Good Samaritan Hospital makes big gains on major construction project

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – What a difference 6 months can make. When News 10 First checked in at Good Samaritan Hospital’s BEACON project only two elevator towers stood.

Now, the project is pushing ahead. A new patient tower is reaching toward the sky.

“Well we’re currently have all the steel in place and we’re currently and actually we’re pouring the 5th floor concrete slab — hopefully finishing all the floors by the end of the week,” said Don Page, Director of Engineering.

The 200,000 square foot structure will welcome 120 patient beds, not to mention a host of other functions. What’s most exciting, according to officials, is that the block and steel structure is starting to look like a completed tower.

“If you get on the southside of the building, they’ve got a lot of the frame going up,” said Page.

But, this project hasn’t been easy, at least in the last few months, for one particular reason.

“A lot of problems with the snow and cold weather, when you’re trying to pour concrete in the winter time, it really complicates things, that’s why you see the building enclosed with plastic, we’re trying to heat the floor to a certain temperature, to heat that floor, so it has really complicated things,” said Page.

The new patient tower is expected to be operational in June 2015. After the tower is completed, renovation work will begin on the hospital’s old building.

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