Rumours about concrete problems at Masset hospital untrue

  • Nov. 24, 2006 12:00 p.m.

There are absolutely no problems with the concrete at the new north-end hospital, says village of Masset administrator Trevor Jarvis, despite rumours to the contrary. Mr. Jarvis said construction is going well and is on schedule, and there have been no issues that he knows of. The concrete work has been tested and meets all specifications, he said. Rumours have been circulating that there is some kind of problem with the concrete, but these are completely untrue, Mr. Jarvis said. The village of Masset included information about the concrete in its latest newsletter to reassure residents. The rumours probably stem from the fact that the contractor working on the hospital, Grand Construction, is the same contractor working at the Qay’llnagaay Heritage Centre in Skidegate. That project did experience significant concrete problems. “This thing crops up every couple of weeks,” Mr. Jarvis said. “I’ve gone over it with the actual contractor, Grand Construction,” as well as the architect, David Nairne and Associates, and Northern Health. “There are no problems with the concrete… All the concrete has exceeded expectations.” The contractor has poured the foundation and is now building walls. Next step will be putting on the roof, then the floor. It looks like the contractor will probably continue working through December rather than taking an extended Christmas break because the job is going so well, Mr. Jarvis said. The project is not being affected by the suspension of ferry service because materials will be delivered by barge instead, he said.

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