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Hospital contractor tells province to “do the right thing” in payment dispute

The firm originally tasked with building the new hospital in Grande Prairie is urging the provincial government to atone for their mistakes. It’s alleged millions of dollars of work on the project is still unpaid.

The issue came to light Monday after Edmonton-based subcontractor Schendel Mechanical said they are owed nearly $26 million for what amounts to about three years of work and materials owed.

In response, Graham Construction says, “politicization of the issue is cold comfort for the likes of Schendel Mechanical, who, like Graham, is an employee-owned and Alberta-based company.”

The company adds that while current legal cases will provide some relief to those potentially feeling the pinch, everyone should be encouraged to join any potential court proceeding.

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“The government now has the opportunity to do the right thing.”

Mayor Bill Given has also expressed his concerns about the allegations.

“While there is a court process to sort that out, I think there are some concerns about how much money is set aside for that court process and how much money will actually get through the prime contractor and down to the sub-trades,” he told Monday.

Graham Construction was relieved of its duties at the hospital in 2018 and was replaced by Clark Builders. The hospital was originally slated to open in 2015.

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