Construction resumes at Burnaby development after negative coronavirus test

Mar 2 2020, 2:56 pm

The construction site for the first phase of the City of Lougheed residential and retail development came to a standstill late last week as a precaution after a worker arrived with a fever.

But work activity resumed today after medical authorities determined the worker does not have the coronavirus.

“The worker is safely resting at home and the project site is fully operational,” reads a release issued today by ITC Construction Group, the main contractor for the project at the northwest corner of the intersection of Austin Road and North Road in Burnaby.

This comes as the threat of COVID-19 grows globally and locally, with the eighth case of the coronavirus in BC confirmed over the weekend. There are currently two dozen confirmed cases of the illness across the country.

Just south of the border in Washington State, four new deaths due to the coronavirus were confirmed today, bringing the total fatalities in the state to six.

“Safety is a primary concern on all of our job sites. Our team responded diligently to preserve the safety of all workers on site and we are taking the necessary precautions until we receive confirmation from the medical experts on the official diagnosis,” reads last week’s release.

The City of Lougheed is developed by Shape Properties. The first phase of the project entails four towers — 57, 50, 30, and 31 storeys — with a combined total of 1,543 homes and 117,000 sq. ft. of commercial space.

When all phases of the 37-acre mall redevelopment are complete, there will be nearly 10,000 homes within over 20 towers and about 1.5 million sq. ft. of new retail — more than doubling the retail space of the old shopping centre.