2012-11-08 / Front Page

SMH seeks equipment loan, prepares for site work end

Officials look for $1M loan, crews aim to meet deadlines

MANISTIQUE – The new Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital facility is now 75 percent complete, and the hospital is pursuing a $1 million loan to cover new equipment, according to one official.

According to Robert Root, SMH Board of Trustees member, a previous plan to relocate equipment located in the current facility, on Main Street in Manistique, was scraped by officials earlier this year. He explained SMH is pursuing a $1 million loan from USDA Rural Development. The hospital used $19 million worth of loans from USDA Rural Development for the facility project as well.

“We were initially planning to relocate much of our current equipment to the new facility. However, with the extended time that it has taken to move this project forward some of our current equipment has reached its useful life and other equipment isn’t compatible with current technology and codes,” Root explained. “This loan will help us achieve one of our goals for the new hospital of providing some of the best health care available in the U.P. We want our new hospital to be the preferred health care provider for everyone in our community and beyond.”

As for the construction of the facility, Root explained crews are currently finishing site work at the approximately $24 million new facility.

“Currently, the water and sewer lines along U.S. 2 and Otter Street are 85 percent complete. The entrance roads, bridge and parking lots are 95 percent complete,” he said. “The landscaping is ongoing and is currently about 75 percent complete. We are pleased with the progress of the site work and our target date of Dec. 15 should be met.”

Finishing touches on the exterior of the building, such as the installation of roof copings, glass curtain walls and painting are also expected to be complete by Dec. 15. Next up will be the interior of the building, explained Root, which will be aided by boilers and roof top units providing heat to the building.

“Most of the in-wall work is now completed, and walls have been boarded and paint is being applied,” he said. “The hard tile on both the floors and walls are currently being installed. The interior stone veneer wall in the main corridor of the building will be starting this week. The millwork for the building should start arriving this month.”

After the majority of the interior work is completed, the permanent exterior doors will be installed. A move-in date of April 22 is anticipated by hospital officials. Root added that there are currently no issues impacting the budget or construction of the building.

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