JCHC Construction Mostly on Schedule

Construction at the Johnson County Healthcare Center continues
Construction at the Johnson County Healthcare Center continues

Construction at the Johnson County Healthcare Center is on schedule, for the most part, according to Hospital Administrator Sandy Ward. The construction is happening in two concurrent phases, Ward said, with the first phase being the new building to house the hospital's mechanical systems.

75% of the boilers, chillers and other such systems will be housed in the building; Ward said that construction is on schedule and should be completed by the end of January 2011.

Phase Two is where most of the delays have occurred, Ward indicated.

The roof on the Phase Two portion will follow after the walls are erected, and will enclose the new emergency room and lobby area. Construction, Ward said, should move rapidly once the area is enclosed, and should be completed by the end of next summer.

After Phase Two is completed, the ER will move into its new area and Phase Three will begin.

And finally, Phase Four will have medical records moving into where the lab is now, Ward said.

All of the construction in these four phases is expected to be completed by February of 2012. The cost of the entire project was estimated at $12.5 million, with an $840,000 contingency. Ward said only $40,000 of the contingency has been spent, and if everything continues as it has so far, the project could come in under budget.

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