County OKs $8.5M contract for Medical Facility remodel

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Jim Heikkinen, project manager for the Houghton County Medical Care Facility renovation, updates the Houghton County board on the project Tuesday.

HOUGHTON — Construction on the Houghton County Medical Care Facility’s remodel will be underway within a month.

Administrator Tammi Lehto and project manager Jim Heikkinen updated the Houghton County Board on the project at its meeting Tuesday night. The board then signed a contract for the $8.5 million project.

Included in the project is an extensive remodel of the basement, ground floor and first floor, along with minor remodeling on the second and third floor. All floors will have “food service and a more home-like atmosphere,” Heikkinen said.

Work is projected to begin on March 15, Lehto said. Construction is expected to last about 18 months, Heikkinen said.

A groundbreaking is planned for March 13, two days before construction starts.

“Everybody come with snowshoes on, and we’ll be good,” Lehto said.