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Hospital to hire architect firm

Josh Nichols

The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Architectural NEXUS, an architecture firm out of Salt Lake City to design a replacement hospital.

Board member Ron Danner, the building committee chairman, recommended hiring Architectural NEXUS and the board unanimously approved the recommendation at its monthly meeting Wednesday.

Community Relations Director Pam Thompson said the design developed by NEXUS would replace plans currently in place for the new hospital.

Danner said the reason a new plan is needed is the original plans that were drawn about three years ago were based on preliminary data.

The hospital designed in those plans would have cost about $24 million, but since then the hospital has concluded that it can handle a debt service of about $16 million.

“That original plan was based on preliminary data,” he said. “It gave us the information we needed to go out and start investigating the project.”

Architectural NEXUS will draw new plans based on the old plans that have already been developed, he said.

“The architects will go around the hospital and talk to the different departments about their needs,” he said. “They will then come back and say, ‘This is what their needs are,’ and start putting the plans together.”

The firm will get paid 7 percent of the total project cost, which officials estimate to be $18 million.

The newly created hospital foundation hopes to raise $2 million in local funds and the other $16 million would be paid through a debt service from the federal Housing and Urban Development program.

Six architecture firms were interviewed but Architectural NEXUS stuck out, Danner said.

“They have done more small rural hospitals than anyone else,” he said. “They had a good handle on what our needs are.”

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.


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