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Demolition completed at new hospital

October 02, 2015


Construction crews demolish the breezeway on the Southwest Healthcare Services Long-Term Care campus. (Courtesy photo)
crews demolish the breezeway on the Southwest Healthcare Services Long-Term Care campus. (Courtesy photo)

Pioneer Editor |

Demolition was completed this month at the site of the Southwest Healthcare Services Long-Term Care to make way for its expansion into a single campus hospital and care facility.

The project, which officially received the green light earlier this year, is on schedule according to its construction manager, with the shell of the new facility’s exterior to be seen erected in the next few months.

Formwork at the central utilities plant prior to pouring concrete. (Courtesy photo)
Formwork at the central utilities plant prior to pouring concrete. (Courtesy photo)

Matt Helleen, assistant project manager with Mortenson Construction, gave an this week on the project as construction crews have been seen working at the site for several weeks. So far a few portions of the facility, located on Second Avenue Northwest, between Seventh and Ninth Streets Northwest, in , have been torn down.

“The looks significantly different,” Helleen said Monday. “We’re right where we want to be, right now.”

Crews have already removed the breezeway near the center of the existing facility, as well as two wings that were part of the building. Helleen said those three pieces were a big hurdle.

With those pieces out of the way, there’s area now open for excavation and concrete, which is where the project stands as of this week.

About 30 percent of the old footings have been excavated, a process set to continue for the next few weeks. Once that is complete, the entire foundation will have been excavated, Helleen explained.

The facility’s central utility plant, referred to by Helleen as the CUP, which will house the boiler, electrical generators, and chiller, has already been completed for concrete work. Crews will begin putting in steel and finishing roofing on the CUP by the end of October, at which point it will be mostly enclosed, ready for equipment and interior roughing.

After concrete has been poured for the south portion of the project, crews will roll right into setting up the steel in early November, and will flow that around to the west. Roofing will commence after that and the main portion of the facility will begin to be enclosed.

Helleen said the goal is to have the entire shell of the new facility up before the typical cold sets in so it would be able to be heated and crews could work on the interior of the facility—a year-round operation for construction crews.

Southwest Healthcare Services CEO Becky Hansen admitted that the project has been disruptive, but they hold regular, weekly meetings to help figure out how best to avoid such disruptions as much as possible.

“But I think (the long-term care residents) enjoy watching all the activity right outside their windows,” Hansen said.

“We’ve got a couple ‘internal sidewalk superintendents,’ too,” she added with a laugh. “They really get around and enjoy it.”

While the project is not without its stresses, Hansen said it is moving forward very well.

There have not been many unexpected troubles with the project so far. Helleen said it has been the typical renovation struggles, but nothing major, and the weather has been cooperative.

As the spring months arrive, people won’t notice as much changing at the site while crews work diligently on the interior of the project, which Helleen says takes most of the time on such a job.

“Everyone sees the building go up and think it’s turned over the next day, but there’s a lot of things that have to happen on the inside,” he said.  Especially with a hospital construction, the interior is a large undertaking of time, he added.