Minrav to build emergency underground hospital

The facility at Haifa's Rambam Hospital will provide protection from nuclear weapons.

Minrav Holdings Ltd. (TASE:MNRV) has won the tender from Rambam Hospital in Haifa to build a three-floor underground car park, which can be used at short notice as an emergency hospital. The cost of the work will be NIS 250 million.

Minrav, controlled by CEO Avraham Kuznitsky, beat Meshulam Levinstein Contracting and Engineering Ltd. LEVI), Danya Cebus Ltd. (TASE:DNYA), Uri Dori Engineering Works Corp. (TASE: DORI) and Solel Boneh.

The project covers 90,000 square meters and is being financed by the government, the Ofer family, the Rappaport family, and the Yosef Fishman family.

Foundation excavations covering 20,000 square meters are currently being dug with millions of cubic meters of brackish groundwater being pumped into the sea.

In regular times the three storey underground facility will be used as a car park for 1,500 vehicles and will provide a solution for the lack of parking at Rambam Hospital. In an emergency the facility can be transformed into a hospital for 2,000 patients and will provide protection from nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

The work is expected to take 22 months.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on February 22, 2010

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