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|Thursday, 17 July, 2014|
Old Hospital construction crew from left, Nolan Yupe, Joe Gonzales, Brian Hood (Supervisor), Ken Cortez, and Clyde " Duke” Dixey Sr. (Submitted photo)
Old Hospital recontructed for F&W offices
By ROSELYNN WAHTOMY
FORT HALL – The Old Hospital site is under construction and will be renovated as new office space for the Fish & Wildlife Department.
Project planning on the 7,090 square foot building began in November 2013. Construction started in May and is set for completion in December. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1 million.
The building was built in 1922, however it’s not listed on the Historic Register.
The Environmental Waste Program has removed all the hazardous waste in the building and the exterior will be tested for lead before work presumes on the outside. The exterior will be refurbished to the original design.
The inside of the building will be stripped to the frame and include structural repairs, new building systems installed, removal and rebuilding of some walls, insulated window and doors, and basically refinished floor to ceiling.
New sewer lines will be installed, as well as a lawn irrigation sprinkler system. Accessible sidewalks and ramps will be added.
The Construction Services Program will act as General Contractor and complete all the work possible in-house. The employees will be hired temporary and will be paid similar to TERO wages.
Marlin Fellows said renovations to the unoccupied dilapidated building are an upgrade to the Agency campus.