Trustees discuss hospital expansion, to be completed by November 2005

Tuesday, August 31, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:43 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The expansion of Boone Hospital Center remains on target, even as hospital officials plan the addition of a fourth medical office building.

The Boone Hospital Center Board of Trustees discussed those construction projects at its monthly board meeting Monday.

“Boone Hospital has been crowded for some time,” said Lynn Hostetler, a hospital spokesman. “We have moved as much out of the hospital as we could.”

The addition to the hospital’s south side is aimed at adding waiting room areas and surgical offices and installing a cardiac catheterization lab, among other projects.

The hospital also hopes to add patient beds to the south side.

The project is scheduled for completion by November 2005.

“The first floor is almost complete, and it’s pretty neat to see,” said Travis Ross, a project manager for Septagon Construction, the firm hired to oversee the expansion.

Almost hidden from the hospital’s main entrance on William Street just off Broadway, the construction site is loaded with steel, concrete and wood and teems with activity.

The trustees on Monday decided to interview the top five architects who submitted proposals to design the fourth medical office building, Broadway Plaza 4. The building is intended to increase office space available to physicians and hospital administrators.

“We are currently renting around 60,000 square feet, and we have moved administrative offices about three times (in the) last couple of years,” Hostetler said.

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