Chillicothe City Council members on Monday evening toured the new Hedrick Medical Center now under construction, and received an update of the project’s progress.
Crews are continuing to work on the exterior wall framing and will soon install flashing and windows. Roof work continues as well as interior wall framing. Council members also saw a sample mock-up wall of the exterior material that will be placed on the hospital.
Winter weather caused about two weeks in delays, according to representatives with project contractor JE Dunn.
“Weather has been very hard on us,” said Marvin Griffin, with JE Dunn. “We missed some days, but we stayed productive.”
After touring the facility, the council gathered for a workshop meeting, at which time, HMC CEO Matt Wenzel presented information about the hospital’s request to the city to place a 3,000 square-foot metal building at the northeast corner of the property to be used as a maintenance/storage facility. It would be used to store outdoor equipment, parts and supplies, hospital records and other equipment/supplies used by the hospital. Saint Luke’s Health System is providing funding for the project. Since it will be on city-owned property, the project will be carried on the books as a leasehold improvement.
Wenzel explained that Case Contracting was selected as the successful bidder among three bids submitted. Discussion regarding the building was tabled during the council’s regular meeting that followed the workshop because the project was not bid with prevailing wage. Although Saint Luke’s will be paying for construction of the building, it will be a city facility. City Attorney Robert Cowherd stated that it was his belief that the project bid should have included prevailing wage.
The council will further discuss the request during a special meeting at noon tomorrow (Wednesday).