Bertram builds $3 million Simcoe County paramedic station on schedule despite expedited winter construction challenges

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Bertram Construction (Ontario) Ltd. Is working on construction of a new Elmvale Paramedic Station for Simcoe County.

The $3 million project is expected to be completed in early October, following an expedited nine-month construction schedule.

The 544 sq. m. Single story building includes a 329 sq. m. dual bay paramedic station with a lounge (ready room), offices and backup generator. There is also a 225 sq. m. low capacity day centre for seniors including a patio, Murphy beds, and barrier-free conditions.

“We were given the green light to start construction in late 2018, with our mobilization the first week of December,” says project co-ordinator Tyson DeNobrega.  The rapid construction schedule meant excavation and foundations need to be completed “through the dead of winter,” he said.

“Measures had to be taken to prevent the ground from freezing and to provide the concrete footings/foundation walls with a proper environment to cure. An insulated tarp tunnel with forced air propane heaters in conjunction with stage excavation were use to fen off the bitter winter weather.

“It was a difficult task but with the proper panning and the dedicated work of our superintendent and forming contractor, the foundations were complete on time an passed inspections with flying colours,” DeNobrega said.

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