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Work begins on new WellSpan medical building and power system upgrade

By - Last modified: May 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM

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This rendering shows what WellSpan Health's new Queen Street Medical Office Building will look like. Submitted photo
This rendering shows what WellSpan Health's new Queen Street Medical Office Building will look like. Submitted photo

WellSpan Health has chosen local contractor Alexander Building Construction Co. for two significant projects — construction of a new medical office building on Queen Street in York, and emergency power system upgrades at York Hospital.

Work has begun on both projects, according to a news release.

The Queen Street Medical Office Building will be a single-story facility designed to accommodate York Women's Health Center and York Pediatric Medicine. Its 27,500 square feet will feature 39 exam and procedure rooms; an on-stage/off-stage design model with nursing support spaces; separate waiting areas for each practice; and a shared break room and meeting room.

Significant earthmoving and other improvements to the site are necessary and close coordination between the site work and the new building construction will be required due to the site's proximity to the busy street, the release said. The project is scheduled for completion in December.

At the hospital complex on South George Street, new infrastructure and equipment upgrades are needed to support the installation of a 6.75 megawatt emergency power generation plant. In addition to the management and oversight of the outside generator plant installation, Alexander is managing the installation of new interior building substations, transfer switches and high voltage electrical feeders.

The various buildings of the operating hospital were constructed between 1927 and 2002, the release said, and electrical shutdowns and tie-ins will affect all areas, so extensive planning and coordination will be required. The project will be phased so that existing infrastructure can be maintained as new infrastructure is installed, and is scheduled to be complete in October.

Alexander, based in Harrisburg, is a subsidiary of Butz Enterprises Inc.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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