Construction for the new Hedrick Medical Center complex in north Chillicothe is progressing as planned.

The hospital footings are completed and footings for the medical office building are nearing completion. Project contractor JE Dunn has completed the majority of the preliminary site work and site utilities, as well as the turn lane from U.S. Highway 65.

Chillicothe City Council members visited the site Wednesday afternoon, prior to their regular council workshop and meeting.

Structural steel, which arrived throughout October, is expected to start going up next week. To date, approximately $3,269,000 has been spent on the hospital, and about $387,000 has been spent on the medical office building.

During October, JE Dunn completed the preliminary site utility and dirt work, as well as completed the storm and sewer piping in the MOB area. Concrete for the dock walls at the hospital were placed and work began for the plumbing, water main for the hospital, and the primary power feed conduit.

There are about 20 workers on site daily; however, it is expected that through the winter after the exterior of the building is completed, there will be more than 70 workers on site.

The city council Wednesday evening was presented with a list of subcontractors for the hospital project. The lone local company on the list was Chillicothe Iron and Steel, providing structural steel in a bid amount of $1,417,241. Local contractors received an invitation to bid on various aspects of the project, and the invitation was also advertised in the newspaper and on the radio.

City Attorney Robert Cowherd suggested that an eliminating factor for local contractors may have been the perceived requirement that contractors would need audited financials available in order to be considered. Project representatives stated that audited financials were listed, but not required to be considered for the project.

The council was told that they would soon have the guaranteed maximum price for the medical office building.

The hospital project is slated for completion by early 2014, at a cost of $41 million.