LIMA — Work on Rhodes State College’s $24 million Center for Health Science Education & Innovation is underway in downtown Lima.
This week, Spieker Construction, out of the Toledo area, started erecting a fence around the Town Square property. Large equipment is preparing the ground for the project.
Spieker Construction was awarded the nearly $14 million contract for construction on the site.
Dominion Energy will be the first to start work on the site.
“They have some more to do with the pipe that comes into the city and they were going to be doing work around the city anyway, so they just worked our project and to get it done so that Spieker Construction could begin to do their work,” said Cynthia Spiers, president of Rhodes State College.
Actual construction should begin in the coming weeks.
“They will be starting to, as soon as Dominion is done with their work. They will begin to dig up dirt and get the foundation in and then from there, they’ll just start hauling in the steel and all of that and Spieker will have everything they need to continue each phase of the project,” Spiers said.
The Ohio Facilities Construction commission had previously set an official groundbreaking for March 26.
“It’s been delayed. It was approved to do that, but we had to delay it, you know — Governor’s orders, executive orders, and we’re trying to not congregate,” Spiers said.
Spiers reiterates the importance of the project in training the next generation of healthcare workers.
“This facility is of greater importance to the communities that we serve, I think now, more than ever, because there was already a health care shortage and with the situation that we’ve encountered in the last few months (COVID-19 pandemic), we know that we’re going to increase the capacity for the number of students who will come out of that facility and be able to assist all healthcare workers. We’re very proud of the fact that we’re helping this community that way, and we’re very proud of all the alumni who are nurses and allied health who are working today to help individuals in this region,” Spiers said.
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