Builders chosen for hospital

| 19/03/2012

DrDevi1_2.jpg(CNS): Dr Devi Shetty’s local team has revealed that Clan Construction Ltd, a Cayman-based company, has been selected as the general contractor to supervise and build phase one of the Narayana Cayman University Medical Centre, as Shetty’s hospital is formally known. According to the firm’s boss, Neil Armstrong, there will be opportunities for around 300 tradesmen on the project and Clan will be employing as many Caymanians as possible. He said preference would also be given to local sub-contractors and to local suppliers of equipment and materials.

Armstrong said providing employment and benefits to Caymanians was a “requirement” that was stressed to Clan Construction during the contract negotiations.

Project Director Gene Thompson said a design/build agreement had been signed by the parties and that Clan Construction, headed up by owner Neil Armstrong, will be assisted by DeAngelis Diamond Health Care Group of Naples, Florida, which has experience in providing specialty services for construction of state-of-the-art hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Phase one is being designed to be efficient both from an operational standpoint and from a clinical standpoint, a spokesperson from the Shetty group said. The intention is to build using Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF), and the building will be constructed to withstand hurricanes and will have full standby power and water. Consideration will be given to the area, and the first building will be a two-story, low-density structure that will be oriented to take advantage of the trade winds and the sun.

“Mr Thompson has indicated that we will be on an extremely aggressive construction timeline,” Armstrong said, “We are prepared to staff up and begin work once the preliminary site preparation work has been completed.”

Phase one of the facility will include at 140-bed tertiary care hospital and groundbreaking is expected in August of this year. The hospital is expected to open to its first patients in September or October 2013.

The initial phase will be built on 50 acres in East End known as “High Rock". Future phases will include an expansion of the hospital facility, an assisted-care community, a medical university and a biotech park.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Since nobody else seems to have picked up on this:  are you aware that Dr Shetty's organization was selected as one of the world's 50 most innovative companies by Fast Company magazine?



  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh my goodness,Neil.  Why, oh why, would you ever want to take on this project.  Have you not heard that big is not always best.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think your confusing big with a CIG job.  In which case you would not need to do much more than documentation, get started, get a court date, and get paid.

    • Anonymous says:

      I believe he is still upset about being the first man on the moon and MJ getting all the credit!

  3. Like It Is says:

    October 2013 just started to look very very optimistic.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The developer negotiated with one general contractor?  Why did they not invite bids from various general contractors on island, to ensure they will get value for money?  Seems to me, that would be the logical thing to do.  But then, nothing logical ever happens here anymore.    

    • Anonymous1 says:

      This is the people private business, they do as they please. Why does every one think that they can keep on telling people how to run their business. Just be glad that there will be a chance to get some work. This is not a political party for you to kick around.

      • Anonymous says:

        It doesn't matter whether they are a private business or not, the fact is, they have gotten HUGE concessions from our government in waivers of duty, work permits and also changing of local legislation.   Given that construction industry has slowed so much and general contractors on island are looking for work, the least they could have done is invited bids to ensure they are getting best value for money.  Seems more like a contrived "arrangement" if you ask me.  I have never heard of this construction company – can anyone enlighten us what projects this construction company has done on island and how long they have been operating and if any politician has ownership in it?

        • so Anonymous says:

          Would you like some cheese with that whine?

        • I agree says:

          Maybe Ellio should have negotiated with Shetty when they came looking for concessions to ensure that they used local labour and materials as well. If Govt is giving up revenues then make sure you maximize benefits elsewhere. But as usual this govt has its head up its ***

    • Anonymous says:

      It's a design/build contract, a bit like our cruiseship piers. When you have money for building you invite bids, and when you have no money for building you look for someone to "work with". I believe that particular catch phase is a favourite with our own big cheese.

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  6. The lone harangued rides again. says:

    Let the building begin.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This seems to be a new construction company ~ how long have they been operating here in the Cayman Islands and do they have any local partners that could be conflicted?

    • Anonymous says:

      You are a bit slow, they i.e. the owners, have been around for a very long time.

       Tell all your un-employed brethren to apply for a job.

  8. Married to a Caymanian says:

    I hear they are a good company so well done, good luck.  Get going and welcome Dr. Shetty.

  9. Anonymous says:

    ummm aren't they house builders?

  10. Grant says:

    Congrats Neil… I'm glad it went to such a good company!

  11. Anonymous says:

    What great news. Finally something positive and this island now will boast of the best health care in the region and kudos to all involved to getting it done.

    • Anonymous says:

      Best healthcare in the region?  You obviously know very little about Shetty's business model!

  12. Anonymous says:

    No doubt the firm's boss will be:

    "laying one small brick for man, and one giant boulder for mankind"