Mary Lanning ‘on schedule’ with building addition

Mary Lanning Healthcare's Medical Service Building addition is on track to be completed by the...
Mary Lanning Healthcare's Medical Service Building addition is on track to be completed by the end of 2023 or early 2024.(Leroy Triggs)
Published: Jan. 26, 2023 at 11:04 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Mary Lanning Healthcare is nearing the end of construction on part of their $22 million dollar project.

Chief Construction is the head of the project, and they say the outside of the building is expected to be complete by the end of February, with the entire project finishing up by the end of the year or early next year.

Leaders at Mary Lanning say they have brought in a lot of specialty positions over the past decade, and being under one roof is more ideal for everyone involved.

“You try to put them in spaces that are available in Hastings, which that’s why we have them kind of spread all over,” said Mike Callahan, MLH Chief Operating Officer. “It makes better sense to have one central location for our specialty physicians and our family practice.”

Callahan said the project will make it more convenient for patients to do all of their tests.

There will be three floors in the building, with two of them devoted to Mary Lanning specialty physicians and family doctors. Then on the third floor, Mary Lanning, Bryan Health, and Hastings College will create a school of nursing.

“It’s not like, you know, it takes 30 minutes to get across Hastings but it’s just going to be more convenient right here,” said Callahan. “It’s just a walk down the hall instead of having to drive across Hastings to get other tests done.”

Now, Construction officials say a good start was key to avoiding any setbacks due to weather.

“We try to get started obviously when we have good weather,” said Mark Moravec, Chief Construction Business Development Manager. “We did have good weather for doing the footing and foundations and things like that. Every year is different, you know a year ago we hardly had any snow, and it was pretty warm weather and so we were able to complete things a lot quicker.”

Cold weather conditions certainly can slow down operations, but the recent winter weather has actually allowed them to get ahead on interior work.

“We had the entire building enclosed and so the inside progress is actually, we’re ahead of schedule in a lot of areas on the inside,” said Moravec. “The rest of things outside will get completed it’s just a little bit more difficult for those outside workers.”

Officials say, unlike most projects, this one was able to avoid having supply chain issues.

“Communication goes a long way,” said Kyle Huse, Chief Construction Project Manager. “Post-COVID there are not as many materials as there were prior to COVID. So, we just need to make sure that we stay up in front of those things and get them on site on time.”

Huse said their subcontractors have also played a huge role in keeping the project on its projected timeline. He says they make sure and are getting things done on time. Their subcontractors are already doing electrical and drywall work inside the building.

Overall, the goal of the project is to make everything easier for Mary Lanning’s patients and staff.

“As we get everything together and not so spread out, we’re able to share staff a little bit more and help each other out, said Callahan. “It’s going to help us staff our clinics in a much more efficient manner than what we have before.”

Callahan said he’s excited about the project because a couple of years ago, he wasn’t sure if this was going to be a reality.