A debt clock has been on display outside of the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital for over a month to show how long 26 subcontractors for the project have allegedly not been paid.
Photo courtesy of Grande Berg for Grande Prairie Facebook
The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta has ordered that nearly $13 million from $30 million in court-held government funds must be paid to subcontractors who have allegedly not been paid for their work on the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital.A further hearing is set for July 11.Last March, Schendel Mechanical Contracting accused the provincial government of owing it $26 million for work on the hospital. The Edmonton-based company was allegedly one of 26 subcontractors that were collectively owed $60 million.Groups such as the Alberta Construction Association and the Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce have since joined the call for the province to pay the subcontractors.Grant Berg, who ran as the Alberta Party Candidate for Grande Prairie in the Alberta general election last month, had also set up a debt clock outside of the in-progress hospital in support of the subcontractors.“We worked hard on this in the election and feel we made this an issue,” his campaign stated in a Facebook post. “More work needs to be done politically to make the contractors made whole on this. The courts ruling in favour of the contractors and not the government validates our arguments we presented during the campaign.”The exterior of the hospital is now complete with work on the interior ongoing. The hospital was originally projected for completion in 2015, while the price has increased over the last several years to $763 million from $319 million.In September 2018, the province announced it suspended work at the site after terminating a contract with Graham Construction as construction manager, citing issues over the project’s timeline and budget. Clark Builders was later awarded the role of construction manager.No further details are available at this time.