Red tape, contractor bids delay Marble Falls hospital project at least three months

Workers have cleared the way for the foundation of the Scott & White Hurd Regional Medical Center on Texas 71 just off the U.S. 281 intersection in Marble Falls. The project has been delayed at least 90 days. File photo

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — A Scott & White hospital project faces delays, as contract work is renegotiated to meet budget projections and the federal bureaucratic process is wade through for approval of site plans for the facility, officials said.Construction is under way at the 120-acre Hurd Regional Medical Center, 800 Texas 71 West just off U.S. 281, including on an emergency room and a hospital tower expected to feature 46 medical/surgical and intensive-care unit beds within a 200,000-square-foot facility. Initially, the projected completion date was fall 2014.

“That’s been pushed to the first quarter of 2015 or, perhaps, the second quarter of 2015, and that’s depending on how fast we can secure bids from contractors and, obviously, the weather,” said Bramer Owens, associate vice president of clinic operations.

“We’ve had to go back and re-bid some of our sub-contractors. The price points weren’t where we wanted them to be,” he said. “We have yet to get approval from (the Texas Department of Health and Human Services) that these are appropriate plans to build this hospital, but, despite all those things, we’re still working with the contractor MedCo to begin foundation work sometime in October.”

The first phase of the multimillion-dollar medical complex — the Scott & White Specialty Clinic-Marble Falls — opened its doors in June. Healthcare professionals offer urgent care services on the first floor of the clinic within a 66,000-square-foot, three-story facility, which houses 15 specialties, including cardiology, dermatology, orthopedic surgery and gynecology. Other services soon to be offered are cancer treatment and obstetrics.

Extended urgent care business hours are 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5:30 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call (830) 201-7100.

In other business, Scott & White officials recently accepted a symbolic check for $247,000 from the Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. — the first in a series of grant funding to help pay for infrastructure at the hospital site. Depending on permanent jobs creation, the facility could be eligible for $2.5 million from the EDC over a five-year period.

connie@thepicayune.com