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Hospital JPC Awards Site Prep, Road Work Contract

By Kathleen Sloan

HERALD Reporter

The Sierra Vista Hospital Joint Powers Commission held a special meeting on Monday, May 14, in order to discuss and act on a bid award.

The Request for Proposals was for dirt moving work that will prepare the current hospital site for expansion.

Chief Executive Officer Domenica Rush – in a Tuesday, May 15 interview – said the RFP had 14 respondents with five final bidders. The award was given to Burns Construction of Las Cruces, she said, for $535,000.

For that amount, the company will not only do dirt work, but also build a 600-foot road that connects the hospital’s north side with Silver Street.

Eventually, the entrance and orientation of the hospital will switch to the north side, said Governing Board Chairman Barry Ragsdale, in an interview last week.

Rush said Burns Construction will also build curb and gutter, place fire hydrants, and put in a parking lot on the north side.

The master planners, NCA Architects – hired in another RFP award about two months ago – recently decided the helipad needs to be moved from the north side, said Rush. The JPC approved this change. Rush said the hospital will soon be putting out an RFP for its construction, which will include paving, electric work and a surrounding fence.

Rush said the JPC took action on two other issues.

“They decided to sell the Smith Street site. It’s up for sale,” said Rush, referring to the 15-acre site purchased from King Peak Financial in 2009 for $675,000. Last summer, the county – as fiscal agent for the hospital – got about $78,000 back from King Peak, which reneged on their agreement to widen Smith Street, get utilities to the site, do a traffic study and build a secondary road to the site. King Peak CEO was Steve Stookey.

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