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Work on medical clinic steams ahead

Construction expected to be completed on schedule.

Gothenburg Memorial Hospital officials may ring in the new year with a new doctor’s clinic.

The $2.9 million addition to the hospital is expected to be substantially complete by Dec. 30, according to project superintendent Mike Millo of Sampson Construction.

Despite a five-week delay shortly after construction began in May, Millo said that’s the date Sampson officials promised to be substantially finished.

For lay people, substantial completion means the structure has passed inspection by the state fire marshal and building inspector and a certificate of occupancy is issued.

On Monday, he said the 18,000 square-foot building is about 80% complete.

Once finished, the structure will house room for eight practitioners, 21 examination rooms, two treatment rooms for minor surgeries and a laboratory.

Storage and a mechanical room will be in the basement.

Shortly after construction began the first week of May, Millo said rain raised the moisture level in the hole dug for the basement, causing its banks to erode and the soil to be unsuitable for testing.

“We then had to dig out wet dirt and replace it with dry dirt before we could get suitable compaction,” he explained.

With pleasant fall weather for weeks, he said construction has hummed along. Days that have been cold or rainy have averaged about a day a week.

Outside, on Monday, masons were putting on brick veneer which Millo expects to be done in about three weeks.

He hopes the remainder of the parking lot will be poured midweek and roof lashing installed in about a month.

Millo said the roof lashing is metal anchored over the top of composite panels—on the upper part of the outside walls—that dress up and hold down the rubber roof membrane.

Inside the clinic, window frames have been installed. Sheet rock is hung and dry wall is being touched up this week. Tiling has started and painting is scheduled to begin Friday.

In the last few months, Millo said about 35 to 40 workers a day have been working on site.

A temporary partition, that now separates the clinic from the hospital, will be removed at the end of construction so the two structures will be connected.

During construction, Millo said the partition buffered noise—for the most part—but workers and hospital staff had to work together.

“In the beginning, during demolition, we had to coordinate so we weren’t working while they were doing surgical procedures,” he explained.

In June, workers remodeled the east wing of the hospital which includes a “crossroads” room that will link the clinic and hospital.

The crossroads area, once used for dining when it was part of long-term care, has comfortable seating, beverage and popcorn machines, television and other amenities for a family waiting room.

For Millo, who has supervised the building of specialized water and wastewater treatment facilities, the doctor’s clinic is his first hospital project.

“It’s been good,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for a more laid-back team of hospital management who understand the time restraints we’re under. It’s a lot of work in a short amount of time.”

Sampson Construction is headquartered in Lincoln where Millo lives when he’s not supervising construction projects.

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