Demolition is underway at the former Hamilton Hospital building. The building is still largely intact with many windows remaining, but the gaping hole on the west side of the building is evidence of progress in bringing down the old building.
Midwest Construction Services of Fort Dodge is demolishing the building. Hospital Administrator Palmer Schneider said in June that the firm turned in a bid of $237,088 to demolish the building and was awarded the contract in May. Seven other firms submitted bids ranging up to the high bid of $564,000.
Anderson Excavating Co. of Omaha was awarded the contract to handle the asbestos abatement at the structure and completed their work in late June. Schneider said six bids were received for the work. Bids ranged from a high of $158,943 to Anderson Excavating's bid of $103,807.
The west side of the old Hamilton Hospital building lies open as construction crews work to demolish the structure. Demolition has been ongoing since late June after asbestos abatement was handled earlier in the month.
Hospital and county officials had tried unsuccessfully to find new occupants for the old building, but costs of operating the structure and the physical layout of the building proved to be obstacles for would-be tenants. They decided upon demolition in March.