The provincial government is expecting a report from Stantec within the next week to 10 days that will guide how it proceeds with construction of a new hospital in Corner Brook.
Premier Kathy Dunderdale and Health Minister Susan Sullivan both reiterated the government’s committment to seeing the project proceed during a media scrum at the premier’s west coast office in the Sir Richard Squires Building on Wednesday.
Despite delays and a lack of money budgeted for the project in the last couple of years, Dunderdale said the province is “absolutely committed” to building the hospital.
She referred to the work currently being done by Stantec, an engineering and project management company, as significant and that it will guide the province’s next steps in the project.
Sullivan said Stantec has been tasked with providing a functional programming piece for the project.
“So what we can build here in the western area of the province is something that’s going to suit the needs of the entire region and is going to be right sized to do what needs to be done not just now, but into the future.”
Sullivan said once the province receives and reviews the report from Stantec it will move towards developing a functional plan and design work around that plan.
She wouldn’t provide a timeline for that, but said it is something the province wants to do as quickly and efficiently as possible.