Onley, VA —Passersby on Market Street in Onley have been treated to the sight of workers on the new Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital property preparing the site for construction.

Riverside Health System's newest building project is expected to be an economic driver for the Shore during the months of construction. That's the message potential subcontractors, vendors and suppliers took away from three introductory open house events. The events gave local and regional subcontractor candidates an opportunity to meet the construction team and explore opportunities to participate in the project with the prime contractor, Turner Construction Company.

Turner Construction hosted the open houses in Melfa, Cape Charles and Chincoteague and provided detailed building plans.

The relocation of Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital will be one of Riverside's largest projects to date, resulting in a 136,000-square-foot hospital in Onancock built from the ground up. In addition to the main hospital, the total project includes a newly-constructed cancer center and a physician office building.

Over the past year, Turner Construction and Riverside have worked on preconstruction services including early program and schematic level estimates, budget management, and value engineering suggestions. Every detail has been planned out, down to the location of telephones and computers, so that work can now progress quickly.

E.V. Williams, Inc. was awarded the site contract and currently has workers on-site.

An Economic Driver

Turner Construction's Joe Kranz reported that project bidding has been "open and competitive" for subcontractors and other vendors.

The goal is to keep the work as local as possible so that the project itself can contribute to the economic health of the entire region.

"Riverside wants to keep local businesses involved in the work because that's who the hospital treats –local people," said Todd Martin, Riverside's System Director for the project. "We want to keep the money here, locally in town and in Virginia, as much as possible."

Rick Allard, Division Manager from Watson Electrical out of Chesapeake attended one of the introductory contractor events as an interested bidder on the project, and agrees on the benefits of local involvement.

"As a huge builder, Turner Construction has been really great to work with in the past, so it's nice to see familiar faces working on the project, and to have the opportunity to be in on the planning early, knowing we'll have to competitively bid," Allard said.

The new Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital was designed specifically and uniquely for the healthcare needs of the Eastern Shore.

The facility will be a brick, two-story, steel frame structure with masonry and curtain wall.

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Published: December 16, 2014