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Details unveiled about new Brunswick hospital at planning meeting

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Technical Review Committee met Thursday, Aug. 21, to review details of the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center.

Novant officials broke ground on the $107-million facility in September, and construction is expected to be completed by 2010, hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said.

The hospital site is 101.25 acres off U.S. 17 about 2.5 miles from the current hospital. The facility will be 252,604 square feet, with an additional 75,000 square feet of medical office space.

The hospital’s architects, Charlotte-based McCullough England Associates, designed a similar community hospital for Novant, Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville, a 50-bed facility completed in 2004.

The hospital’s construction firm is Brasfield and Gorrie, a Birmingham, Ala.-based company, with offices in Raleigh. Site planning is being completed by Site Solutions.

Helen Bunch, the county’s zoning administrator, told county officials, Novant officials and representatives from various utilities the hospital would be permitted in stages.

“It’s a little bit more cumbersome on the permitting, but the approval is the same,” she explained to the group.

With the recent implementation of the countywide Unified Development Ordinance, Bunch said some utilities would have to be “softened” to “make it more aesthetically pleasing.”

The hospital is proposed to span 60 feet high, but a height variance granted by the board of adjustment in December would allow the hospital to be built up to 95 feet, she said.

Laura McFadden, who oversees Novant’s three community hospital construction projects, said the first group of tenants, who would be offered space in the hospital’s 75,000-square foot medical office building, would be the physicians who are currently on the hospital’s campus.

“It helps the community be able to come to one place,” she added.

McFadden and project manager Dennis White are also involved with two other Novant community hospital projects at Mint Hill and Kernersville, which are both 50-bed facilities, Myers said.

McFadden said Novant’s community-based parking structures for their hospitals are surface parking with more green space.

“We really try not to do parking structures at community hospitals,” she said when asked about a parking deck.

Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner told Novant officials they were required to have a 26-foot access road no closer than 15 feet and no farther than 30 feet from the hospital to accommodate a 75,000 ladder truck.

The hospital will have a heliport, which requires an unobstructed approach path.

Caroline Curran is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at ccurran@brunswickbeacon.com.