Grading of the site for the outpatient services building also has been completed and workers began pouring the foundation of the 101,000 square foot building, erecting concrete walls below grade. The outpatient services building will house the emergency department, diagnostic imaging and outpatient surgery.
“The property looks totally different now,” said Karen Huey, vice president of Facilities at Wake Forest Baptist. More than 185,000 cubic yards of dirt was moved in fewer than three months. “Soon, the site will be buzzing with construction activity.”
Grading continues at the site for the 60,000 square foot medical office building, loop road, parking lots and the commercial development.
Stimulus for Economic Growth
Approximately half of the land has been set aside for commercial development, including banks, restaurants, hotels and shops.“We believe our investment and the planned investment in the commercial development will be a stimulus for future economic growth,” said John McConnell, M.D., CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Construction materials are being delivered to the site and steel will be erected this fall. The two buildings in phase one are scheduled to be completed by next fall.
Phase two of the project, which includes the development of hospital beds, is scheduled for completion in 2017.
Hundreds of Construction Jobs & Local Subcontractor Opportunities
There may be 100-150 workers when construction activity is at its peak and Wake Forest Baptist anticipates that 200 permanent jobs will be created when phase one is open.
Rodgers Builders, Inc. of Charlotte is the general contractor for phase one of the medical center. Rodgers has constructed buildings for more than 40 hospitals in the southeast. Rodgers will provide opportunities for subcontractors in Davie and adjoining counties to participate in the project. The total cost of phase one is estimated at $79 million.
Wake Forest Baptist Health – consistently ranked among the best in the country
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (www.wakehealth.edu) is a fully integrated academic medical center located in Winston-Salem, N.C. The institution comprises the medical education and research components of Wake Forest School of Medicine; the integrated clinical structure and consumer brand Wake Forest Baptist Health, which includes North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Brenner Children’s Hospital; the commercialization of research discoveries through the Piedmont Triad Research Park, as well as a network of affiliated community-based hospitals, physician practices, outpatient services and other medical facilities. Wake Forest School of Medicine is ranked among the nation’s best medical schools and is a leading national research center in fields such as regenerative medicine, cancer, neuroscience, aging, addiction and public health sciences. Wake Forest Baptist’s clinical programs are consistently ranked as among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.