Construction of Lubbock's Heart Hospital Ahead of Schedule - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/14/03

Construction of Lubbock's Heart Hospital Ahead of Schedule

Things are moving fast here in north Lubbock. At Lubbock's Heart Hospital construction is way ahead of schedule. Part of the reason for that is the hospital is constructed with concrete walls. They are actually made in Colorado and shipped here by the truckloads. So when they get here it's easy for workers to put them up.

"We're running about a week ahead of schedule right now. It's very aggressive schedule that they've given us to do," says Mark Hutton, President of Hutton Construction Corporation.

In fact, it's almost too fast for them to handle.  These construction workers may go to double shifts to handle the 100,000 square foot workload. "We actually bought the building before we were out here putting in footings and foundations," says Hutton.

"We'll have 85-86 beds. We'll employ about 250-300 people. We'll have room to add on if we need to," says co-owner, Jim Rheem.

In a large medical community, expansion is inevitable. "It's eastern New Mexico, from Albuquerque to Lubbock on the other side of Lubbock to Dallas north and south. There's just a big market here," says Rheem.

But what makes the heart hospital different, mark says, is just about everything. "It's great because it's fireproof very durable. It's all concrete. It'll look that way 20 to 30 years from now. It will look as good as the day we put it up," says Hutton.

Co-owner Jim Rheem says he's already received hundreds of job applications from all over the country from nurses and others wanting to work here. The Lubbock Heart Hospital is sheduled to be opened for business December 1st.

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