Hospital expansion workers ready for winter

Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Construction work on the Central Peninsula General Hospital $49.9 million expansion is on schedule and the contractor hopes to have the outside shell of the new wing finished by the end of October, according to the hospital's top executive.

"They're putting up the metal studs for the outside walls of the shell," said CPGH Chief Executive Officer Dave Gil-breath on Tuesday.

Gilbreath said once the shell is complete, workers will be able to continue through the winter months, aiming toward finishing the 82,000-square-foot building before the end of next year.

"They don't expect any (winter) weather-related delays," Gilbreath said.

The two-story building, which will include 50 single-patient rooms, is being built as Phase 2 of the construction project. Phase one was site preparation.

In Phase 3, portions of the existing hospital will be remodeled moving the cafeteria from the basement to the ground floor, adding outpatient treatment rooms, moving administrative offices back to the hospital campus from their temporary quarters on Binkley Street and bringing the physical medicine facility back from the off-site location in the strip mall near Jo-Ann Fabrics on the Kenai Spur Highway.

The Oncology Department already has moved to its new quarters at the west end of the wing where administration's offices once were.

Gilbreath said the conceptual design aspect of Phase 3 is 35 percent complete.

Putting the design down on paper was somewhat delayed to insure the hospital had sufficient funding "in the event a big-money change might come in" during Phase 2, Gilbreath said.

Phase 3 design is projected to resume during the week following Thanksgiving Day, he said.

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