Demolition of Old Hospital Underway

Department of Transportation and Public Works (to Oct. 23 2007)

February 8, 2005 11:28 AM

The exterior demolition of the Old Halifax Infirmary begins
today, Feb. 8 -- and the cafeteria is the first course.

An excavator, specially outfitted with mechanical shears, is
being used to tear apart the cafeteria's concrete roof.

"Today we've reached a milestone in removing this building, which
has obviously outlived its usefulness," said Transportation and
Public Works Minister Ron Russell. "The province is continuing to
work with its municipal partners to find the most beneficial
solution for this important site."

The minister added that the province will work with the
contractor to keep noise and dust levels to a minimum during the
project.

Murray Demolition began the $4.1-million job of tearing down the
building in January. The company continues to work inside other
sections of the old hospital to remove hazardous materials.

The demolition of the Old Halifax Infirmary will be completed by
December 2005.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The exterior demolition of the Old Halifax Infirmary begins

today (February 8th) -- and the cafeteria is the first course.

     An excavator, specially outfitted with mechanical shears, is

being used to tear apart the cafeteria's concrete roof.

     Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell says

today is a milestone in removing the decrepit building from the

city's landscape.

     The demolition will be completed by December 2005.

-30-

Contact: Dan Davis
         Transportation and Public Works
         902-424-8978
         Cell: 902-225-2501
         E-mail: davisds@gov.ns.ca

jal         February 8, 2005         11:28 A.M.