builders has just successfully completed work on the Stanton Territorial Hospital renewal project in Yellowknife.”

The province estimated initial work will start soon, with construction activity on-site ramping up in January with 300 to 400 tradespeople on-site.

“We are taking this phased-in approach to allow the new construction manager time to mobilize the site and to finalize agreements with the sub-trades,” the statement said.

According to the province, the new construction management fees are within the current capital budget of $763 million.

The province also addressed if the same tradespeople previously working on the project will be on-site once construction resumes.

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