Nearly $2 mil. in contracts signed for hospital repairs
Nearly $2 million in contracts were signed yesterday by the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) for roof repairs and the installation of two new cooling systems at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).
Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said Caribbean International A/C Services Limited was awarded a $1.15 million contract for the cooling systems.
“Today, we will sign a contract for a complete turnkey service for the supply, installation and commission of two Smartt AD065 chill water systems for the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) in the Princess Margaret Hospital’s Critical Care Block,” Sands said.
He added, “The upgrade will alleviate cooling issues experienced in the past in the hospital’s Critical Care Block and its surrounding areas, capping an intensive series of remedial initiatives undertaken by PMH to repair and restore the A/C system.”
Sands said the hospital’s air conditioning issues were “unexpected” and “incredibly problematic”.
“You know, the Critical Care Block was only commissioned in 2014 so to imagine that we would be having such major, expensive repairs to be done,” he said.
“…I mean this problem started in 2017 [and] was a shock but it speaks to a challenge of maintenance and we hope that moving forward we’re going to be beyond that.”
Sands said the project will take five to six months to complete.
He said Ringo & Sons Construction and General Maintenance was selected for the second phase of roof repairs at the hospital.
Sands said the contract is valued at $632,756.
“Phase one roof repairs were undertaken in 2018 and you may recall, Ringo & Sons successfully completed the phase one works to the satisfaction of all concerned,” Sands said.
“Phase two will include the removal of the existing metal roofing panels and substrate from some 20,000 square feet of the hospital roof to be replaced with hurricane zone rated panels and substrate.”
Sands said the repairs are expected to be completed before November.
The minister said the projects will not impact the day-to-day operations of the hospital.
He said the projects will “largely complete” major capital works at PMH for the year.
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