QUINCY – Consultants and officials from Quincy Valley Medical Center are beginning to draw up a schedule for the construction of the new Quincy hospital. Joe Kunkel, the consultant working on the project, estimated that the preparation, planning and design process would take about a year.
“Our focus right now is that we should be shooting dirt next summer, or this time next year,” Kunkel said at QVMC’s regular board meeting on Monday.
Hospital district voters approved a construction bond proposal for a new hospital in August, authorizing up to $55 million for the project. Hospital officials selected Trinity: NAC, Spokane, in July as the project’s architects.
Kunkel said hospital officials will begin the process of seeking state approval to hire a general contractor and hopes to be able to solicit contractor proposals within the next two months.
“They join us during the design process, which is really important for us in terms of estimating costs during design in terms of constructability and a number of things,” Kunkel said.
Hospital officials will also be looking for a company to advise them when purchasing equipment and medical supplies for the new facility, he said.
Hospital officials will conduct site visits to other facilities in Chelan, Pendleton, Oregon and the Tri-Cities, a process Kunkel said he found helpful.
“You always learn something,” he said. “Sometimes it’s ‘we should be thinking about doing this’, or it’s ‘there’s no way we should be doing this’.”
There have been recent constructions in all three locations, Kunkel said, and looking at them can provide insights into recent design innovations and ways to improve the hospital for patients and staff.
It’s important to know what QVMC needs and what it can afford, Kunkel said.
“Our interest is what the data tells us we should be able to support,” he said.
This would include design details like the number of exam rooms, the size of the emergency room, and where and how the Sageview Clinic will fit into the new facility.
Chief Executive Glenda Bishop said hospital staff have started sorting through records and equipment that is no longer in use. Hospital staff emptied two buildings on the hospital site. Both were used in part to store records and old hardware.
Bishop said general services manager Newton Moats and his staff were almost done cleaning them up.
“They addressed this whole building with an order and efficiency that amazes me,” Bishop said.
Cheryl Schweizer can be reached at cs[email protected]