BIG CYPRESS — A long lunch dished out plenty of thanks Oct. 20 to about 100 construction workers and staff at the construction site for the new Big Cypress Medical Center.
“You guys are building something for my people and you are doing a good job at it. So for lunch today, we’re having a little camaraderie and a little hanging out,” said Jeremy Bowers, Board Construction project manager.
The 20,000-square-foot, two-story structure is a Seminole/Stiles construction project set for completion by late spring 2016.
Terry Hardmon, project executive for Stiles Corporation, said the event took the place of a “topping off” ceremony, which typically marks when the building has reached its highest construction point.
In this case, the midday lunch also was held to herald the workers’ continuing attention to on-the-job safety.
“We just want to thank you all for your great attention to safety and for tolerating us and the safety rules,” Hardmon said.
The bottom floor of the clinic will feature a welcoming lobby, several physician offices with examination rooms, pharmacy and pharmacy drive-through window, full kitchen, exercise room and physical therapy room. A pediatric suite and dental offices will occupy much of the second floor. The top level will also feature a nurse’s station and other offices.
The new facility will replace the cluster of portable health service buildings on Josie Billie Highway across from the Frank Billie Field Office.