The new health centre is still not ready to be turned over to the territorial government.
“The contractor is continuing to work towards substantial completion in keeping with the original project timeline of December 31st,” stated a Nov. 13 e-mail from Nicole Bonnell, a spokesperson for the Department of Public Works and Services (PWS), in response to an inquiry from The Hub.
“Deficiencies that are being addressed are primarily associated with the completion and acceptance of the fire insulation on the structural steel,” added Bonnell. “PWS continues to work with the contractor toward an earlier completion date.”
The turnover had initially been expected ahead of schedule in mid-September.
At that time, the contractor requested to be granted substantial completion.
By the department’s definition, a contract is considered substantially complete when it is performed to the point where a facility can be safely used for the purpose intended, and any remaining work should be relatively minor.
However, as part of the substantial completion approval process, PWS technical staff inspected the building and systems to ensure the project had been built in accordance with the approved plans and specifications.
In comments in late September, Bonnell said, “Through these inspections, some deficiencies were identified that need to be rectified before the government can grant substantial completion. These deficiencies are primarily associated with the building’s air balancing system, and the completion and acceptance of the fire insulation on the structural steel.”
The Hay River Health and Social Services Authority had been planning to begin a two-month-long move to the new facility from H.H. Williams Memorial Hospital in early October, until the transfer was delayed.