Bell says Wood Innovation Centre still on track
Although constructing the Wood Innovation and Design Centre was not in the throne speech, MLA Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training said city residents should see shovels in the ground on the project this spring.
“The actual tendering process is almost complete,” Bell said. “About a week or so ago the three short-listed proponents provided their technical submissions. Those are being reviewed by the project board which will ultimately decide who the successful proponent will be.”
He added that towards the beginning of March they’ll provide final financial submissions.
“It will be fairly routine since the funding envelope is at $25.1 million,” he said. “They will be measuring not so much the monetary side of the bid as the quality, size and innovation provided.”
After that it’s a matter of announcing the proponent, signing the contract and getting those shovels in the ground.
“We hope to have a contract signed and a proponent announced by mid-March, and construction shortly thereafter,” Bell said. “If the weather continues the way it’s been we hope to get in the ground right away.”