The board of trustees of Lawrence Memorial Hospital voted to accept a contract with an architectural and engineering firm for the designing of the hospital's west expansion.
This morning, the board agreed to hire Henningson, Durham and Richardson Inc., Omaha, Neb., to design the expansion. LMH will pay the firm a percentage of the cost of the expansion's construction.
A proposal listing the requirements for a general contractor to work with the HDR and oversee construction of the expansion also was approved by the board. The proposal will be sent to construction firms across the Midwest
The expansion project will include approximately 91,000 gross square footage of new construction and 14,000 gross square footage of renovation.
This project also would include a new admitting and registration area, gift shop, rehabilitative medicine and pharmacy. It does not include the medical office building which will be built on the south west side of the existing hospital.
Robert Ohlen, executive director of LMH, also showed the board scale drawings of the medical office building.
"The developers have contacted all medical offices in the community," Ohlen said. "Many have responded favorably to have a presentation made to them about renting space in the building."
The plans for the three-story building show the basement being used for storage and mechanical equipment. The first floor will house some hospital departments such as chemotherapy with some available tenant space. The second and third floors would be available for lease.
The board also agreed to purchase four lots of land near the corner of Fourth Street and Arkansas for $78,100. There are two houses on the lots at this time, but only one is occupied.
"This is an opportunity for us to visit with Mike Wildgen to see if we can work out some contract with the city to see if we can build a small parking garage on that land," Ohlen said.
He said the garage would help alleviate some of the parking problems in that area.
Also at the meeting, LMH employee Ann Sands, a radiologist, was named the hospital's employee of the year for 1993.
"I really do love working at LMH," she said. "I've been here 10 years and plan to be here for many, many years."