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The new hospital will be on the campus of HealthPark Medical Center in south Fort Myers.
The new hospital will be on the campus of HealthPark Medical Center in south Fort Myers. / Special to The News-Press

The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

Work on the $250 million Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida expansion is expected to begin this year and be complete in 2016. Plans call for a new building that will provide up to 160 pediatric beds.

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Lee Memorial Health System’s governing board has given top preference to a Nashville, Tenn.-based firm, SSR Cx, to review construction work connected with the $250 million Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida expansion.

The contract must still be finalized, though its value will likely represent a small percentage — maybe less than 1 percent — of the total project cost, said Dave Kistel, the health system’s vice president for facilities.

Firms competing for the contract were assigned points by special health system committee overseeing the project. The Dallas-based firm CCRD came in second. Matern Professional Engineering, which has offices throughout Florida, came in third.

A similar point system was used to determine the winning firm for the $12 million architectural contract and that for the $144 million contract with construction manager Skanska USA.

“This is the third leg of the stool,” Kistel told board members Thursday. The board approved SSR Cx’s ranking with no debate.

The contract will be for “commissioning services,” those related to making sure the building components, such as the electrical system, are working as they should.

Plans call for a five-story Children’s Hospital tower to go up adjacent to HealthPark Medical Center in south Fort Myers. The new 292,000-square-foot hospital building will house up to 160 pediatric beds.

The current Children’s Hospital, now within HealthPark, has 98.

Work on the new hospital building is expected to begin this year. It is expected to open in 2016. Officials hope to raise $125 million to help fund the hospital. To date, fundraisers have received or expect to soon receive about $70 million.

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