The last of the new walls are up at the Pratt Regional Medical Center remodel project. Crews put walls into place and inserted steel “I” beams for the final building addition that will house the hospital switchboard and emergency room waiting area, said Mike Patton, manager of plant operations during a progress update at the Pratt County Commission meeting March 7.

With good weather and a minimum of unexpected issues, Hutton Construction should have the major construction complete by the end of May. The parking lot remodel and the new Kerr Garden project could be complete in June or July to finish out the entire project.

The concrete and asphalt on the existing parking lot on the south side of the building will be removed and the surface level lowered 18 inches. The dirt will be used as fill dirt for the rest of the area on the south side of the hospital.

Several exposed areas on the exterior walls where the original portion of the hospital connected with later additions have not been finished since the demolition of the original section. The exterior insulation finishing system work is expected to start within the next three to four weeks that will put a finishing surface on these areas.

The EIFS will blend in with the rest of the building. The north wall on the south side of the hospital should be finished by March 18.

The new concrete pad for the air system that provides oxygen to the hospital is scheduled for pouring March 9. The concrete has to set for a week before the air equipment can be moved from its temporary location in the south hospital parking lot. It will take about three days to make the transition then the parking stalls in the temporary area will be put back in service, Patton said.

Work still continues on the inside of the building as crews finish up replacing electrical and plumbing in the in basement hallways. Crews had to get very creative to get everything to fit in the space above the ceiling.

One reason the hospital wanted to construct an entirely new building was the limited space above the ceiling tiles for new utilities that took up more space than the original.

However, voters wanted the addition to connect with the current complex so construction crews had to spend a lot of extra time getting every thing to fit, Patton said.

Crews are putting the finishing touches on repurposed office space in the basement with some offices already occupied including medial staff coordination, quality assurance, staff education, risk management, housekeeping director, mail room and IT.

The boiler room is 90 percent finished with the entire hospital running off the newly remodeled room.

With a project of this size, it has taken a lot of cooperation and coordination between construction workers and staff to keep the hospital up and running during the entire construction project, Patton said.

The three quarter cent sales tax continues to produce better than anticipated. The actual sales tax revenue for December was $153,000 and that was $42,000 above the projected amount, said Susan Page, PRMC president and chief executive officer.

Total sales tax revenues since the project began are $1.1 million.

During construction, the hospital was paying for utilities to keep the old hospital in operation and on the addition and remodel. Now that the hospital is running on just one set of utilities, it will help reduce expenses.

Ground breaking for the project was in March 2013.