The damage is expected to delay the project three or four weeks, said Dr. Robert McElroy, medical director for Tallgrass Prairie Surgical Specialists Ambulatory Surgery Center. He
expects the 96,000-square-foot center will be completed in early September.
"It bent the roof joists on the part that was not covered," McElroy
said of the storm, which occurred April 19."They're specialized roof joists that have to be prefabricated, so it's a delay of several weeks getting those."
The project is valued at about $15 million, including an $8 million estimated construction value plus the costs of fixed equipment.
The new facility will include an outpatient surgery center on the first floor and a rehabilitation center and doctors' offices on the second and third floors.
By limiting services to outpatient surgeries, McElroy
said, the center will be more efficient and less costly than other surgery centers.
"We expect it will provide significant low cost or more economical surgery at a very attractive setting that is very visible and very accessible," he
said."We think that will be important for both the patients and the buyers of healthcare."