Cherokee Nation has broken ground on its new outpatient and primary care facility in Oklahoma, US.
The new four-storey facility, to be located next to the existing W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, has been designed by Childers Architects and HKS Architects. It will feature 180 exam rooms, and an ambulatory surgery centre with five surgical suites and two endoscopy suites.
The 43,570 sq m facility, built to LEED specifications, is expected to be the largest health centre of any tribe in the country.
The project is the outcome of the largest IHS-joint venture agreement ever between a tribe and the federal government, according to Cherokee Nation.
Cherokee Nation is paying $200M for the construction of the health centre and Indian Health Service funding has agreed to pay an estimated $80M or more per year for at least 20 years for staffing and operation costs. Flintco will serve as the construction manager and will collaborate with Cooper Construction on the project.
Cherokee Nation principal chief Bill John Baker said: "The Cherokee Nation has broken barriers in health care throughout Indian Country for years, and with the addition of the new facility and new services that will come with this facility, we will be pioneers in health care recognized throughout the entire nation."
The project, expected to be concluded in 2019, will create about 350 construction jobs and over 850 new health jobs.
* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.