Local contactors get a chance Tuesday to make their pitch to the trio of companies shortlisted for the $79.8-million Royal Inland Hospital expansion.
The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and Interior Health are holding a business-to-business networking opportunity with the three firms in the running to build the RIH clinical services building.
Kamloops companies wishing to promote their services and experience to the proponents were asked to register in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org in order to attend the event at the Plaza Heritage Hotel from 4 to 6 p.m.
Nine design/build forms responded to a request for qualifications. The three companies chosen to move onto the request for proposal phase are Bird Construction Inc., EllisDon Corporation and Graham Design Builders LP.
Graham Builders, based in Alberta, has also been shortlisted in a bid to design, build, finance and maintain the North Island Hospitals project in the Comox Valley and Campbell River.
Ontario’s EllisDon designed and built the first fully-retractable roof stadium, Toronto's SkyDome.
The firm made the news this year by getting both of Ontario’s Liberal and Conservative parties to support a law to abolish a 1958 union deal stating the company could hire only unionized workers.
Bird Construction, founded 90 years ago in Saskatchewan, boasts projects as diverse as a wastewater plant in Fort McMurray, the Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver and the Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre in Surrey.
The successful proponent will be chosen next spring.
Site preparation is now underway on the hospital grounds in anticipation of the start of the project next spring.
Following the invitation to tender issued in September, the contract for site preparation was issued to Edmonton’s Delnor Construction.
The entire project is expected to take two years to complete.