Health unit building late, but on budget – Ontario News

Health unit building late, but on budget – Ontario News

A little behind, but still on budget.

That’s the word from medical officer of health Dr. Jim Chirico on the construction progress of the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit’s new headquarters on Oak Street.

Chirico said Thursday construction is about two months behind the original timeline, with substantial completion now slated for June 16, instead of April 16.

“We’re very pleased, however, that we’re still on budget,” he said, noting the delay has mainly been due to a setback in obtaining windows.

Although windows are now being installed, Chirico said contractors had to wait some time due to a hold up with the manufacturer. He said that’s a key reason much of the exterior of building still looks unfinished. A lot of interior work, however, was completed during the winter, said Chirico.

He said all of the health unit’s employees – about 150 people – were originally expected to move to the new location this spring. But Chirico said that’s likely going to happen this summer instead.

He said the health unit feels “very confident” the project will be completed on or under budget.

Construction of the building is pegged at $14.9 million. But the entire project is estimated to cost about $20 million, including furnishings and preparation.

A new building has long been in the works, with the health unit indicating it had outgrown its current accommodations, including a main office at Commercial Street and several satellite locations. It has said there have also been privacy and occupational health and safety issues.

The province, which provides the lion’s share of funding for public health, does not…

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