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Two major projects for Corner Brook contractor

Brook Construction hired for school in St. Alban’s and Botwood care expansion

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Brook Construction, based in Corner Brook, is going to have a busy 2020 construction season.

The provincial government has announced two significant contracts in as many days for the company. There is the construction of a new school for St. Alban’s, and an extension to the Dr. Hugh Twomey Health Centre in Botwood.  

The combined total estimates for the contracts reach over $22 million. 

On Friday, Brook Construction founder, owner and president Ted Burden said the company will be able to handle both jobs.

The company has completed projects of similar type and size in the past, including a school in Gander and the Humberwood Addiction Centre.

The largest of the two contract awards is for a replacement to the former Bay d’Espoir Academy, destroyed by fire in early 2017. The new school will be built in St. Alban’s, with the contract valued at $16.2 million. 

The school is expected to offer 50,900 square feet of space, with 16 classrooms over two floors, taking in about 210 students in K-12. There will be labs, an art room, a library and a music room, plus a fitness centre and full-size gymnasium, according to a description from the province.

Construction is expected to start next year, with the school opening in September 2021.

The extension to the Dr. Hugh Twomey Health Centre in Botwood is for a new protective care unit. The contract awarded is valued at about $6.1 million. 

The province says the extension will be about 16,250 square feet on a single storey, with 20 rooms for residents, a lounge and a nursing station. The project plan includes adding a garden where residents can also spend time, attached to the existing health centre.

“This contract will lead to a modern and comfortable living environment for residents in the central region who need protective care,” Transportation and Works Minister Steve Crocker stated in a news release this week. 

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has been rolling out announcements of contract awards this week. On Tuesday, a contract valued at just under $19 million, for the replacement of Gander Academy, was awarded to Marco Services.

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