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Coryell Memorial Hospital to relaunch construction project nearly 10 months after explosion that killed 3

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Posted at 8:05 AM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 09:05:49-04

GATESVILLE, TX — Coryell Memorial Hospital is breaking ground on the hospital’s re-launch of its construction project nearly 10 months after an explosion that killed three people and hurt 14.

The hospital has nearly completed the $42 million renovation and expansion project when a construction accident caused an explosion on June 26.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office said the explosion originated in the boiler and mechanical rooms. A pocket of natural gas within the flammability limits was contained in the room, which caused the large explosion.

On April 9, the hospital is hosting a “re-groundbreaking” event to celebrate and resume construction activity.

“We are pleased to welcome Skiles Group as our new construction partner to our Coryell Health family and the Gatesville Community,” said David Byrom, CEO for Coyrell Health. “The firm will lead supplementation efforts to mobilize and complete our expansion and renovation work.”

The $42 million renovation and expansion project covers about 117,000 square-feet throughout the health system’s campus.

The project will add a 25-bed, two-story hospital to the campus, a 16-bed medical therapy wing to RehabLiving at The Meadows, add two operating rooms and renovate two existing operating rooms and convert existing hospital rooms into Assisted and Independent Living at The Oaks residences.

The first anticipated grand opening will be the cafeteria and dining facility, which is expected to open in May