Bulldozers, backhoes and pan graders are clearing the 88-acre Wake Forest Baptist Health—West Campus in Davie County site on Hwy 801 at Interstate 40 near the Yadkin River.
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Hundreds of Construction Jobs & Local Subcontractor Opportunities
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.
When construction activity is at its peak, there could be 100-150 construction workers on site. Wake Forest Baptist anticipates that 200 permanent jobs will be created when phase one is open.
Completion of Phase One Scheduled for 2013
Clearing and grading of the site is expected to take approximately five months. Then, construction will begin on the medical office building and the outpatient center. The four-story, 60,000 square-foot building, housing physician offices is expected to be complete in the summer of 2013. The 101,000 square-foot outpatient center, a complex structure with specialized equipment, is scheduled for completion in late 2013.
Stimulus for Economic Growth
“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. Approximately half of the land has been set aside for commercial development, including banks, restaurants, hotels and shops.
“Rodgers is excited to be part of the growth of this site from the onset and to build a cornerstone facility that will provide the highest quality healthcare services for the people of Davie and surrounding counties,” said Ryan Wathen, senior vice president of construction operations for Rodgers.