Construction is underway for a new dentist's office in Pratt and several other construction projects are scheduled to start later in 2018.

The sound of hammering fills the shell of the new Pratt Family Dental building taking shape on South Fincham.

Other business buildings are scheduled for construction later this year as growth and change continue in Pratt.

Although the weather has been cold at times, there has been enough warm weather for construction crews at the Pratt Family Dental building to get land graded, concrete poured, framework up, a roof on the building and plywood siding on the outside of the office, said Brad Blankenship, Pratt city inspector.

"They have not been held up by the cold. They have been able to work through," Blankenship said.

The lack of rain has actually helped the construction to a point that roof shingles should be going up soon. Besides construction work on the building, workers for Smiley Concrete continue to pour additional concrete for driveways and the parking lot.

When the building is winterized with windows and doors, Blankenship will perform an inspection of the plumbing, heating and electrical systems. Later, he will do a "medical gasses" inspection for the nitrous oxide.

If work progresses as expected, Pratt Family Dental want's to be in the new building in May, Blankenship said.

Other new business buildings are scheduled to start construction later in 2018.

Americare Senior Living is planning a new facility in Pratt that will be located on U.S. 61 next to the Farm Service Agency building and across the street from Pratt Community College.

Americare Senior Living offers a variety of health care services at different levels for seniors. The new facility will feature apartment style living.

Ground breaking for the new facility is scheduled for June 5. The new facility will be built on five acres and will take from 15 to 18 months to build.

"It's going to be quite a large facility," Blankenship said.

The land is currently being surveyed in preparation for the engineering portion of the project.

Americare is working with the city to get the details for utilities worked out. Some utilities are already on the south side of the property.

Blankenship said he had visited with Americare just once in December about the property and talked about engineering and zoning. No specific completion date has been set.

Another construction project on the horizon is a new building for McDonalds that will be located just west of the current building in a grass area.

Blankenship said he anticipates getting the plans for the building by Feb. 2 or perhaps the week after. At this time, he has no information when McDonalds wants to start building or a completion date.

Basically, they are at the beginning of the process to get things ready for construction.