With the extensive foundation work behind them, crews working on the new Northern Inyo Hospital have started to erect the steel frame that will be the new building.
Its been over a year since the demolition crew tore down the old main hospital building. Over this time period, most of the work has been at ground level with crews sinking deep piers into the ground and other foundation work.
Northern Inyo Hospital officials report that the crane for the framing arrived over a week ago. The first piece of steel was put up on Wednesday March 31, but already crews have assembled the steel frame at a quick pace.
Officials say that there are over 2,000 pieces of steel that have to be fitted, bolted, and welded in critical areas. The steel framing process will continue for about seven more weeks. In the next month, officials say that we will see more of the same except for the installation of the second floor and roof concrete in about three weeks.
This is the third building of the voter-approved hospital upgrades. The first two buildings, for digital imaging and the support building were finished in April of 2008, after a ground breaking in December of 2006.