Construction on Coryell Memorial halted as contractor walks off job

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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) New uncertainty has been raised after the general contractor pulled workers from the hospital site it had been overseeing.

The brand new two story building in Gatesville lied quiet Friday with no constructions workers on site.

Ground was broken in November 2016 for the renovation and expansion of Coryell Memorial Hospital.

The 117,000-square foot project includes new operating rooms, a new 25-bed hospital wing, administration offices, a 16-bed rehab facility and the new central plant that houses chillers and boilers.

The June 2018 blast at Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville claimed three lives and injured 13 others.

By late October, General Contractor Adolfson and Peterson Construction pulled its workers from job site.

According to a November report by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the explosion resulted from a large pocket of natural gas that had flowed from disconnected gas lines into the building.

Adolfsen Peterson, remained on the job until late fall.

On Friday, the slab and pipes where the explosion took place in the back of the complex remain the same. The back wall of the clinic is still damaged.

In a statement, hospital officials told KWTX:

"The rebuilding of the Central Utilities Plant (CPU) is a complex process involving many contractors, engineers and insurance companies. We hope to begin the rebuilding process and reconstruction in early 2019."

Adolfson Peterson of Richardson, would not elaborate on the reason for the walk-off, but told KWTX Friday, "We concur with the hospital's statement."

According to the contractor’s website, in November it was selected to build the new four-story sports medicine building at the Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Medical Center campus.