A project to renovate and expand St. John's Medical Center facilities
for cancer, surgery and obstetrical services (SPET project) has been given
the green light to move forward next week. The Trustees voted to approve
the guaranteed maximum price (GMP) of $20,000,322 presented by construction
manager JE Dunn at a special public board meeting on July 5. “This
project will have tremendous benefits for our patients and I'm pleased
that we are moving forward with an appropriate scope and budget,"
said St. John's CEO Lou Hochheiser, MD. "This facilities expansion
will help ensure that patients can receive care close to home, when possible,
by modernizing and expanding important clinical areas that have become
outdated and unable to accommodate growing demand.”
The Trustees also approved a GMP of $5,944,501 for the construction of
a new central energy plant to supplement the hospital's current energy
infrastructure. The energy plant is not part of the SPET project, but
will support the new facilities and other needs of the hospital.
Based upon the final competitive bids received, the total combined projected
cost of the SPET and energy projects (including an appropriate contingency
fund) exceeds the target budget by approximately $750,000, or 1.5%. "With
careful management of our project costs and our contingency fund, we are
hopeful we can bring the project in at or near our initial target budget,
barring unforeseen issues,” said Hochheiser. “In order to
deliver the best possible project to the community at the best price possible
we’ll be intensely focusing on non-construction costs. These include
medical equipment, furnishings and fixtures.”
JE Dunn will now begin notifying the subcontractors that have been awarded
contracts through the competitive bid process. "Due to Wyoming statute,
it appears we'll even be able to award contracts to local companies
that were not the lowest bidder but fell within the allowable 5% differential,"
said Chief Operating Officer Gary Trauner. "While it bumps up our
costs, we recognize that it's an investment in the community."