The contract is now signed and December 6 Bourgon Construction had the shovel on site to start the $4 million construction project to renovate the former Morrisburg Collegiate Institute.
“The first steps are the demolition and abatement,” said South Dundas chief administrative officer Steve McDonald.
As part of the demolition, a small entrance way was removed from the old high school building, the canopy was removed from the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic building and the main entrance was blocked off. McDonald explained these exterior demolitions will make way for the addition that will house the elevator.
The contractor is eager to get the services into the building and the foundation poured for the addition while the weather is still good. Tuesday, a section of Ottawa Street was closed while the street was dug up to get those service into the building.
While work is taking place on the outside, interior demolition is also taking place, with doors and entrances being removed.
While the construction project is taking place right next to the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic, Stephen McCann the clinic’s operations manager, said that it is business as usual at the clinic.
“The parking lot has been sectioned off for the construction, but we have retained about a third of it for parking,” said McCann. Access to the clinic is, one way, off Ottawa Street as usual, but they are asking that patients exit around the rear of the building on to Second Street. “We are working on some fencing to help guide people along the preferred route.”
Patients will enter the clinic using the door on the north side of the building and once inside that door are asked to proceed through the secondary waiting room to the reception desk in the main lobby where they would normally enter the building.
McCann asks that motorists using the clinic parking lot take extra caution as those pedestrians exiting the building are very close to the roadway.