The steel framework of the new Hedrick Medical Center is taking shape and construction remains on schedule at this time.

Project representatives provided an activity summary to Chillicothe City Council members during their workshop meeting Monday evening at City Hall. Progress reports are given monthly.

It was noted that Hedrick Medical Center reached a small milestone in November, with the start of the structural steel being erected. The last of the steel is expected to arrive on site after Jan. 1, and its placement should be completed in late February or early March.

The exterior skin is expected to start going up in January and will continue for several months. More contractors are expected to arrive after the first of the year.

Representatives stated that crews have been pushing hard to avoid doing a lot of concrete work in cold weather, noting that it can get too cold to pour concrete. They said they watch the weather daily and plan accordingly.

Crews will be working everyday, except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

The erection of the structural steel for the medical office building will follow the hospital. JE Dunn provided a guaranteed maximum price letter for the medical office building and the amount is within the budget originally anticipated for the MOB.

The signage consultant has also been selected. APCO Graphics, Inc., has been selected, and will begin concept drawings of the various signs across the site, hospital, and MOB.

HWA, the project architect, continues to review and approve submittals.

The sanitary and storm sewer work has been completed

To date, approximately $5 million has been spent on the hospital and $480,000 spent on the medical office building.

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