Wrangell – Wrangell Medical Center (WMC) staff are just weeks away from initiating the full move-in process as the project has reached the 95% completion mark. Entering the final phase of construction, the focus will be startup and testing of all building systems and ensuring all the finish work is complete and ready for the turnover inspection process. The project remains on budget and on schedule to serve patients in early 2021.
“WMC staff are excited to begin caring for patients in the new facility,” said SEARHC Vice President and WMC Hospital Administrator Leatha Merculieff. “Select staff have already relocated to completed construction in the Clinic area. The majority of WMC staff are scheduled to begin move-in mid-January. The new campus will be an amazing addition to the SEARHC Care Network.”
Installation of new Imaging equipment – including CT scanner, X-ray machine, and 3D mammography machine – was completed last week. Miles of data cabling has been pulled and tested, providing the facility the wiring infrastructure for state-of-the-art technology and continuous expansion.
Flooring installation was completed last week in the Long-Term Care, along with recumbent tub installation in the resident spa area. Dawson Construction crews are currently focused on interior/exterior paint and preparing site for transfer to owner. Contractors are recently completed the successful startup and testing of mechanical systems, including electric boilers and domestic water heaters in the hospital wing, and new furnaces in the Clinic side.
According to SEARHC Assistant Facilities Director Mike Pountney, project close out and the turnover “punch list” process will commence on January 1. Testing and balancing of the building air systems is on track for mid-January completion, at which time building commissioning will commence to ensure the project meets design requirements.
For more information, including project photos, visit the Wrangell Medical Center Campus album on Facebook.