It looks like the state will not have to pay for some mistakes made during the construction of the new Broughton Hospital that has delayed the opening until the fall of 2016. According to a published report, Representative Hugh Blackwell, a Republican from Burke County, said there have been two significant problems with the construction of the hospital. Construction on the new Broughton Hospital in Morganton started in April 2012. The original date anticipated for the state to take ownership of the mental health facility was in late 2014.
The elevation of the first and second floors of the hospital was not level, said Blackwell in the report. Blackwell reportedly requested information from the state about the construction issues at the hospital. In the report, it says that Blackwell understands the contractor for the job, Archer Western Contractors of Charlotte, has assumed all costs for the corrections.
Part of the problem with the elevation issue had to do with the condition of the soil. He said the contractor had responsibilities to ensure they could build the hospital on the soil. Blackwell says in the published report soil problems can be dealt with and solved without the project having to be abandoned. The state’s position is the soil problem is something the contractor should have dealt with before the construction process.
The report says that Kevin Howell, a spokesperson for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, said in December that soil corrections can mean removing and replacing existing soft soils or treating in-place soils to provide sufficient bearing capacity to support the building foundations.
Another issue involves the insulation of the building. Blackwell said the insulation got wet because it wasn’t adequately protected. He said the contractor is working to correct the issue and has made no demands from the state for money.
The state is reportedly monitoring the construction work and any delay costs will be assumed by the contractor. Blackwell says in the published report that state officials believe that once the problems get corrected, the project shouldn’t cost the state additional money.