Concrete poured for new hospital

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Construction on a brand new $450 million hospital is right on schedule, according to McLaren officials.

Crews broke ground in December.

The new hospital, near the corner of Collins and Forest Roads in Lansing, is set to open in 2022, but the foundation is already being laid.

Tuesday began the process of pouring 18,000 cubic yards of concrete into what will be the hospital's basement.

"The concrete will continue through the summer, but you'll see more and more from the expressway, in particular of the steel, coming up starting late May and that'll go to about Christmas time," said Keith Berry, senior project manager.

"390 tons of steel will go into reinforcing the concrete pad and soon you'll see a crane and steel being erected," said McLaren Chief Operating Officer Casey Kandow.

The new hospital is creating jobs in the area.

Right now, there are about 40 workers on site, but McLaren estimates 2,500 construction jobs will be created.

McLaren expects to hire 80 more people when the hospital opens.

The new hospital will have room for 240 beds, a cancer center, and a medical service building.

The current hospital at the Greenlawn campus and the orthopedic hospital on Pennsylvania will be re-purposed once the new hospital is in operation.