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South Lake Hospital picks contractors for three expansion projects along U.S. 27

South Lake Hospital is gearing up for a $50 million-expansion, and has chosen contractors for the three major construction projects the company announced in mid-March.

The hospital, an affiliate of Orlando Health, is planning an expansion at its main Clermont campus that will nearly double the emergency room space and add three new operating suites to the four it has now, said Kim Couch, manager of community relations for the hospital.

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Robins and Morton was chosen to do the $25- to $30-million job that is expected to start in early October, and take 18 months to complete. Displaced employees will find temporary office space in a medical office building next door that the hospital bought in March, said Couch.

A rendering of South Lake Hospital's emergency department expansion.
A rendering of South Lake Hospital's emergency department expansion. (provided)

In addition, the hospital is building two additional satellite sites, one north of the main hospital on U.S. 27 and another south of the hospital, also on U.S. 27 in the Four Corners area close to where Lake, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties meet.

The North Building will be an urgent care development that could be expanded to an emergency room in the future.  Plans call for two one-story buildings, one an urgent care, and the other an out-patient clinic for testing and other laboratory services including blood drawing.

Evergreen Construction was chosen for the construction on U.S. 27 near the 272 Turnpike exit. Work is scheduled to start after the main hospital construction, but before the end of the year. The cost is expected to be between $8 million and $10 million.

The third development, a free-standing emergency room, had Schmid Construction chosen as the contractor. It will also serve as a space for patient services, including blood work or x-rays.

The development is also on U.S. 27, near 192 and Summer Bay resort. Construction is expected to start after the hospital's new north development and cost between $8-$10 million.

Both the north and south developments are expected to take 10 to 12 months to complete.

Teresa Burney can be reached at 352-455-1955 or at Teresaburney4@gmail.com. Follow GrowthSpotter on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

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