Work continues on Thursday on a medical office building being built by Olympic Medical Center south of the hospital in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Work continues on Thursday on a medical office building being built by Olympic Medical Center south of the hospital in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

New $18 million medical office building almost finished

PORT ANGELES — Olympic Medical Center’s new $18 million medical office building is nearing completion.

“We’re heading toward the home stretch,” CEO Eric Lewis told the hospital’s board of commissioners Wednesday.

This week crews installed medical equipment and the hospital’s digital patient records system, Epic, and computers are being tested.

Providers will be moving in to the building in waves over the next couple months, he said.

Once those doctors move in, providers from Peninsula Children’s Clinic will move to the Olympic Primary Care building on Eighth Street.

Olympic Medical Physicians Specialty Clinic and walk-in clinic will move in over the next couple months, he said.

Lewis expects a soft opening for the walk-in clinic on about Jan. 11.

“It’s really over the next couple of months we’ll see some serious move-ins,” he said, adding the next would be the Olympic Medical Physicians Specialty Clinic.

“By the end of February we should have the building full and the vast majority of the construction done,” he said.

What was originally budgeted as a $16.2 million project, under construction by Kirtley-Cole Associates LLC of Everett, will include examination rooms, doctors’ offices, laboratories and primary-care and urgent-care clinics.

The building was designed for the next 50 years, not based on what currently people have, Lewis said in a previous interview.

It will have more primary care access, a walk-in clinic for urgent primary car, more specialty physicians and surgeons.

Commissioners approved a $189,000 change order for the project Wednesday.

A large portion of the order is for an underground fuel tank.

Lewis said it made more sense to put the fuel tank in now, before asphalt is put down.

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Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at jmajor@peninsuladailynews.com.

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