Government awarded the contract today, Oct. 5, for construction management services for the Dartmouth General Hospital expansion and renovation project to PCL Constructors Canada Inc. The planned expansion and renovations are part of the QEII redevelopment project and include construction of space for 48 beds on the fifth floor, eight operating rooms to replace four existing operating rooms and adding four more, and extensive upgrades to outpatient and diagnostic imaging areas. This is in addition to work already underway on the third and fourth floors. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2017. “The Dartmouth General Hospital expansion project is a key part of modernizing our provincial health system and better connecting Nova Scotians with the care they need,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. “We have asked the project partners to keep us informed and updated on each major element of the QEII redevelopment project. These checks and balances are part of our accountability to Nova Scotians to ensure the overall project and project costs are managed closely.” The cost estimate for the entire Dartmouth General Hospital project remains between $132 million and $138 million, announced earlier this spring. “This is an exciting step forward as we work to expand services at the Dartmouth General Hospital,” said Dr. Todd Howlett, site leader at Dartmouth General Hospital and acting medical executive director for Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Central Zone. “When completed, Dartmouth General will play a more significant role in providing care to the community of the greater Halifax area. “We are excited to be part of the transformation of health care within our province.” Once complete, some patients and surgeries that do not require the specialized care provided by the QEII Health Sciences Centre will be moved to Dartmouth. Some others will be provided through outpatient services. Updates on the QEII redevelopment project can be found at: http://QE2redevelopment.ca.