Construction Jobs Now To Bring Healthcare Jobs Later
Published 12:00 am Monday, November 5, 2012
The future home of Wake Forest Baptist Health – West Campus, the 88-acre site in Bermuda Run on NC 801 at I-40, has been cleared with the exception of the natural wetlands.
Grading for the outpatient services building is complete and workers poured the foundation of the 101,000 square foot building. Concrete walls have been constructed below grade and steel is being erected. The outpatient services building will house the emergency department, diagnostic imaging and outpatient surgery.
“The property looks totally different,” said Karen Huey, vice president of facilities at Wake Forest Baptist. More than 185,000 cubic yards of dirt was moved in fewer than three months.
Grading continues at the site for the 60,000 square foot medical office building, loop road, parking lots and the commercial development.
“The site is buzzing with construction activity,” said Huey. “Soon, there will be more than 100 construction workers on site.”
There may be 100-150 workers when construction activity is at its peak and 200 permanent health care and related jobs will be created when phase one is open.
Rodgers Builders of Charlotte is the general contractor and is providing opportunities for subcontractors in Davie and adjoining counties to participate. The total cost of phase one is estimated at $79 million.
Approximately half of the land has been set aside for commercial development. “We believe our investment and the planned investment in the commercial development will be a stimulus for future economic growth,” said John McConnell, M.D., CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
The two buildings in phase one are scheduled to be completed by late next fall. Phase two of the project, which includes the development of hospital beds, is scheduled for completion in 2017 …