By M. Federspill, October 25, 2020
There has been a lot of activity at the construction site for the new Uvalde Memorial Hospital since July, when the final steel beam of the building’s frame was set into place.
This month, crews have completed the roof and are working to finish roof detail work, said Karla Radicke, marketing manager for Uvalde Memorial Hospital.
Other ongoing work includes plumbing and electrical installation on the second level, where crews are also working on main walls, the main duct system, and fireproofing.
The fire sprinkler system installation is also ongoing throughout the building.
Radicke said current work on the first floor includes setting door frames.
During August and September, crews completed the interior framing on the lower-level, and architectural firm Perkins + Will has begun working on the building occupancy plan.
As construction work continues, Radicke said they are also finalizing selections with vendors.
“Outside of construction, much work is happening around final selections with vendors such as security systems, furniture, wayfinding, interior and exterior lighting, and more,” Radicke said. “We are also already working through discussions and licensing coordination for the occupancy plan.” The goal is for construction to be completed by the fall of 2021.
The new hospital will have roughly the same number of patient beds but will offer new services, such as a cardiac catheterization lab along with other peripheral vascular services such as cardiac rehab.
Other services in the new hospital include an emergency department multi-specialty clinic; physical, speech, and operational therapy; radiology, urgent care, wound care rehabilitation, intensive care unit, 25-bed medical surgical inpatient unit; observation, obstetrics, C-section, central sterile, a PACU, pre-op, and surgical services; and facility management.
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