Construction starting soon on Labrador college

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Development Colby company lowest bidder for project

The MHA for Labrador West expects steel to be going up soon for a new college campus.

Jim Baker said the tender for the new College of the North Atlantic closed July 10 and even though the contract hasn't been awarded yet, Colby Construction was the lowest bidder.

"The lowest bid was $18 million," he said. "It's a bit higher than we originally estimated, so with entire construction costs, we're now looking at $22 million. We were only expecting $18 million total."

The MHA for Labrador West expects steel to be going up soon for a new college campus.

Jim Baker said the tender for the new College of the North Atlantic closed July 10 and even though the contract hasn't been awarded yet, Colby Construction was the lowest bidder.

"The lowest bid was $18 million," he said. "It's a bit higher than we originally estimated, so with entire construction costs, we're now looking at $22 million. We were only expecting $18 million total."

The contract, Baker noted, will be awarded sometime this week and in the meantime, H.J. O'Connell Con-struction is working on the site development while CGI Development works on the water and sewer.

O'Connell's, he said, expects to be finished with the site work this week, and construction of the one-storey facility with a two-storey shop should start shortly after that.

"The college will be first at the top of the hill," he explained. "We expect to see the concrete work and, hopefully, some steel work this year. I don't know (if it'll be closed in before the winter). It depends on how fast the contractor can move."

Baker admitted the tender for the college was open longer than most, but it's a fairly complex project including mechanical and electrical work and potential bidders asked government for more time to do detailed cost estimates.

He recognizes people are impatient and would like to see more going ahead at the college site, but it takes time to build a facility.

"We will see it done," he said. "It's longer than we hoped for originally - the year delay with the site didn't help matters - but we still anticipate it will open in 2011. Nothing is cast in stone, anything can happen, but that's the expectation."

Baker said there have been a lot of questions about the pace of all provincial projects this year, but he added it's important to remember there's a lot happening this summer.

The Department of Transportation and Works, he pointed out, takes care of all infrastructure projects, but he thinks Labrador West has been getting high priority and he will continue to push for speed and efficiency.

Organizations: Labrador college, College of the North Atlantic, Colby Construction Department of Transportation and Works

Geographic location: Labrador West

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  • Barry Hunt
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    I guess he thinks we need a college more than we need a Hospital. When was the hospital promised? Let me guess could it have been the last election?

  • LCC alumni
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Why couldn't the old Labrador City Collegiate be used as the trades college when it wasn't being used for anything else?
    All the new buidling is going to be is a one story thing with a two story shop, according to The Telegram.

    LCC was a large useable buidling with a two storey shop already there that used to be the industrial arts room. They could have expanded that shop at minimal costs and had use of a large nice school with labs, cafeteria, gym, seperate wings for different trades and an administration area and teachers area already built. It also had an art room, dark room and small students smoking lounge in it.

    It even had an old bomb shelter underneath (I know because i was in it) that could have been used to train guys for small space work or rescue.

    Unbelievable waste of money building that new building, when what they need is already there and in the center of town next to a shopping center.

    wow

  • Barry Hunt
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    I guess he thinks we need a college more than we need a Hospital. When was the hospital promised? Let me guess could it have been the last election?

  • LCC alumni
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Why couldn't the old Labrador City Collegiate be used as the trades college when it wasn't being used for anything else?
    All the new buidling is going to be is a one story thing with a two story shop, according to The Telegram.

    LCC was a large useable buidling with a two storey shop already there that used to be the industrial arts room. They could have expanded that shop at minimal costs and had use of a large nice school with labs, cafeteria, gym, seperate wings for different trades and an administration area and teachers area already built. It also had an art room, dark room and small students smoking lounge in it.

    It even had an old bomb shelter underneath (I know because i was in it) that could have been used to train guys for small space work or rescue.

    Unbelievable waste of money building that new building, when what they need is already there and in the center of town next to a shopping center.

    wow