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Construction continuing at Port Hawkesbury NSCC residence

Construction is continuing to proceed at the site of a new residence building at NSCC's Strait Area Campus in Port Hawkesbury. It is on track to be completed by the end of the year. Contributed
Construction is continuing to proceed at the site of a new residence building at NSCC's Strait Area Campus in Port Hawkesbury. It is on track to be completed by the end of the year. CONTRIBUTED
PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. —

Construction of the long-awaited residence for Nova Scotia Community College’s Strait Area Campus is continuing to proceed.

A tender for a series of five components has been issued for the project: finish carpentry, hard tile, resilient flooring, painting and new residence specialties. The campus is located at 226 Reeves St., Port Hawkesbury.

The tender call closes on April 15.

“The intent of this bid call is to obtain an offer to supply all the necessary labour, material and other services specified herein to perform and complete the work located at the Strait Area campus,” the document states.

In an email, NSCC spokesperson Kathleen Cameron wrote that the residence is on schedule to open in December. She noted the design is complete, along with the environmental and geotechnical assessments.

The project is scheduled for occupancy in January or February 2021.

She also wrote that in consultation with the province, the college is continuing with construction activities.

Construction of the new residence at the NSCC's Strait Area Campus in Port Hawkesbury continues to progress. This is a conceptual drawing of what it will look upon completion. CONTRIBUTED
Construction of the new residence at the NSCC's Strait Area Campus in Port Hawkesbury continues to progress. This is a conceptual drawing of what it will look upon completion. CONTRIBUTED

“Currently construction crews at the Strait Area campus residence project are working within the regulations outlined by the province and industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, respecting the limits we have on our campuses currently,” Cameron wrote. “With the project separate from our campus, there is physical separation from the limited number of NSCC staff still working from the campus itself. We have a consultant on site who specializes in industrial hygiene to ensure that protocols are being followed and to provide support to on-site crews. We have improved site hygiene facilities, including the installation of portable washrooms with hot water for handwashing.”

She added the college will continue to adjust the work as directed by provincial and federal governments and public health agencies.

The tender notes that dust-generating activities are to be minimized. In areas where dust may affect the public, the work of others, areas with finished sections or in technical areas with installed dust sensitive equipment, the subcontractor is to provide, maintain and relocate, dust-tight screens and provide a negative pressure environment, if necessary.

The tender notes that, because NSCC supports the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Program, only contractors who participate in the apprenticeship program will be allowed to work on the project.”

The 51-bed residence, $8-million project was announced last year.

The new 20,000 square-foot standalone residence is being constructed on the campus site.

The residence will be fully accessible, built to Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification standards, and will also meet LEED standards for environmental sustainability, he noted.

The Port Hawkesbury campus hasn’t had a residence in years since the third floor of the Provincial Building was used for that purpose, housing 70 beds at peak. However, the space was ultimately claimed by the province for other purposes.

The tender document released after the project was announced noted that there is potential for NSCC to expand its offerings at the campus’ Nautical Institute to serve a broader range of students and clients through its existing range of programs and potential program additions. However, it also notes the constraints of the local housing market as an obstacle.

In the residence, 12 rooms will be dedicated to short-term marine training students, as there are limited suitable local hotel accommodations.

The Strait Area campus currently consists of two distinct buildings, the main campus and the fire training centre.

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