Sage Living

Preliminary architectural drawings for St. John’s Medical Center’s Sage Living assisted living facility show a two-story design.

Sage Living is going to be a bit plusher than previously thought.

At the St. John’s Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, Trustee Joe Albright announced that several projects that had been removed from the budget would be put back in.

With funding from the contingency fund and donations to the St. John’s Hospital Foundation, the additions will make the facility more comfortable and more structurally sound.

“Some of these don’t seem like they should have been optional,” Albright told his colleagues.

The most expensive project is a vapor barrier for the roof. The waterproof underlayment is designed to keep water from infiltrating the walls of the senior living center, where it could grow mold.

At nearly $85,000, the vapor barrier was “inadvertently left out of the final construction budget,” Albright’s facilities committee report said.

Another pricey item that may or may not make the final cut is a backup conduit for low-voltage electricity. St. John’s and its owner representative Kyle Gillette don’t know whether code requires the conduit, so it is included in the added projects pending a decision from the Wyoming Department of Health.

One more item that was supposed to be in the final budget is heat tape along the building’s gutters to prevent ice dams from forming and causing damage to the gutters or the roof.

Additional items to be added back into the design are comfort elements, rather than structural. The first is a pair of fireplaces in the large common rooms. Original designs called for six fireplaces, two in common spaces and four throughout residential areas, to lend a homier feel.

A staircase in the entryway is another such homey touch.

“It will make it feel less like a hospital,” Albright said.

Also added back are two roof patios with views of the National Elk Refuge.

In all, the added projects will cost $335,878, with $150,000 coming from the contingency fund and $185,878 from the foundation.

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Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

(1) comment

Gregory Miles

Add every single one of those items back to the budget! Just a reminder to Joe- This is not a hospital nor should it be referred to anything close to that. This is a Living Center, a home for the elderly.

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