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Progress Made on Via Christi Surgery Center Construction

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Progress is being made in the construction of Via Christi Hospital's new surgery center. Finishing touches have been made on the roof, leading the way for interior completion.

"Once we complete the roof we can start all the mechanical, electrical and plumbing beneath the roof. So while we're putting the outside facade and the curtain walls, and glass and things like that." says Crossland Construction General Superintendent, Bart Arnett.

The hospital broke ground on the project back in November 2012, but due to quality control setbacks in August, work was temporarily halted. Now, work continues as planned.

"We're in the final stages of the structure for this project. So the roof is a structural concrete roof and it's one of the critical paths that we have to do" Arnett says.

Michael Hayslip, Director of Public Relations for Via Christi says "A project like this you're going to see the concrete cure for about 7 days. And after that Crossland will be able to remove the shoring, and that allows the other tradesman to get in there and start on their projects."

In the meantime, crews are prepared to handle mother nature's winter elements if needed.

"We're able to enclose the sides of the building, get the subcontractors in there to work, and also too you see the precast panels going up, That will also protect us from the elements as we go further into the winter" Hayslip says.

With some warmer temperatures in the forecast, crews hope pick up the pace a little more. Via Christi was expected to open the surgery center in Spring 2014, but due to the setbacks, they'll now open in Summer 2014.

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