Building trades leaders flock to Wishard meetings

More than 400 building trades leaders attended meetings this week about construction work on a new Wishard Memorial Hospital.

On Thursday, Wishard officials shuttled nearly 300 people to the new hospital’s site between 10th and Michigan streets on the west side of the IUPUI campus for a tour, and then staged and an informational meeting and networking event for minority-, women- and veteran-owned contractors.

On Tuesday, Wishard leaders gave 400 interested building trades leaders their instructions for submitting bids.

The first part of the hospital project will be construction of a 2,300-space parking garage. That project, which begins in March, will employ 315 workers next year and another 524 in 2011.

The hospital itself will be a 1.2-million-square-foot facility, which will include 315 patient beds, 18 operating rooms, 12 birthing rooms and a 90-bed emergency department. Wishard will also construct an ambulatory clinic building, an administrative office building and a central utility plant on the site.

The entire Wishard project will employ 4,400 workers. It is scheduled to be completed in December 2013.

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