JCHC Construction Nearly Done, Next Phase In Planning

The Johnson County Healthcare Center's 2012 construction project should be completed by the end of September, according to Hospital Administrator Sandy Ward, who updated the hospital's Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting Wednesday night.

Ward said the entire project was estimated to cost just under $12.5 million, and so far the project has cost $11.7 million. He expects final costs to come in right at $12 million when completed next month.

The next capital construction project under consideration is the “2016 Project,” which will replace the aging Amie Holt Care Center.

Ward told the board that CTA Engineering is on site now, developing preliminary plans for the facility. Early estimates on the cost of the project are higher than anticipated, at roughly $16 million plus. Ward said they are looking to get the facility in the $14-$15 million range and may have to reduce its size to do so.

Ward will be discussing the future of mineral development in the county with experts in the field to help the JCHC make a better, informed decision on if or how to proceed with the 2016 project.

CTA Engineering should have detailed preliminary plans for the board to view by the end of September.