Construction of the New CHUM: 95% of Suppliers from Québec

MONTREAL, Nov. 8, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Collectif Santé Montréal (CSM), the consortium responsible for the financing, design, construction and maintenance of the future CHUM, is proud to recognize the huge contribution of local Québec suppliers to the construction project.

Since contract signing 16 months ago, the project has progressed steadily and the consortium has easily been able to find local suppliers upon issuing calls for tenders. During this time, CSM has worked to develop ties with Québec companies, thereby encouraging local economic spinoffs. One of the initiatives implemented has been working with the Ministère des Finances et de l'Économie in order to find Québec-based companies that are active in the procurement sectors related to this major project's execution.

"These efforts have contributed to achieving impressive results, with 95% of contracts awarded to Québec businesses," states Luc Fouquette, the consortium's General Manager.

In 2012 alone, 66 out of a total 69 contracts were awarded to subcontractors from Québec. The results have been similar with calls for tenders: 99 of a total 113 were issued in Québec, a remarkable proportion that CSM intends to increase.

To date, the consortium has completed preparatory work, such as building a temporary energy plant. It has also completed a tunnel and major excavation, concrete and casing work. With four cranes in use, on-site construction is intensifying, and the architecture and design of the hospital complex's buildings is advancing in parallel.

Throughout the summer, the procurement team made purchases for important work packages, including curtain walls which are to be assembled and installed by local contractors. The consortium is relying on the expertise of eight specialized buyers.

Overall, the project has hired 290 employees, 234 of them hailing from Québec. This number will increase as the project calls for more workers. As such, at the peak of construction, between summer 2013 and summer 2014, more than 1,200 workers will be working on the site, with the majority obviously being from Québec.

Bear in mind that the partnership agreement between CHUM and Collectif Santé Montréal is valued at 1.97 billion dollars (AV). The consortium's first delivery is scheduled for 2016, and essentially consists of building a 21-storey hospital that includes 772 beds, an outpatient centre and a logistics building.

In addition to costs incurred for legal, financial and management services, the consortium is contributing to the local economy in many ways, most notably by purchasing goods and services, hiring staff and workers directly or through its partners, and spending considerable sums on various building, excavation and road closure permits.

"With this announcement, we simply wish to call attention to the vital economic role that Canada's largest hospital construction project is playing in the Montréal region and across Québec," adds Mr. Fouquette.

About Collectif Santé Montréal
Collectif Santé Montréal is a consortium consisting of Innisfree Canada Ltd., Obrascon Huarte Lain, S.A. (OHL), Laing O'Rourke Corporation Ltd. (Laing O'Rourke) and Dalkia Canada Inc. Its mission is to design, build, finance and maintain the future CHUM. Operating under the name Construction Santé Montréal Construction, contractors Laing O'Rourke and OHL are drawing on the experience of many major regional and international subcontractors, such as architects Cannon Design (Canada) and DCYSA (Montréal), engineers HH Angus, Pasquin St-Jean, Roche and Groupe SM, and Montréal construction firms EBC and Magil. Two separate project construction phases will take place over a nine-year period starting in 2011. Once construction has been completed, Dalkia Canada Inc. will be responsible for CHUM's maintenance over a 34-year period.

SOURCE: Collectif Santé Montréal

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Stéphane Mailhot
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Collectif Santé Montréal
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Telephone: 514 394-1440, ext. 336

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