ROCK SPRINGS — Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County is getting the ball rolling on its Central Plant upgrade project by starting the bid process.

At the hospital’s Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday, the trustees were provided with a status report from Jake Levinson with STB Engineering, the company overseeing the upgrade. Levinson said STB is in the process of putting together a bid package, and site visits for potential bidders will be conducted.

A bid opening is scheduled to happen on or the day before the hospital’s Building and Grounds Committee August meeting. The bid would then be brought to the trustees at their September board meeting, according to Levinson.

Trustee Barbara Sowada noted the board would not be meeting in September; instead, it was agreed the bid would be ready for the trustees at the Aug. 29 Quality Workshop.

The Central Plant upgrade is a project that has been in the works since the trustees were made aware of the deteriorated state of the pipes and mechanical systems throughout the hospital. This was a product of deferred maintenance over the years. The trustees have since been working to save up capital maintenance money and schedule out the projects in an effort to upgrade the old systems.

Levinson also noted that water was found in lower depths than expected near where the cooling towers will be located. After a few additional boring were conducted, it was determined any fix to this would be an “unnecessary expenditure.”

He additionally discussed the ‘challenging puzzle” of figuring out where and how to install new piping so that the hospital will not lose service.

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