OWENSBORO, KY – Since the building of the new OMHS hospital began in early April, Turner Construction estimates approximately $25 million worth of the work associated with the new hospital has been committed to area firms. It is anticipated that bidding opportunities will extend into 2011, said Merrill Bowers, senior project manager for Turner now living in Owensboro.
“The procurement process for this project is different than the traditional design-bid-build manner where the design is completed prior to starting construction and all contracts are awarded early in the construction phase,” Bowers said. “We are still in the design development stages for the facility and there is still a lot of work yet to award.”
More than two-thirds of the new hospital’s $385 million price tag will be spent on construction—some $270 million. Turner expects that the economic spin-off could fuel another $139 million into the regional economy over the next three years.
“We anxiously await our 2013 opening so our patients can begin receiving care at the new facility, but we’re excited that we can provide the region with economic benefits now,” said Jeff Barber, president & CEO for OMHS. “The demand for contract workers is expected to create 1,000 to 1,500 jobs during the next three years.”
Turner has awarded a number of contracts since April. Those include electrical, mechanical, structural steel, fire protection, structural concrete, drywall, exterior masonry and exterior glass. Owensboro contractors, material suppliers, vendors and labor will be used for much of the work.
In some cases, local businesses have partnered with larger firms to increase their chances of securing work. Beltline Electric is subcontracting with Down’s Electric. Wilkerson Plastering & Acoustics, another Owensboro firm, teamed up with Nashville’s Cage Drywall to offer the most competitive proposal for drywall. Owensboro’s RL Wilson Masonry and Kentucky Mirror & Plate Glass joined forces with ProClad and RC Aluminum to submit a winning proposal for the exterior cladding. Pilot Steel, American Stair and All American Fabrication recently secured subcontracts for fabrication of stairs and a portion of the structural steel.
Additional requests for proposals, commonly called RFPs, will be solicited for remaining work. Those include: landscaping, site concrete, roadway improvements, interior masonry, flooring, ceilings, general carpentry, window treatments, millwork, casework, kitchen equipment, interior glazing, doors, hardware, and fire alarms to name only a few, Bowers said.
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