Local residents will be able to stay informed and up-to-date on construction progress for the North Island Hospital Project as two new interpretive centres opened today in the Comox Valley and Campbell River.

The $606.2 million North Island Hospitals Project includes a new $331.7 million, 153-bed Comox Valley Hospital in Courtenay on Lerwick Road near Ryan Road, and a new $274.5 million, 95-bed Campbell River Hospital on the existing hospital site at 375 – 2nd Avenue. Both hospitals are scheduled for completion by late 2017.

“These huge projects have been attracting a lot of attention,” said NIHP Chief Project Officer Tom Sparrow. “Many people like to watch the big cranes and other heavy machinery at work on these sites. One of our Campbell River neighbours actually built his own small viewing platform before we did.”

Sparrow says the new service will offer all kinds of information.

Roughly 440 people are working on the two construction sites at this point, including 75 apprentices. Construction of the new hospitals will create an estimated 1,900 direct jobs and 1,400 indirect jobs over the life of the project.