Details come together on St. Luke’s new wing
Published 5:57 pm Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Construction of the new patient wing at St. Luke’s Hospital is moving along well, according to Ken Shull, St. Luke’s CEO.
Grid lines for the ceilings will be installed this week as well as ceramic tiles in public restrooms and full bath in the Activities of Daily Living lab. Project Superintendent Brad Smith with Brassfield & Gorrie general contractors, expects the millwork for natural hardwood cabinetry and aesthetics to begin the first week of September.
The stone fireplace in the family waiting area is nearing completion, and a natural stone design on the outside walls of the new wing adds the comforting feel of nature. The design and décor of the 15,000-square-foot addition were intended to incorporate natural surroundings and healing aesthetics.
The $5.6 million construction project is the first major addition for the 40-year-old hospital since 1992.
The majority of funding is through local bank financing; St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation committed to raise $2 million. This project is possible, Shull said, because of the need for and support from the community. In addition to six enlarged private rooms with space for family, the wing will boast a state-of-the-art therapeutic gym for physical and occupational therapy.
With electricity and air conditioning now connected, Smith expects construction to continue at a fast pace; current plans are to complete the building project by mid-December.
– article submitted by Kathy Woodham