On April 25, 2017, hospital district residents voted to approve a bond to help fund construction of a new hospital facility in Chelan. The new building (rough architect’s rendition above) will have private patient rooms, larger birthing rooms, increased outpatient capacity and a bigger emergency room. It will also have space for rehabilitative therapy, laboratory and radiology, as well as an expanded surgery department and a helicopter pad for emergency transfers. The fully ADA accessible hospital will be designed for cost effectiveness.
The new building will be built on hospital-owned property at Chelan Apple Blossom Drive, near Wal-Mart, across from the new Columbia Valley Community Health Clinic construction.
The cost of the construction project is $44.5 million. Voters voted to pay $20 million. The remaining costs will be funded by the hospital, grants and the LCCH Foundation.
The hospital Board of Commissioners and administration worked with outside financial and healthcare consultants to explore facility options. Multiple community meetings were held to gather input in 2016 and 2017. The building project is based on the results of those reports and meetings.
October/November 2017 Updates
At the 11/28/17 LCCHC regular board meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve the LCCHC pre-construction contract with Bouten Construction Company.
Lake Chelan Community Hospital & Clinics (LCCHC) announces Bouten Construction Company as the general contractor for the new hospital facility at Chelan’s Apple Blossom center near WalMart.
Bouten, based in Spokane, has been a regional leader in healthcare construction for more than 70 years, building some of the largest and most complex facilities from eastern Washington to western Montana, as well as critical access hospitals and clinics. The company has established strong ties with local trade partners and city and state governing authorities across the region.
Bouten’s healthcare track record dates back to its founding in 1944, and 75 percent of its projects involve healthcare, including Spokane’s Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital and Richland’s Kadlec Regional Medical Center. In Chelan, Bouten will work with the CollinsWoerman-led design team to develop creative and sustainable projects solutions for LCCHC.
The company’s experience in Eastern Washington means they are used to building in harsh weather conditions with tight budgets. Seven years ago, they incorporated Lean principles into their processes; these focus on eliminating waste in both time and scope, enabling the company to deliver Chelan’s new hospital building faster and more cost effectively.
Similarly, to achieve budget success, there will be a high level of eastern Washington trade partners working on the Chelan project, according to the proposal by Bouten. These regional firms will offer more competitive pricing and be better positioned to provide adequate manpower during construction, it said.
Lake Chelan Hospital received nine general contractor proposals for the project after it was unanimously approved to use the General Contractor / Contractor Manager (GC/CM) building method, said Kevin Abel, LCCHC CEO. Those proposals were narrowed down to four excellent options, who were interviewed Sept. 27 in Chelan. After review, the final decision to hire Bouten was made Oct. 16.
“The point-scale process we used to choose Bouten was very sound and systematic,” said Mary Signorelli, LCCHC Board of Commissioners Chair. “We were determined to get the best general contractor for this project, and we feel confident in Bouten’s ability to work with our architect and local project team to complete the job in a timely manner and stay within our budget boundaries. We look forward to working with them on this project that will carry us into the future.”
September 2017 Update
Lake Chelan Community Hospital & Clinics (LCCHC) had a terrific response to the request for proposals from general contractors, says Kevin Abel, LCCHC CEO. The organization received proposals from nine major contracting firms and is now in the review process.
August 2017 Update
The USDA grant application has been submitted. Over 15 contractors attended an informational meeting about the new hospital project Aug. 22. They met with General Contractor / Construction Manager (GC/CM) selection team: GC/CM consultant Dick Bratton, LCCH CEO Kevin Abel, LCCH Board Chair Mary Signorelli, project manager Barry Leahy & LCCH board member Phyllis Gleasman.
July 31, 2017 Update: The State Project Review Committee unanimously approved the proposal by Lake Chelan Community Hospital & Clinics (LCCHC) to use the Construction Manager / General Contractor (GC/CM) building method for the new hospital facility last Thursday, July 27 after they heard an hour-long presentation by the LCCHC team. CLICK HERE FOR PRESS RELEASE
June 1 Update: We are currently in the process of applying to use the Construction Manager / General Contractor (GC/CM) method for the new hospital facility. With overlapping design and construction phases, this collaborative method incorporates the contractor’s point of view into the project much sooner than design-bid-build. The contractor is hired early enough to contribute expertise and order materials much earlier. Early inclusion of the contractor also helps the design phase transition seamlessly into the construction phase. Other GC/CM benefits include better budget control and time savings.
May 2017 Update: We are currently in the financing phase of the project, working with the USDA and other financial consultants. Our architect is CollinsWoerman in Seattle. There will be one year of planning and permitting and two years of construction.