Construction begins on new Shelby County Health Department headquarters

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Construction has started on a brand new $25 million Shelby County Health Department headquarters.

The new facility is on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and North Manassas Street and maintains the same cope with, 814 Jefferson. Once the creation of the brand new constructing is entire, the old homes may be torn down, and a brand new parking zone may be delivered.

Discussions about the new headquarters commenced several years ago after a observe at the present day website recommended constructing a brand new facility in place of renovating the present day one. One building was erected in the course of the Fifties and the opposite within the Nineteen Seventies.

Shelby County Health Department director Alisa Haushalter, who changed into appointed to her function in January 2016, played a crucial component in supplying input to what is going to be in the new facility.

“The intention isn’t always to add new services, but to do old matters in new ways,” Haushalter stated. “To be targeted on patient-pleasant (services), and feature surroundings this is greater efficiency, and customers don’t have to wait as long.”

Architecture company brg3s designed the brand new Health Department building and Turner Construction Co. Is answerable for production.

Haushalter stated the fitness branch’s project is evolving continuously. One essential addition might be a community room, in which the department can keep events, also, to collaborate with other community groups and organizations.

“This new building is the general public’s building,” she said. “It’s there to provide services, and that’s what we’re searching ahead to.”

Shelby County plans to keep a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction April three. The groundbreaking may be for the duration of National Public Health Week, a national party of improving the country’s fitness.

“This today’s new facility will allow the dedicated specialists at the Health Department to leverage new generation and evidence-based practices to serve our citizens higher,” Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said in a declaration.

County Commission vice chairman Mark Billingsley said Haushalter satisfied him and lots of different stakeholders numerous years in the past of why the new building changed into crucial.

“The health of our citizens is important in Shelby County,” Billingsley stated. “The fitness department does wonderful paintings. We’ve got one of the nice leaders within the us of a main our health department. It makes an experience that we provide a facility that may meet the wishes of our workforce as well as the citizens of Shelby County.”

As for a timeline on construction being completed, Billingsley said he became informed the brand new constructing can be ready in four years.