New Lancaster Patient Care Center to Greatly Boost North Country Economy
Construction of New Weeks Medical Center Facility Will Bring 650 Jobs and a $15 Million Economic Impact to the Region
After a ceremonial groundbreaking in September, Week Medical Center reports that construction on its new Lancaster Patient Care Center is underway and is expected to bring significant economic impact to the North Country region. The medical center and its contractor, Daniel Hebert Inc. of Colebrook, expect the construction project will employ approximately 650 people in various capacities and add more than $15 million to the Coos County economy. The majority of these jobs will come from businesses located within the region.
“The Lancaster Patient Care Center will be a huge boost to the economy of Coos County, providing immediate construction jobs and permanent places of employment in the medical field for years to come,” said Chris Hebert, construction manager of Daniel Hebert Inc. “We have a network of subcontractors who are based in this area and who will work on the Lancaster Patient Care Center throughout construction. Since the day we broke ground, local people have had boots on the ground working on this project. Several companies located in the North Country will see a much needed economic boost and this in turn will impact the entire region. These companies are going to be on site because they are local, professional, and competitive.
“We estimate that a total of 650 people will work on this project in various capacities,” Hebert said. “This will include people who work on the design and construction of the new center as well as people working in development, marketing, financing, architecture, and civil, mechanical, and structural engineering. More than 200 construction works will work directly on the site over the next year.”
Contracts have been awarded to various companies throughout the region to provide services to the new center. The companies (and their contract estimates) include Daniel Hebert Inc, Colebrook ($11 million for construction and HVAC); AB Excavating, Lancaster ($1.1 million for sitework); RG Gosselin, Derby, VT ($780,000 for concrete); Whipple Masonry, Lancaster ($380,000 for masonry); Wilco Direct, Littleton ($500,000 for stairs, railings, ductwork, and fans); Northwoods Manufacturing, Lancaster ($250,000 for casework and countertops); Richard Mckenzie Carpentry, Maidstone, VT ($50,000 for carpentry); DG Roofing, St. Johnsbury, VT ($255,000 for roofing); Quality Insulation, Meredith ($90,000 for building insulation); Portland Glass, Berlin ($40,000 for glass/glazing); Hicks Painting, Whitefield ($140,000 for painting); McGee Company, Lancaster ($400,000 for plumbing); Boone Testing and Balancing, West Burke, VT ($20,000 for HVAC testing and balancing); Yeaton Associates, Littleton ($176,000 for engineering); and Daniels Electric, Laconia ($1.2 million for electrical services).
“The new Lancaster Patient Care Center will have a dramatic influence on the healthcare of our community, but we’re also aware of the significant impact the new building will have on our region’s economy,” said Mike Lee, president of Weeks Medical Center. “The jobs created locally during construction, and the jobs created once the new Patient Care Center opens, will impact the economy of the North Country in very positive ways and will have lasting effects for years to come. We’re very grateful for all the local companies who are working on this important project.”
For more information about the new Lancaster Patient Care Center at Weeks Medical Center, please visit WeeksMedical.org/buildingcampaign.