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New hospital takes shape

KIM MARQUIS
Summit Daily/Reid Williams
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SUMMIT COUNTY Summit Countys new hospital is beginning to take shape behind the County Commons southeast of Frisco. Steel beams erected at the site show half the buildings profile at the 16-acre location, where an official groundbreaking ceremony took place June 17.The $40 million project by St. Anthony/Centura Health was approved last spring.A 220-foot boom can be seen from Frisco, but behind the pines and along the recreation path south of Highway 9, a two-story structure reaches the height of surrounding tree tops. About 60 construction workers are on-site and work is going on six days a week, said senior project manager Tom Willson. Willson, a 10-year employee for general contractor M.A. Mortenson Co., said Thursday that work is on schedule. Site clearing and grading started in May, but building started late because design details had to be worked through.Were still on schedule for a December 2005 opening, Willson said. Construction should be complete in mid November (2005). In two weeks, roof work will begin and then the interior walls start to go up. Crews will enclose the steel structure with plastic and heat the inside so that construction can continue through the winter.The clere story the highest point of the building that will serve as a glass entrance and architectural focal pint is not visible yet at the site.An estimated 60 additional workers will be needed to complete the project. They will be hired by subcontractors, which include Stan Miller, Inc., M & D Drywall, M-Tech, Total Plumbing, Encore Electric, Glover Masonry, Big Horn Plastering and LPR Construction, which is doing the steel work.Once complete, the hospital will have 25 beds, maternity services, a 16-room emergency department, operating rooms, a cafeteria and a chapel. Patient numbers are expected to increase by 65 percent, compared to the current facility on Summit Boulevard in Frisco.Construction has not yet begun on a planned community care clinic and medical office building to be located next to the hospital.The construction entrance on Highway 9 will be moved in two weeks so that workers will enter through the County Commons parking lot, Willson said. That move will reduce traffic back-ups on the highway during the busy ski season, he added. M.A. Mortenson is a privately-owned company that specializes in health care facility construction. It was founded in 1954 and has had offices in Denver since 1981. Its portfolio includes the Pepsi Center and Coors Field in Denver.A few minor injuries occurred at the site near Frisco, Willson said. One worker strained his back and another received a few stitches for a laceration. Kim Marquis can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 249, or at kmarquis@summitdaily.com.


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