Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News
In this Week’s Editor’s Note:
- Port Alberni: Phase 3 of the $7 million Connect the Quays
- Courtenay: $4 million Puntledge Sanitary Catchment Replacement/Comox Road Sewer Crossing
- Campbell River: Construction Manager required for 153 bed Long Term Care Home project
Port Alberni: Phase 3 of the $7 million Connect the Quays
The city is preparing for the final stage of its $7 million Connect the Quays project, connecting Harbour Quay to Victoria Quay, and is considering funding sources for a remaining $1.3 million to fund the project. The first two phases of the project, near the train station on Harbour Road and at Roger Creek Park, are currently under construction by Bowerman Construction Ltd and are expected to be completed by June of this year. Construction and Design costs for the first two phases cost $4 million. The final phase includes three major components; the Harbour Road intersection redesign for the connection between Tyee Landing and Roger Street following the Dry Creek waterway, and finally from the Pemberton Waterpark to Victoria Quay.
Courtenay: $4 million Puntledge Sanitary Catchment Replacement/Comox Road Sewer Crossing
Council has adopted a bylaw that increases the budget for the Puntledge Sanitary Catchment Replacement/Comox Road Sewer Crossing project to $4 million funded from $3.5 million in debt and $500,000 from Sewer Asset Management Reserves. The existing Puntledge Sanitary river crossing is at the end of its service life and presents a potential environmental and public health risk. This is a planned upgrade that the city expects to tender in Q1 of 2024. The budget increase is the result of anticipated cost increases due to contaminated soils in the area. Recent changes in environmental regulations has changed how soils contaminated with Arsenic are handled, despite the fact that Arsenic is naturally occurring in this area. In addition, the City is considering switching the 5th Street road works (in front of Lewis Center) to night work, should the Puntledge project end up in conflict with the Comox Valley Regional District’s Conveyance project. The traffic impacts of both projects could be significant. The loan amount is within the City’s approval-free limit, and does not require Electoral approval. The annual debt servicing costs are expected to be $229,748 based on a 30-year loan amortization period at a rate of 4.69%.
Campbell River: Construction Manager required for 153 bed Long Term Care Home project
Vancouver Island Health Authority is seeking a Construction Manager for the Campbell River Long Term Care (LTC) Home Project. The scope includes a new LTC Home on the west side of the North Island Hospital Site and immediately west of Yucalta Lodge. The three-storey, 153 bed LTC facility will be approximately 18,000 gross square metres. Included within the overall bed count is one ten-bed hospice unit, one 26 bed unit for a specialized LTC population of younger residents, and one 26 bed unit for convalescent and restorative health care. Other program areas include a bistro, a hairdresser, therapy treatment and other services, multipurpose spaces, an adult day program space, a reception area, a lounge, administrative areas, and a 37 space child daycare. The project will also include spaces for a loading dock, a kitchen, facility support spaces, storage, and parking for 176 cars. Construction is expected to commence in May 2025 with completion by May 2027. This tender closes February 22; see the tender section for more information.
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