By LIBBY CLUETT
Administrators, trustees, architects, contractors and citizens gathered near U.S. Highway 180 West and Palo Pinto General Hospital’s marquee to help turn the first earth Friday on its second medical office building, also known as the MOB II.
Hospital CEO Harris Brooks noted to the crowd that Friday’s earth turning was ceremonial, but added large earth-moving apparatus would begin working on the site this week.
“It’s been great working with HKS Architectural Firm,” he said. “They put a lot of time and sweat into the building, which we hope will be phenomenal and will suit our needs for the next five-to-10 years. And we look forward to working more closely for the next 10 to 12 months with Skiles, our general contractor, and we hope it goes smoothly.”
As the group stood under one of two trees, Brooks said they worked on plans that would not lose two trees on property.
“We hope this time next year to be having a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a grand opening,” Brooks said.
The purpose of the building is to serve the hospital and Mineral Wells medical community as a medical office building, he explained to those gathered, providing space for professional and doctors’ offices.
The MOB II will be sited on 3.5 acres near the hospital marquee, between Palo Pinto Nursing and Rehab and the US Renal Care dialysis center.
Brooks said the construction is expected to be close to $6 million; however, he said it will take another $2.5 million to equip the building.
“While the building is right around 30,000 square feet, we will only partially be finishing it out. The outside will all be complete and on the inside it will be shelled-in a bit for future growth as we need it,” he explained.
“Our first couple of tenants will be relocating our existing family health clinic – that flanks our emergency department – into the building,” he said, adding “and … our home health and hospice department will be relocating into it, as well as future recruiting efforts.”