The first tender for construction services at the Dartmouth General Hospital was issued today, March 14. This expansion and renovation is part of the QEII redevelopment project. The tender is for site services, excavation, underground services, foundations and structural concrete for the new addition and a new emergency generator building. It also includes renovation of the loading dock area, elevators for the new addition and relocation of the bulk oxygen storage tanks. The expansion and renovations at the Dartmouth General will result in space for 48 beds on the fifth floor plus eight new operating rooms to replace four existing operating rooms and extensive upgrades to outpatient and diagnostic imaging areas. This is in addition to work already underway on the third and fourth floors. The deadline for submissions is April 13. Details of the tender are available at http://novascotia.ca/tenders/tenders/ns-tenders.aspx. Additional tenders for construction services are expected to be released later this year. This construction is expected to begin in May but work is already taking place in preparation for the expansion and renovation project. Ongoing work can be viewed online at https://youtu.be/NVCRMbbXyI0. The cost estimate for the entire Dartmouth General Hospital project remains between $132 million and $138 million. The QEII redevelopment includes projects at the Halifax Infirmary, Dartmouth General Hospital, Hants Community Hospital and other sites that will support the eventual closure of the Centennial and Victoria buildings in Halifax. For updates on the QEII redevelopment project, go to http://QE2redevelopment.ca.