The construction project to update the Johnson County Healthcare Center is still under budget so far, projected to be $500,000 less than expected, according to Hospital Administrator Sandy Ward, who reported to the Hospital Board Wednesday night.
Ward told the board that $10,247,000 has been spent on construction so far, and that he expects the final cost to be right at $12 million, a half a million dollars less than original estimates.
One problem found during recent construction was a fire wall in the old ER did not go all the way to the roof, which was a shock to Ward and others because inspections throughout the years did not identify the problem, he said.
The hospital will finish the fire wall at an added unexpected expense of $37,000, Ward told the board.
Even with the problem, projections are still showing the project under budget overall.
Construction has occasionally created some difficulties as crews have to periodically shut water or other systems off to the entire building during changeover from the old to the new mechanical systems, but it has just been a temporary inconvenience.