BHB Announces Selection of Local Technical Advisors to KEMH Redevelopment Project

Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announces that three local firms have been selected as technical advisors to the KEMH Redevelopment Project. The three firms were chosen through a competitive selection process based on a robust evaluation using pre-determined criteria.

BHB has appointed Conyers & Associates, a full service architectural, interior design and project management firm with a depth of knowledge and experience in a number of disciplines, as architectural advisors; OnSite Engineering, which provides structural, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering services, as engineering advisors; and Bermuda-Caribbean Engineering Consultants, a planning and surveying firm with extensive experience in large-scale, multi-disciplinary projects, as urban planning advisors to the project.

BHB Deputy CEO Venetta Symonds says: “These firms bring significant local knowledge regarding planning, design, engineering and construction to the project and are vital to creating output specifications that take Bermuda’s unique conditions into account.”

In November 2008, the addition of a patient tower and ambulatory care centre plus a new central utility plant was announced as part of the plan to redevelop the KEMH site. The design, construction, financing and maintenance of the new facilities will be delivered by a form of public private partnership (PPP) called design, build, finance and maintain (DBFM). It is expected that the first patients will walk through the doors of the new acute care facilities in less than five years.

In collaboration with the clinical advisory team and BHB’s facilities management team, the technical advisory team will be responsible for developing clear and thorough output specifications for the new facilities based on BHB’s requirements. The specifications will be documented in a Request for Proposal (RFP) that will only be released to bidders shortlisted through the Request for Qualification (RFQ) process. The short-listed bidders will submit design proposals for the new buildings, and BHB expects to identify a preferred bidder in the summer of 2010.

The project is on schedule and BHB anticipates groundbreaking in late 2010.

Link 1: Link to the KEMH Redevelopment Project Website

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