Hospital expansion, renovation continue to make progress

ARLINGTON An update on the progress of the Cascade Valley Hospital expansion and renovation project was provided Oct. 17 by CVH Facilities Development Project Coordinator Connie DiGregorio to the hospital and clinics board of directors.
Last month, we hired structural, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering firms for the project to work with the architect and construction firm in developing schematic design, design development and construction documents, DiGregorio said. The schematic design is scheduled to be completed Nov. 20. At that point, we will know whether or not to proceed with design development, or to further revise the schematic design to meet our $45 million budget.
DiGregorio explained that the architect, project managers, construction firm and engineers are currently performing a constructability review of the schematic design, by developing cost estimates and providing recommendations on value engineering suggestions that could lead to cost reductions. They will identify areas of budget concern and make recommendations on their impact to the cost, schedule and scope of the project.
Early cost estimates in the schematic design show that we should meet our primary goals of a new 16-bed emergency department, a new laboratory, a new imaging department, the removal of the 1957 building, and upgrades to the heating, cooling and ventilation system of the 1987 building, DiGregorio said. This schematic design would put food services and pharmacy in the new building, while medical records, administration, finance, accounting and other support services would go on the first floor of the 1987 building. The current planning also anticipates remodeling in surgery and labor and delivery, with all the patient care areas receiving a facelift.
Once the schematic design is complete, DiGregorio anticipates the staff design team and medical staff will meet with the architect to review the design concept and begin the detail work of their design development. Their goal is to have the design development completed by the early spring of next year, with the construction documents reviewed and approved by the city of Arlington and the Department of Health by the following June, and the site work started in July of 2008.
Once the construction document is 90 percent complete, we can set our price, said Clark Jones, administrator of CVHC. That way, were not halfway through the project, going oops because the costs have gone higher than we can afford to finish building.
Jones emphasized that this would not affect the improvements that the community had requested in surveys, and voted to receive through the bond, especially since theyre using the general contractor/construction manager system on this project.
If all goes according to plan and we can keep an accelerated schedule, the expansion phase of our project will be ready to open in the fall of 2009, DiGregorio said. What a celebration for our 100th Anniversary.

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