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Darland Construction leads major expansion at Nebraska hospital

Omaha-based Darland Construction is leading a major expansion at Providence Medical Center in Wayne, Neb.

Omaha-based Darland Construction is leading a major expansion at Providence Medical Center in Wayne, Neb.

Starting in 2010, Darland led the pre-construction process, which has resulted in the design, budget and construction plan for the two-part expansion and remodeling project. A 25,000-square-foot addition will house a new physical therapy and wellness center, a center that includes 5,000 square feet for storage or future expansion. A separate 3,500-square-foot addition will provide expanded space for a current outpatient department that will be remodeled as part of the project. The entire project is scheduled to be complete and operational by the summer of 2012.

During pre-construction, Darland worked closely with the medical center's administration and board of directors and with Avant Architects to plan and budget the project. Darland led the team through a variety of planning issues, such as efficiently incorporating a 1/16th-scale track into the wellness center while still meeting the budget, and determining the most cost-effective method between tying into existing hospital mechanical infrastructure or adding new infrastructure.

Darland also recommended that the 5,000 square feet of storage space, initially conceived as a basement area, be moved to ground level to lower costs and provide future expansion capacity. Complicating the process, the project was awarded USDA funding, which created extensive compliance requirements.

"Darland was extremely instrumental in helping us meet the USDA requirements," said Providence Medical Center chief executive officer Michael Hammond. "Without Darland's exceptional attention to detail it would have been very difficult for us to comply with the requirements of the USDA funding. They have been extremely timely in their communications and in getting us the information we need to keep this project on a fast track to completion."