Workforce in Campbell River and the Comox Valley has topped 1000 people as work moves indoors.
The new hospital sites in Campbell River and Courtenay are busy with workers from across the island and as far away as Newfoundland.
Outside construction is just about complete so now many of the trades are working indoors.
“Most of the external exterior structure is has been completed and now of course is an incredible amount of work that goes on inside these facilities so you have electricians, you have gas fitters, you have ductwork people, metal people, cleaning people” said Tom Sparrow, Chief Project Officer for the North Island Hospitals Project.
The workforce recently topped 1000 people at both sites.
90% of the workers are from Vancouver Island and 63% are from the Comox Valley and Campbell River.
“I would say we’re probably going to peak here in the next month or so and then you’ll see it slowly steadily decline as we work towards service commencement in April of next year” added Sparrow.
The Comox Valley hospital will have 153 beds while Campbell River will be a 95 bed facility.
Both are due to be completed by April 2017 however services will not move to the new buildings until later in the year.
Some workers are from as far away as Newfoundland.
“I love this job, it’s super important. We were working in Edmonton before this and we got the call to come out here and we dropped everything and came out here” said taper Jen Murphy.
There are also roughly 290 apprentices working on the project in areas including plumbing, mechanical, electrical, carpentry and sheet metal.
North Island College an the Industry Training Authority have been major partners in the project.
Island suppliers have benefited as well though the expenditure of $165 million.