The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) and the BECK Group signing two (2) contracts today at the Cabinet Office for major capital works at the Princess Margaret Hospital and Rand Memorial Hospital. The contracts signed to the tune of approximately ninety million dollars ($90M), are for the planning, design, and construction administration for capital works expanding and upgrading PMH (Nassau) and RMH (Freeport).The works make up a major part of the overall redevelopment plan for the nation’s premiere hospital in New Providence, the Princess Margaret Hospital, and the only tertiary hospital in Grand Bahama, the Rand Memorial
Presiding over the signing ceremony was Minister of Health, the Honourable Renward Wells, who was joined by the Board Chairman Julian Rolle, Deputy Chairman Lynda Gibson and senior executives of the PHA including PHA’s Managing Director, Catherine Weech and Deputy Managing Director, Lyrone Burrows. Representing the BECK Group was Chief Executive Officer, Fred Perpall.
Remarking that once again BECK has been called upon to lend its expertise to a project of national significance, Minister Wells said, “Today, with the execution of these two contracts BECK will once again lend its knowledge and experience to the planning, design, and construction of a four-storey tower on the Princess Margaret Hospital campus, which will house Maternal and Child Services, and Medical and Surgical clinical areas; and a new multi-storey tower for in-patient care and ancillary services at the Rand Memorial Hospital (RMH).”
Wells further advised, “BECK will utilize top Bahamian talent available with respect to the architectural and engineering components of the projects. Local contractors in New Providence and Grand Bahama who meet requirements will be selected through a fair, transparent and fully accountable process; and at the end of the day the Bahamian people will see the results for themselves.” The BECK Group spearheaded the planning and design of the multi-million dollar Critical Care Block at PMH which was commissioned in 2014. Noting the pride it gives him as a Bahamian leading a project which is so significant to national development, BECK CEO Fred Perpall said, “BECK has been in business for over one hundred (100) years, and we have had the good fortune to build buildings all over the United States and Latin America; and while I have taken pride in being the CEO for the last nine (9) years, there’s no project that feel like this.
No project that feels more important than helping to rebuild the hospital where I was born, where my wife was born, where my mother was born, and where the people I love most come for service. So today is a particular point of pride for me and for all my colleagues at BECK.” Perpall advised that BECK’s approach to project management will ensure that ninety percent (90%) of all funds will be spent with local contractors, subcontractors, and engineers. “We intend to bring the best of what we do internationally and pair it with our local professionals so that we can build our hospitals for ourselves.”
PHA Chairman, Mr. Julian Rolle, noted that PHA was pleased to be working closely with BECK again and he advised, “The undertaking of these two projects, one at the Rand Memorial Hospital and one at the Princess Margaret Hospital highlights the PHA’s continuing commitment to strategic health development.”
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