The early closing of North Street is an annoyance to travelers but a boon for Springfield Regional Medical Center.
The city closed North Street for relocation in the beginning of May, one month ahead of schedule. This allows Danis Building Co., the main contractor for the new hospital, access to the front entrance of the building.
If the street relocation had happened “from June 1st on, we weren’t sure if we could get the front (of the hospital) done in time,” said Ron Connovich, Community Mercy Health Partners vice president of facilities.
The $235 million, 475,000-square foot complex is scheduled to open in November.
Danis, hospital representatives and the city engineer’s office met last week to talk about access to the front of the hospital campus and how Danis and the city’s contractor, Demmy Sand and Gravel, will work together.
“The exact dates (for completion) aren’t exactly scheduled, but the contractor is doing everything he can to have North Street open by July 1,” said Leo Shanayda, city engineer.
Danis has already begun working on the front of the building, and will be working on the campus through October, Connovich said.
Contractors will be setting up storm sewers, curbs, light posts, sidewalks, parking lots and landscaping in the coming months.
Work crews continue to make speedy progress indoors.
According to Springfield Regional, workers have completed the terrazzo flooring in the atrium, and began installing glass handrails on the second and third floor last week.
Painters are currently finishing the last coat of paint on the walls, using an anti-microbial paint that kills germs. Crews also are installing ceiling pads, ceramic tile, flooring, cabinets, and wood doors throughout the building.
Springfield Regional will hold a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, 3638 Middle Urbana Road to give the public construction updates and details on what the new hospital will offer.
Contact this reporter at (937) 328-0371.