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BLOOMINGTON — Tradespeople on the OSF St. Joseph Medical Center building addition are busy as the $17.3 million project enters its final month.

“When you come to the last month of a project, you have to make sure that all items are complete,” said project manager Joe Krueger of Mortenson Construction.

“We’re still tracking for early June (completion),” he said this week. “We’re 94 to 95 percent complete.”

Following inspections, the addition should open in late summer, he said.

The two-story, 29,000-square-foot addition — and 5,500 square feet of renovation — will be for a replacement birthing center.

Moving the unit from the hospital’s 1968 building will allow mothers to remain in the same building for labor, delivery and recovery.

The birthing center will have 12 private rooms with space to accommodate a family member overnight and a 15-bed nursery.

Meanwhile, construction of the $24 million, 84,000-square-foot Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center, 3024 E. Empire St., Bloomington, is nearly 40 percent complete and is on schedule to be finished by June 2012 and to open in late summer 2012, said Advocate BroMenn planning and design manager Dan Cooper.

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