Case Study: Once complete in 2021, the Dartmouth General Hospital redevelopment project presents the biggest healthcare upgrade project in Nova Scotia in quite some time; increasing the hospital’s capacity substantially to be able to administer healthcare work previously completed at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax.
Contract Administrator/Prime Consultant
Dartmouth General Hospital’s redevelopment project is part of the QEII New Generation redevelopment project, which is a significant, multi-year project forecasting how Nova Scotia will meet the needs of its residences over the next 50 years.
The 4+ year project valued at over 150 million dollars targets LEED certification and incorporates a new entrance, two existing floor renovations, as well as entirely new wing. The Neville J. Gilfoy wing is comprised of a three-story expansion of operating rooms, an outpatient center, endoscopy unit, sterilization facility, and increased space in the waiting and reception areas. Named after Neville J. Gilfoy, a local Dartmouth resident and business leader remembered for his contributions to his community, the hospital opened to patients and visitors in December 2019.
The remainder of the major renovations, including inpatient units, a new intensive care unit, a new intermediate care unit, diagnostic imaging department, enhanced pharmacy, as well as an expansion of the dialysis unit is anticipated to be completed in 2021.
Contract Administration is overseen by both DIALOG and Lydon Lynch Architects, with Lydon Lynch Architects representing the local Contract Administration presence, in addition to communicating directly with the Client, Nova Scotia Transportation Infrastructure Renewal, for scope change reviews and approvals.
DIALOG recognized the importance of using Onware as their contract administration software for the Dartmouth General Hospital redevelopment at its onset because Onware provides real-time accessibility, notifications of project information from any location, and also out-of-the-box flexibility.
In addition to the challenge of the project team spread across multiple provinces: DIALOG in Toronto, Lydon Lynch in Halifax, and PCL Construction and the hospital in Dartmouth, the project’s document processes and flow of information are quite unique. Despite these challenges, DIALOG quickly and easily met the needs of the project by modifying, refining, and tailoring Onware’s contract administration construction software.
With over 300 settings, customizations are easily managed within Onware’s contract administration software to adjust the document review workflow processes, create customized letterheads specific to Nova Scotia Transportation Infrastructure Renewal, and provide project-specific Consultant discipline identification.
- The three-story expansion was named after Neville J. Gilfroy, a lifelong resident of Dartmouth and a community and business leader.
- Expected to be complete late summer of 2021
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