Government Awards Contract for Former CBC Building Demolition

Tuesday March 3, 2020

The province is another step closer to the construction of a new outpatient centre on the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEll Health Sciences Centre, that will see more than 700,000 visits a year.

A tender to demolish the former CBC building on Bell Road was awarded to Asbestos Abatement Limited today, March 3, as part of the QEll New Generation project.

"The expansion of the Halifax Infirmary site is the heart of the QEII redevelopment," said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. "The demolition of the former CBC building is an important step to make way for a new health-care facility that will serve hundreds of thousands of Nova Scotians each year."

Most of the services at the new outpatient centre are currently offered at the Victoria General site of the QEll and do not require an overnight stay in hospital. The new centre will allow for the services to be offered in one location. Services include:
-- dialysis
-- diagnostic imaging (X-rays, ultrasounds and CT scan)
-- QEII eye care centre
-- heart health clinics and cardiology services such as stress testing and electrocardiogram (ECG) endoscopy, ear, nose and throat procedures
-- blood transfusions and drug therapy
-- orthopedics, plastic surgery, urology and oral surgery clinics

Along with the new outpatient centre, the Halifax Infirmary expansion also includes a new cancer centre, inpatient centre (operating rooms and hospital beds) and a new research, innovation and learning centre.

This work will allow services to be moved out of the aging Centennial, Victoria and Dickson buildings on the Victoria General site, supporting their eventual closure.

The cost of the contract is $1.38 million.

"The QEII redevelopment is an investment that will benefit patients, families, staff and the community for years to come. Every Nova Scotian deserves quality health care and the demolition of the CBC building marks an important step forward in building heath-care capacity for the future of the province."
     - Paula Bond, vice president clinical infrastructure, QEII New Generation project

Quick Facts:
-- the province purchased the former CBC building in November 2017
-- demolition of the former CBC building is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020
-- QEII New Generation project team and WildBrain will continue to use the former CBC building until the end of March
-- it is a once in a generation project that will transform how we deliver health care to Nova Scotians
-- other components of the project include the expansion and renovations at Dartmouth General Hospital, a new community outpatient centre in Bayers Lake and a new and renovated operating room at the Hants Community Hospital