It’s easy to see that the exterior of the new SSM Health clinic under construction off Highway 151 in Beaver Dam is taking shape. What is less apparent is the extensive work going on inside.
“At the beginning of October, you could stand at one end of the facility and see all the way to the opposite end,” says Kyle Prochaska, senior construction project manager for SSM Health Dean Medical Group. “Right now, that is no longer the case. In fact, as of mid-October, 90 percent of the second-floor drywall has been installed with the first level following behind.”
By end of October, Prochaska says crews can begin interior painting since the drywall process has been right on task.
Outside curb, gutter and sidewalk work is nearing completion with a plan to apply a base coat of asphalt this month.
The exterior brick work for the clinic’s second floor is complete and workers are placing the stone for the first floor and installing framing in preparation for the facility’s beautiful glass windows. The majority of the exterior glazing will be completed in October.
“While we have an aggressive construction schedule,” Prochaska says, “we are progressing right where we want to be which is a real testament to the design and construction teams. We’re entering the stage in this project where fun addition will come to light such as interior finishes like painting, flooring and specialty touches.”
The new 40,000-square-foot, stand-alone clinic will house SSM Health primary and specialty care providers, as well as imaging, laboratory and pharmacy services. Once built, SSM Health will move services currently provided in leased space adjacent to Beaver Dam Community Hospital to the new location. The plan is to begin to provide patient care in the clinic in February 2021.