JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Wednesday marks a major milestone for the mental hospital being built in Junction City. Construction crews are erecting the largest wall of the hospital, with Representative Val Hoyle and city leaders on site to witness it.
They’ll also be watching just how much of an economic impact the construction will have on the local area. Between 300 and 500 people will be working on the construction aspect alone. Including the other workers behind the scenes and companies that provide all of the materials, the project willl create about 2,300 local jobs.
“Right now we have about 97 percent of our bidding awarded to Oregon companies, so we’re putting Oregonians back to work on this project,” says Jodie Jones with the OSH Replacement Project.
The hospital is also in the process of hiring 500 permanent jobs. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2014 and the hospital will open in Spring 2015.