Final approval could hold up NBHH clinic addition

Final approval could hold up NBHH clinic addition

By Patti Carpenter

The construction crew began pouring concrete at North Big Horn Hospital on Wednesday of this week for its clinic addition, which, according to NBHH CEO Rick Schroeder, puts the project ahead of schedule by five weeks.

 Pouring concrete at North Big Horn Hospital
Pouring concrete at North Big Horn Hospital

He told the district’s Board of Trustees at their regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday night that it’s become a “hurry up and wait” situation, with final approval to proceed beyond the foundation still pending at the state level.

“The floor is due to be poured this week, but we still have no permit for the rest of the project,” said Schroeder.

Schroeder reported that the hospital has hired a “third party reviewer” to work with architect Ric Heldt of A&E Architects and Billing Clinic Facilities Manager Mitch Goplen to facilitate the state approval process.   The reviewer makes recommendations before the final plans are submitted, in an effort to circumvent any potential delays in the future.

The contractor, Sletten Construction of Cody, can work through the winter on the interior of the project only if the outer shell is complete before winter sets in.

“The project is now a month ahead of schedule and there is some concern that we may lose some of that waiting for the final permit to come through,” cautioned Schroeder. “The timing will be tight, but we are still hopeful it will come through before all approved work is completed.”