Contracts for the $2,096,708 renovation project which will result in the Extended Care Unit currently located at the Adams Memorial Hospital between moved to Woodcrest were awarded Wednesday morning in a special meeting of the Adams Health Network Board of Trustees.
The project has come in slightly under the anticipated cost of $2.15 million and hospital officials were told to expect additional savings as a contingency allowance in the budget as $250,000 should be plenty more than what is needed for additions or changes to the project.
The renovation will take the unused Wing B of Woodcrest and make it into a separate entity to be known at the Adams Health Network Rehabilitation Center. The facility will house 14 single-bed rooms.
Renovation work is expected to start in earnest next week, according to AHN officials, who noted that nearly three dumpster loads of old and unneeded items have been removed from Wing B.
AHN Executive Director Marvin L. Baird said some items, such as mattresses and wheelchairs in good condition, were shipped over to Golden Meadows for their use at that facility but most of the items were no longer usable.
"Wing B has been idle for about six to seven years and it was like a part of a house that isn't being used. That's where things get stored and accumulate. A year or so ago we bought all new mattresses for Woodcrest so all of the replaced mattresses ended up being stored in Wing B," Baird said.
The move of the Extended Care Unit was made necessary by Medicare reimbursement cutbacks to the hospital which resulted in a substantial six-figure loss in 2010 by AHN.
The rehab center will feature a therapy modality not found in any rehab unit in northeastern Indiana. A special hydrotherapy unit which measures approximately eight inches by 11 inches will be installed and is designed so that a patient in a wheelchair can be rolled into the device. A treadmill is located at the bottom of the unit for extra therapeutical purposes.
Nearly 30 percent of the money being spent on the renovation will go to Adams County contractors, something the AHN trustees sought so that the money would stay within the county.
Don Myers Plumbing and Heating of Berne was awarded a pair of contracts: for the plumbing work at a cost of $119,044 and the HVAC work for $144,581, bringing the firm a total of $263,625.
LICA Construction Corporation of Berne was given the asphalt paving and site concrete contractt at $152,414.65.
Fleming Excavating of Decatur easily was the lowest bidder for site earthwork and site utilities, with a price of $143,985.
Two other Decatur firms, Finish Line Interiors and AQM Quality Painting were awarded contracts. Finish Line Interiors will handle the building's drywall installation for $29,145 while AQM picked up the painting work for $22,752.
Of the 19 categories which were available, only two —f loor coverings and roofing and sheet metal — were not awarded Wednesday. Construction manager Kevin Runkle recommended holding off on those bids for a short period and promised it would not hold up site work.
Other contracts awarded Wednesday included:
• Gloyd Concrete, building concrete, $105,985.
• Mossburg Masonry, masonry work, $64,900.
• Witwer Construction, general trades/carpentry/specialties, $352,200.
• Rosema Corporation, EIFS, $31,100.
• Momper Insulation, insulation work, $8,275.
• Hartford Glass of Fort Wayne, aluminum doors/frames/windows, $30,196.
• Strahm Group, acoustical ceiling system, $16,700.
• VFP Fire Protection, automatic fire protection, $35,953.
• L & A Electric, electrical work, $251,470.