At a glance
• Building permit granted Friday to Robins & Morton, The Memorial Hospital's general contractor.
• Setting up structural steel for walls and roofs scheduled to start after waterline installation is completed.
• Start date for steel work currently unknown.
• City waiting for subcontractor information and fee payment to complete permits for plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
Construction is a go.
The city of Craig granted a building permit to The Memorial Hospital's general contractor, which will allow work to begin on the 300-room facility.
"The whole process went pretty smooth," Community Development Director Dave Costa said.
The approval came more than a week after TMH announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will guarantee the hospital's $40.3 million loan for the building.
Cost of the new facility has previously been estimated at $42.6 million. Funding will also come from a bond issue passed by voters in November 2007.
Costa praised specialists who played a role in completing the building permit.
"It's a pretty detailed, complex process and I have to commend our consultants," he said. "I felt they did an excellent job. We had really good teamwork between the design firm and the plan-checkers and myself."
Two permits - one for plumbing and another for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems - are still pending.
"The permits are ready to go," Costa said, adding that the city is waiting for fee payment and subcontractor information before processing the permit.
Meanwhile, workers under Robins & Morton, TMH's general contractor, are scheduled to start arriving in Craig to begin the first phases of vertical construction.
Putting up structural steel to support walls and roofs will be the first phase of facility construction on the site. Most of the foundation slab will be poured after the steel has been set.
The new building's storm sewers are nearly completed, and its sewer line is in the ground, said Barry Rodgers, Robins & Morton assistant superintendent.
However, crews must wait until water line installation is finished before they can begin building.
Rogers couldn't pinpoint a date when the vertical construction would begin. In addition to waiting for waterline installation, crews also have early winter weather to contend with, which could put a damper on construction plans.
However, Rodgers estimates that by the time plumbing installation begins on the site, he will have the permits in hand.
Workers on the way
The groundwork has been completed for the new hospital. Crews recently finished placing piers in the ground that will support the building's foundation.
Residents can soon see other evidence indicating that a new hospital will be under way: an influx of construction workers.
"It's all in motion now," Rodgers said. "The steel erector, the mechanical contractor, the electrician : subcontractor - they're all mobilizing, brining their trailers out at the end of this week (or) the first of next week."
Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1795 or email@example.com