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DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. — Officials said construction for Wake Forest Baptist Health – West Campus, the 88-acre site in Bermuda Run on NC Highway 801 at Interstate 40, has been cleared and construction is fully underway. 

Authorities said there will be between 100 and 150 workers on the site as construction is in full swing.  Wake Forest Baptist anticipates 200 permanent health care and related jobs will be created once phase one is complete.

Officials said grading of the site for the outpatient services building has been completed and workers have poured the foundation of the 101,000-square-foot building. 

Concrete walls have been constructed below grade and steel is being erected. The outpatient services building will house the emergency department, diagnostic imaging and outpatient surgery.

Authorities said more than 185,000 cubic yards of dirt was moved in fewer than three months. Grading continues at the site for the 60,000-square-foot medical office building, loop road, parking lots and commercial development.

With phase one grading complete, construction materials have been delivered to the site and construction is underway. 

“The site is buzzing with construction activity,” said Karen Huey, vice president of facilities at Wake Forest Baptist, according to a prepared statement. “Soon, there will be more than 100 construction workers on the site.”

Rodgers Builders, Inc. of Charlotte is the general contractor for phase one of the medical center.

Rodgers has constructed buildings for more than 40 hospitals in the southeast. Rodgers is providing opportunities for subcontractors in Davie and adjoining counties to participate in the project. The total cost of phase one is estimated at $79 million.

Approximately half of the land has been set aside for commercial development, including banks, restaurants, hotels and shops.

“We believe our investment and the planned investment in the commercial development will be a stimulus for future economic growth,” said John McConnell, M.D., CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

The two buildings in phase one are scheduled to be completed by late next fall. Phase two of the project, which includes the development of hospital beds, is scheduled for completion in 2017.