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Pile driving hits bedrock at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital


DeWitt Construction has spent the last week installing some of the 91 precast concrete piles to support the foundation of the new Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.

Installation of the piles on the 52,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed by Wednesday, Sept. 19. Construction on the facility adjacent to the current hospital near the corner of 3043 NE 28th St. and West Devils Lake Road will continue from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with an occasional Friday and Saturday as needed.

Pile Driving at New Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital

The new Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital is in the pile driving phase. Special thanks to CEO Lesley Ogden, MD, Director of Engineering Chris Lemar and Marketing and PR Coordinator Mary Jo Kerlin for the access.

Posted by Lincoln City Homepage on Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Pile driving is being paused during sensitive surgeries or procedures to avoid vibrations. Local helicopter service and U.S. Coast Guard helicopters have been notified of the construction.

The piles are being driven 60 to 80 feet to bedrock for the building’s stability. The steel tubes are filled with rebar and concrete, and are hammered to refusal, in accordance with Oregon Seismic Code standards.

A live video feed has been set up in the hospital’s emergency waiting room and cafeteria to watch Skanska USA Building contractors work.

Homepage interviewed CEO Lesley Ogden, MD; SNLH Director of Engineering Chris Lemar; and Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator Mary Jo Kerlin Tuesday about the latest construction phase.

They said the hospital will be easy to navigate, with focused wayfinding using signage that can be seen clearly from long distances.

The simplifying of hallways will gain wasted space and make it easier for people to find what they are looking for. Keeping departments working closely in tandem will boost efficiency, they said.

The focus on patient privacy will be handled much like a play, where “backstage” will be hidden from “onstage.”

Skanska’s Portland office is overseeing construction.

Progress reports and time-lapse video can be found at:

The “Project Corners” app can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store to follow the construction.

Justin Werner
Justin Werner
Justin Werner is the founder and editor of the Lincoln City Homepage, a trusted source of local news and information for residents and visitors of Lincoln City, Oregon. He is also a community leader, entrepreneur, and dedicated advocate for transparency and accountability in local government.


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