Avera begins construction on new hospital wing

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

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Workers have removed trees, installed a fence around the construction site and, on Dec. 4, were leveling the ground next to Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital. The work is in preparation for the construction of a new addition that will be nearly double the size of the present facility.


 Journey Construction of Sioux Falls is the project manager.


“We are so excited. We’re finally started. The architects and engineers have dotted all of the i’s and crossed all the t’s,”  hospital administrator Janice Schardin said.  Construction is expected to be completed in 10 to 18 months.


The original plan called for separate wings to be added to the present hospital, which is about 50 years old.


Schardin said when the original renovation plans came in over bid, Avera decided to “go back to the drawing board” rather than stick $4.5 million dollars into an old building.


The revised plan calls for a new building attached to the present building.


”We’re excited. This will be a better facility than was originally planned,” Schardin said.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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