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HEALTH ENVIRONMENT


drawings commenced. Geotechnical investigation was also conducted. Record drawings of underground utility services at the site were sketchy and hydro-vacuum excavation was required to locate the services. An action plan was charted out to ensure completion of all foundation work under winter conditions. As soon as the ground thawed, site grading and compaction and concrete paving could proceed. Pergola installation, landscaping, tree planting and flower beds would be completed in April/May and the official opening in June. This indeed was to become an aggressive project schedule. Excavation and boring for cast-in-place


Excavation and boring for cast-in-place concrete piles started in the first week of January 2013.


25 July 2012 and tender documents were completed on 5 September2012. The pre-tender construction cost estimate


was $428,000, consisting of $210,900 of base design and $217,100 of options. The CCIVA had earmarked $300,000 for the project. Despite the substantial budgetary shortfall, it was decided to call bids for a base price and separate prices for optional items right away. This arrangement had worked well for minor work bidding, which was often unpredictable due to market conditions and opportunities. The bid acceptance period was extended from 30 to 45 days to provide additional time for the review of base bids and separate prices for contract award. In the meantime, CCIVA sought additional funding from government, not-for-profit organisations and private sector corporations. The Alberta Cancer Foundation (ACF) rose to the call and endorsed the project with a generous financial undertaking.


The bidding process On 17 September 2012, three contractors were invited to bid as scheduled. Two bids were received and opened on October 11, 2012. As the bids were examined, it was


surprisingly noted that the lowest bidder also submitted an offer to underwrite some the of construction costs. The bidder, Delnor Construction Ltd, together with sub- contractors and suppliers, had joined forces to make a generous donation to the project. The contract was subsequently awarded to Delnor. What was originally a project embarked upon by the volunteers at the CCI had become a reality through the joint efforts of a fruitful and collaborative relationship between the CCIVA, ACF, and Delnor. The next steps included preparation for long delivery material orders and shop


concrete piles started in the first week of January 2013. Underground utility services immediately posed major challenges. A layer of asphalt from the apron of the former loading dock was found 1.5 m below the site. Utility services under a feature wall were especially congested. A gas main was found directly under pile no.5, with water main, sewer drain and power cables close by. Hydro vacuum excavation and pile boring had to be conducted piece meal. Piling for the pergola was eventually completed on 5 April. Foundation design for the feature wall had to be changed to a hybrid of piles and grade beam. A power cable under the monument had to be relocated for its foundation. Following completion of all foundation work, site grading and compaction was undertaken. At this juncture the project was over two months behind schedule. As site grading and compaction


progressed nine existing trees started to show signs of distress. Project landscape architect submitted an assessment that ‘…varying degrees of damage has occurred to all the


‘Patients and staff enter and experience a new realm of holistic cancer care.’


IFHE DIGEST 2015


The was garden officially opened in September 2013.


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