With backhoes and dump trucks rumbling across the campus and a large crane towering over head, there’s no doubt now that major construction work is under way at Union Hospital in Dover. The new UH Lauren Emergency Center will be taking shape in the months ahead and is bringing some major changes to the Union Hospital landscape, according to Carey Gardner, Director of Community Relations.
“There is a huge amount of earth to be moved to clear the way for the foundation of the Emergency Center addition,” Gardner said. “After the foundation is laid, we’ll see the large steel beams going up and the building start to take shape.”
The $17.7 million cost to build and equip the facility will result in a new Emergency Center that’s twice as large and will accommodate twice the number of patients the current ER was designed for when it opened 20 years ago.
“Now that work is well under way on the new Emergency Center we’re all more than anxious to see it completed so our patients and employees can enjoy many advantages of quality, comfort, and convenience that it will offer,” Gardner added.
Recently, the project’s major sub-contractor bids were received and contracts awarded by Hammond Construction, the project manager. The receipt, opening and award of bids was conducted under the supervision of Union Hospital. Of the 20 contracts awarded, eight contracts had at least one local company bidding for the work. Six of those eight contracts were awarded to local companies.
The eight contracts that included local bidders and the successful bidders were:
Gardner said the hospital views a company as “local” if it is based in or has a business office in Tuscarawas County. “We are pleased that six of the eight contracts bid by local companies were awarded to the local bidder.” Gardner said that 12 of the 20 contracts awarded did not have any local bids.
The project construction budget is $14 million. “By the time we’re finished, we estimate that 60 percent the value of labor and building materials will have been spent with local companies and vendors,” Gardner said. Another $3.7 million will be spent on medical equipment for the new Emergency Center.
“It is important for all in the community to know that Union Hospital remains committed to both the medical health and the economic vitality of the area we serve. As we build, renovate and equip our hospital facilities we prefer to do business with local companies as long as it does not significantly impact our costs. Higher costs are passed on to our patients and our greatest responsibility lies with those patients.”
Financial support for the Emergency Center project continues to grow. Monte Ball, Fund Development Director, said the capital campaign has reached $2.6 million with an ultimate goal of $5 million.
“We are very grateful for the generous support received thus far,” Ball said. “We still have a challenge ahead of us to reach the goal and we remain optimistic that this community will make this campaign successful.”
For more information about becoming a donor, making a gift or multi-year pledge toward the new Emergency Center, contact Ball at (330) 602-0789 or e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow progress with the Emergency Center construction project from the Union Hospital web site: www.unionhospital.org or from the project’s Facebook page: Union Hospital Emergency Center.