Alberta government fires contractor for Grande Prairie Hospital project

By CHAT News Today
September 10, 2018 - 4:25pm

EDMONTON, AB — The Alberta government is looking for a new contractor to take over construction of the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital project.

Alberta Infrastructure announced on Monday it had removed Graham Construction as construction manager for the project, and has issued a request for proposals to fins a new construction manager.

“This was not a decision that was made easily,” said Infrastructure Minister Sandra Jansen in a statement. “I have been clear that this project is a government priority and that’s why we are taking action to construct this hospital as quickly as possible. The actions taken today will provide greater certainty around the completion of the new hospital.”

Work on the site has been suspended until a new construction manager is hired.

In July, a notice of default was issued to Graham Construction, and the company had 15 business days to submit a proposed mitigation strategy. According to the province, the strategy was submitted on August 17, but was rejected by the province, claiming “the plan did not provide the certainty that was needed in terms of timeline and budget to complete the project.”

The province is expected to hire a construction manager in October, with work resuming in November.

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