The new Hedrick Medical Center building is starting to take shape, with the concrete and steel framing nearing completion.

"We've certainly had some cold days and a few snowy days, but the contractors have been working hard and we've been able to stay right on schedule," said Matt Wenzel, chief executive officer of Hedrick Medical Center.

Chillicothe City Council members had their monthly hospital workshop meeting on site Monday afternoon and toured the facility, both physically and virtually via computer programming.

The final concrete pour for the complex's buildings is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20, and will take place toward the south end of the second floor. On Monday, the slab on grade was poured for the single-story medical office building.

"I think we are all starting to sense the reality that a year from now, we will be preparing to open the doors to a brand new, state-of-the-art healthcare facility," Wenzel said.

Council members on Monday were given a construction update of the hospital project.

The overhead rough-in has started and physical duct work will start going up next week. Fireproofing is taking place this week. Exterior studs and sheeting will soon be erected and, within a month, there will be a lot of the exterior skin activities taking place.

"As quick as we can get our exterior framing up past the roof line on an area, we will start doing our roof blocking and our roofing to get ourselves in the dry," said Marvin Griffin, of JE Dunn, which is the project's contractor.

Structural steel work has been ongoing since November and should be completed early next month. The exterior framing and enclosure began this month and will continue for the next few months. During that time, other interior work will begin, including mechanical duct work, electrical, plumbing, fireproofing and interior framing.

"It is great to see the excitement building around the community and from patients and employees," Wenzel said. "Our hospital employees are finalizing interior furniture and equipment layouts and have been coordinating that information with the contractor."

Coordination meetings with the city, the contractors, the engineers, and the architects are still taking place on a monthly basis to ensure each project stays on schedule.

Project updates can be viewed at Those who are interested can view updated photos of the facility, watch a video animation of the facility rendering, and stay up to date on project news.