The Crawford County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees voted to approve construction bids for the organization’s replacement hospital project at a special board meeting on Tuesday, September 8.
The official approval marks one of the final steps necessary before major construction can begin on the 78,000 square foot replacement hospital and 16,000 square foot adjoined provider-based rural health clinic.
“With a project of this scope, there was a tremendous amount of planning and pre-construction paperwork that needed to be completed,” said Mark Rinehardt, CEO, Crawford County Memorial Hospital. “Officially approving the construction bids represents an important step that ensures this project will continue moving forward. Our staff is thrilled beyond words that we are getting closer to beginning major construction work.”
In addition to approving the final building construction bids, the board also issued notices to proceed for work involving building concrete, precast, steel, mechanical and electrical.
A bulk of the overall project – construction alone of the new building – was divided into 12 different bid packages totaling $16.6 million. This final figure is about 25 percent lower than architects estimated construction would cost – saving the hospital around $6 million.
The total project, including site acquisition, grading, construction, parking lot paving, landscaping, equipment and supplies installation, and financing and interest fees, is now expected to cost around $31 million. Financing includes $18.2 million in USDA 90 percent guaranteed loans and $10 million through the sale of bank qualified revenue bonds. The hospital has already received a conditional commitment for guarantee from USDA. Additionally, the bonds have been sold, with a closing date for final paperwork set for September 15. After closing, the money from the sale of the bonds will be held in trust to allow the hospital to pay expenses related to the project.
Almost four years after beginning preliminary studies related to building a new facility, Rinehardt notes there is now just one final step for Crawford County Memorial Hospital to take before major construction work begins.
“The board of trustees will sign the official construction contracts at the September 28 board meeting,” said Rinehardt. “After that, we expect to have a public groundbreaking ceremony either later that week or by mid-October.”
Some highlighted features of the replacement project include:
- 25 private patient rooms, each with its own private bath
- A separate ER entrance away from the main entrance
- An expanded specialty clinic area– meaning more space to accommodate patients and additional physicians
- Entire layout of building on one level – making it very handicap friendly
- More physician’s clinic space to allow recruitment of additional providers
- Enhanced privacy and security features throughout the facility
- Addition of hospital’s own MRI system
- State of the art surgical suite that will double the hospital’s operating room space and allow for additional equipment and possible procedures
The new Crawford County Memorial Hospital replacement facility is tentatively scheduled to open in May or June 2011.