The Lake Chelan Community Hospital and Clinics (LCCHC) Board of Commissioners voted to accept a schematic design concept for a new hospital building earlier this month. The approval allows the team to continue forward with specific design development, explained Mike Ellis, LCCHC interim CEO.

The LCCHC Board Facilities Steering Committee worked closely with architects and the general contractor to ensure patient needs are met in the proposed building in Chelan, Wash. The new hospital building is designed to stay within the $44.5 million budget approved by voters in 2017.

Project manager Dick Bratton, Kreg Shelby from Bouten Construction, and Keith Null and Jamey Barlet from CollinsWoerman, the project’s architect firm, attended the special Board meeting to present the revised design concept and answer questions.

Key priorities for the architects were preserving patient and staff safety, quality of care, and client care areas. The approved schematic design, which keeps the overall building footprint as tight as possible, has two wings for patient rooms. The 59,250-square-foot building will include 23 private patient beds, two operating room suites, and a procedure room. The Emergency Department, which will be larger than the current hospital building, will have seven rooms as well as space for triage. The master plan leaves room on the site for a future EMS and medical office building.

Bouten Construction has already initiated communication with subcontractors. Once final construction documents are completed, subcontractors will begin bidding. The new hospital project is on schedule to break ground in Spring 2020. Expected occupancy is late 2021.