Supply and Services/Health and Wellness

Contract awarded for Phase 1 of Moncton hospital expansion (05/08/04)

NB 966

Aug. 4, 2005

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Government of New Brunswick has awarded an $11.9-million contract for Phase 1 of a major expansion of the Moncton Hospital.


"I am pleased to announce that PCL/Castle Rock, a joint venture of Dartmouth, N.S., has been awarded the contract for $11,930,099," said Supply and Services Minister Dale Graham. "Construction work for Phase 1 will begin immediately and will involve the foundations, the concrete structure, and the building enclosure. This contract marks the beginning of a major investment in health care in the Moncton region."

In May this year, the government unveiled its plans for a new, $47-million ambulatory care centre project at the Moncton Hospital. When completed, the expansion will include an ambulatory care unit, a state-of-the-art laboratory, a new trauma and emergency department, and additional parking facilities.

The two-storey centre is being built on the site of École Beauséjour on Connaught Avenue. Between 250,000 and 300,000 patients per year are expected to use the facility.

"The government is making the strategic investments necessary to ensure New Brunswickers have access to quality health care," Health and Wellness Minister Elvy Robichaud said. "Better health-care facilities and improved services build a stronger New Brunswick for all."

PCL/Castle Rock is a partnership between two construction firms that submitted the low bid for Phase 1 of the Moncton Hospital project. Castle Rock (Construction Ltd.) is based in Saint John. The tender for Phase 1 was called on June 7, 2005, and closed on July 14, 2005. Five bids were received.

Funding for the project was announced during the release of the capital budget for the Department of Health and Wellness for 2005-2006. A total of $95.73 million is being invested in health-care facilities and equipment around the province this fiscal year.


MEDIA CONTACT: Judy Cole, communications officer, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Johanne LeBlanc, media relations, Department of Health and Wellness, 506-457-3513.