Casey hospital will expand, renovate Primary Care Clinic

May 04, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - Five bids for an expansion to the Primary Care Clinic that ranged from $481,043 to $805,580 were reviewed Monday night by the Casey County Hospital Board of Trustees.

The board decided to study two of the bids before awarding a contract. It expects to approve the contract May 11.

The expansion of the Primary Care building will double the length, making the size 56 feet by 168 feet. The old section will get a new floor, a larger waiting room and a complete renovation. The new section will be used for clinic space and purchasing and medical records. The exterior will be brick to match the existing building.

Board member Dennie Johnson said a contract must have a $1 million performance bond, and the starting date and length of construction need to be worked out. He also said new construction on the clinic must be finished before renovation begins on the current building.


"We need a contract in detail so we know what the final price is," Johnson said.

"When you are using taxpayers' money, you have to do the best job for Casey County," said board Chairman Lonnie Mullins.

Johnson said the two highest bids - $805,580 from CMW Architecture Engineering in Lexington and $766,080 from Owens Construction in Windsor - were much too high. The lowest bid of $481,043 from Central Kentucky Contracting did not have a detailed outline of the prices and work schedule.

The board voted to study a $618,750 bid from Branscum Construction Co. of Russell Springs and a $486,884 bid from Clay Hoskins Construction of Liberty.

Rusty Tungate, hospital administrator, said he wants the Primary Care Clinic to remain in operation while construction is under way. "If we shut down the clinic, it will cost us." he said. "They (contractors) need to do the work and not interrupt the flow of patients."

He suggested construction on the expansion be done first.

If possible, the board wants a concrete floor in the old clinic building, which is modular, Tungate said. However, it will need fill dirt and rock before the concrete is placed.

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