CNCC releases estimates for cost of new hospital


Colorado Northwestern Community College officials said it will cost more than $3.3 million to develop a new hospital on its property west off Moffat County Road 7, but they said the college would kick in $750,000 for infrastructure costs and more money for other potential shared costs between the hospital and college.

Two other landowners, Randy Kloos and Homer Wilson,were expected to submit bids to The Memorial Hospital for properties Monday. Neither were available for comment by phone Tuesday.

TMH Public Relations Director Pam Thompson said the hospital wouldn't release the figures until a public forum at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at TMH, after advisory board members have reviewed the information.

According to an estimate from the college's engineering firm, Rothberg, Tamburini and Winsor, Professional Engineers & Consultants of Denver, the cost for basic infrastructure, such as parking lots and interior roads, is $434,047.

The engineering firm estimated $60,000 for a stoplight on Seventh Street and $524,768 for an emergency road on the college site, but it is unclear whether both of those additions are necessary to build on the site. The college also would donate 15 acres for the project, which CNCC officials said was a $40,000 value. The college proposed $250,000 to help build training classrooms or other facilities that the college and hospital could used jointly.

A 17-member advisory board is slated to recommend a site to TMH board members, who hope to make a final decision by their Jan. 26 meeting.

Advisory board member Neil McCandless said he didn't view the dollar figure as the most important factor to decide where to build a new hospital.

"I think this is an important decision to put it in the right place," he said.

"If they don't put it in the right place, we could regret it for 40 years."

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