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New Hospital Structure Will Soon Be Enclosed, But Weather Causes Delay

Construction carries on as Kimball's new $43.5 million hospital continues to take shape, but this area's harsh winter weather may have slowed the development a bit.

"The project has experienced about a week's delay due to the snowy conditions this winter," Kerry Ferguson, Kimball Health Services director of community and foundation, told the Observer on Monday. "Hopes are we can make up this time later in the project."

Prior to the weather delay, hospital officials said construction remained on schedule for November completion.

Meanwhile, the new structure's appearance is ever-changing as construction moves along.

"If you drive by the new hospital construction site at night you will notice some new lights," Ferguson said. "Last week the City of Kimball completed electrical connections to the site. Temporary electrical connections have been put in place and the job site is now illuminated 24 hours a day."

Ferguson added that roof decking is nearly completed and framing of the exterior walls is well under way.

He said sheeting will go up next, enclosing the structure and enabling work to continue inside, even when it's snowing.