- 2012 - October - 17th -

Construction starting in 60 days on $15 million Clay medical office building

by Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

St. Vincent’s HealthCare expects work to start in about 60 days on a $15 million medical office building next to its Clay County hospital under construction.

Barry Darnell, St. Vincent’s system director of major construction, said the building should open in early October 2013 on the same day as the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County.

Plans shows the office building will be a 60,090-square-foot, three-story structure on 4.72 acres on the hospital campus at Blanding Boulevard and Branan Field Road.

Johnson Development is the developer and Prosser Hallock is shown on plans as the engineer.

Darnell said St. Vincent’s is leasing the ground to Johnson Development, based in Birmingham, Ala., for development. He said the company specializes in medical office buildings.

Darnell said Johnson Development will negotiate the tenants and leases. St. Vincent’s said the hospital will use 20,000 square feet of space there for some of its departments and physicians.

Darnell said the parcel could support another medical office building, but there was no timetable for construction.

Darnell said the shell of the medical office building will cost about $10 million and the build-out is about $5 million.

He also estimates it will create about 125 construction jobs and 250-300 medical and related jobs within the building once completed.

He said Johnson Development works within the Ascension Health system. St. Vincent’s HealthCare is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system with more than 110,000 associates serving in 70 general acute care hospitals.

St. Vincent’s HealthCare includes St. Vincent’s Riverside, St. Vincent’s Southside, St. Catherine Labouré Manor, St. Vincent’s Primary Care, Consolidated Laboratories, Advanced Patient Transportation, Seton Pharmacies and Consolidated Pharmacies, as well as the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County.

St. Vincent’s Medical Center was founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1916 to provide health services to the sick and the poor in North Florida.

The 64-bed, 147,000-square-foot hospital in Clay County is under development on a 36.12-acre site at a project cost of $84 million. Darnell expects to see about 300 full-time jobs at the hospital.

Brasfield & Gorrie is the contractor for the hospital and the medical office building, he said.

Darnell said the hospital is designed for expansion and would provide a maximum of 250 beds. He said there was no timetable for expansion.

St. Vincent’s HealthCare said ground was broken for the hospital on June 23, 2011. The hospital facilities will provide cardiac and neurological care, general surgery, orthopedics, digestive health services, women’s services, urology, radiology, surgical and emergency services with adult and pediatric outpatient capabilities, laboratory services, diagnostic imaging and more.

Vistakon, Arboretum apply for projects

Among St. Johns River Water Management District applications:

• Vistakon, a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Products Inc., proposes to add a data center generator at its Deerwood Park manufacturing facility. RS&H Inc. is the agent.

• Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens proposes to build a boardwalk at its 1445 Millcoe Road project in the Arlington area. Genesis Group is the agent for the boardwalk over wetlands to access the northern upland portion of the arboretum and gardens.

Palatka bridge company files layoff notice

PDM Bridge LLC filed a 2012 Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification on Monday with the state that it might lay off 36 employees. The layoff dates are listed as Dec. 10-Feb. 10.

The company sent a letter Oct. 5 to the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce about the conditional WARN notice.

“This action is expected to be temporary and at this point we cannot forecast an ending date due to the project bidding process,” said the letter to chamber Vice President of Economic Development Alex McCoy and signed by PDM Bridge HR Manager Tammy Evanchik.

She wrote the conditional notice “is given in an abundance of caution.”

She said it was not atypical for there to be gaps in operating schedules as projects begin and end.

However, she said it was the first time “in the history of PDM Bridge Palatka” that it had seen a gap in the operating schedule suddenly occur that might involve a layoff that could affect 33 percent of its workforce for six months.

Evanchik wrote that if current bids are awarded, no further layoffs would occur and employees on layoff will be recalled.

PDM Bridge is a steel fabricator that produces components for bridge structures. The PDM Bridge website, pdmbridge.com, describes its Palatka facility as 231,000 square feet of building facilities on a 117-acre site next to the St. Johns River. The site said the Palatka facility is operational six days a week, 16 hours a day, and has 150 employees.

It said the facility divides its fabrication efforts between complex bridge structures and plate girder projects.

The facility includes separate buildings for steel fabrication, assembly and indoor steel storage. It also includes a 43,000-square-foot paint shop.

PDM Bridge dates to the late 1880s and is the consolidation of several facilities. Its four facilities are in Eau Claire and Wausau, Wis.; Proctor, Minn.; and Palatka. It has about 550 employees total, comprising 250 at Eau Claire, the 150 in Palatka, 100 at Wausau and 50 at Proctor.

Evanchik could not be reached to confirm the employee count.

Its principal offices are in Chicago.

The website said the Palatka acquisition allowed it to use the waterways to transport finished products to customers by barge.

The job titles of the employees that could be affected by the layoff include welders, maintenance employees and other production workers.


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