Oct 19, 2009 3:26 PM by Evan Anderson
Huge cranes grace the skies of Lafayette showing signs of active construction on the city's newest medical center off Ambassador Caffery.
It's a project you can now see almost anywhere in town. Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, the largest single construction project in the history of Lafayette can now be seen from miles away. Ground work started last October, and since then, it's been full steam ahead.
"We have no issues that stand in our way at this point. So we are moving quite rapidly." said Barbara Feske, Vice President
"Things are moving quick, we started the steel erection in June and as you can see, we're already building out the second floor." said Tim Burdette, Lemoine Company Project Manager.
On track, and on schedule, to completing this 211 million dollar, 396,000 square foot facility.Last month a beam signed by Lourdes employees was put in place to mark the official completion of the steal structure.
"We're substantially complete with the building structure at this point. We're working on the exterior skin, with the exterior framing, trying to get the building dry." said Burdette
Now that all structural steel is up, and the closing in process has begun. We decided to take a tour.
"To my right over here is actually our emergency department. To the left is actually the emergency deck where the ambulances are going to come and drop patients off." said Feske
"We're also working on the framing for the building. All the wall partitions. The priority wall is going in right now." said Burdette
Right outside the hospital, ground work has also begun on a new 100,000 square foot 4 story medical office building (25,000 sq ft each).
"The MOB is going to be right in front of this yellow area here." said Feske
Now as I told back in May, this hospital has the potential to grow from six floor patient towers, to eight. The current structure will house 164 hospital beds. Of course, We'll keep you posted on the progress.
Everything is set to be up and running in 2011.