The Central Abaco Mini Hospital is progressing steadily toward completion with government sources eyeing the possibility of the completion of construction by years end barring delays.
According to Alan Sharpe, Director at Coastline Construction, the mini hospital is about eighty percent complete and despite some foreseeable delays the progress has gone as expected.
Mr. Sharpe said they are presently waiting for connection to BEC to move forward which is currently being worked on by the National Insurance Board (NIB) and is likely to be completed soon.
He noted that “external works was a challenge because of the gray area between what we were given and what we should have been given.” The Mini Hospital site grounds were supposed to be leveled before Coastline began work; however, it was given to them without that happening and only recently has it been sorted out.
According to Mr. Sharpe the remaining twenty percent of work involves a good bit of external works including power and water connections, back-up water tank and then the paving of the parking lot with lighting, markings and signs.
Internal works include lights, electrical and floors and then medical equipment which the government is in the midst of getting final approvals and ordering.
He said that changes are expected in the ordering of medical equipment as “From the time the contract was signed to where we are today some technology may have changed and they have to re-evaluate what equipment they are getting.”
So there will be some expected delay as Coastline will have to make adjustments depending on exactly what equipment they will be getting. He said they are also not able to get certain doors yet as they don’t know which security locks will be used. “So when the consultant sorts it out and tell us what to do we’ll be able to complete some of those things.”
While it seems frustrating, he said that “at the end of the day you know you’re going to get a better job. The delays are of the sort you’d expect for the construction of a mini-hospital – there’s no reason why this can’t be built to first world standards and that’s what they are trying to do.”