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Site work for new hospital on schedule

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Groundbreaking ceremony expected in September; webcam offers around-the-clock construction views

By VINCE LUECKE
Editor

TELL CITY – Site work for a new Perry County Memorial Hospital is going well ahead of a formal groundbreaking next month. Meanwhile a webcam overlooking the construction site along Indiana 237 offers an around-the-clock view of progress.

“Other than the occasional deluge, things are going well,” Joe Stuber, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer, said Tuesday during a meeting of trustees.

Contractors have had to work around the rainfall, but have made steady progress leveling the site for the $32 million facility. The pouring of footers has also begun and drilling of wells for the hospital’s geothermal heating and cooling system is expected to begin early next month.

The hospital is scheduled for completion in late 2014 or early 2015 with occupancy in 2015.

Workers did encounter an area of mucky soil that had to be removed and the area reinforced with some concrete. The cost of soil remediation wasn’t given but Stuber and trustees said it was within a contingency fund set aside as part of the project.

The hospital board has said site work would be under way for some time before a ceremonial turning of soil.

That event is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 27.

A Web camera, perched atop a 50-foot pole on the edge of the construction area, allows viewers to monitor work. To access the webcam, click on the link at www.pchospital.org.