New Administration Building & Kneehill Medical Clinic Friday, July 8, 2016 • 12:00 to 5:00 pm 1600 2nd Street NE, Three Hills
Kneehill County to host grand opening of new administrative building and medical clinic on Friday, July 8.
There will be some organizational shuffling for the better in Three Hills as Kneehill County is set to celebrate the grand opening of their new administrative building on Friday afternoon.
County and town officials are hosting the event to celebrate the completion of the $10.5 million project that includes both new administrative offices for the county and a new medical clinic for residents.
Located just east of the Three Hills hospital at 1600 2nd Street NE, its proximity to the hospital provides increased efficiency and ease of work for staff moving in between, while its increased space allows for better service for patients.
“We wanted a building that was efficient, we wanted a building that was effective, and that was not extravagant,” said Kneehill County Reeve Bob Long. “We certainly feel we accomplished those things. We’ve got a great building, its functional, and came in $1.3 million under budget.”
The decision to combine both the clinic and administrative offices saved between $750,000 to $1 million, Long said.
New medical offices were deemed a necessity as part of a doctor recruitment initiative that began in 2006 as a regional priority between the county, Three Hills, Trochu, Carbon, Acme, and Linden in light of new doctor schedules, and doctor recruitment and retention.
“The delivery of medical services is changing. There’s more services being offered now, including pain management, chronic disease, and the existing building did not provide room for any additional medical professionals to work,” said Long. “It also was something that gave the doctors some comfort in terms of being able to do their work and run back and forth without having a long drive.”
The move to the new building has also allowed for shuffling of organizations in Three Hills. The Town of Three Hills office will move into the previous county administrative building, and the Three Hills library will move into the previous town offices after they are refurbished. Discussions have begun for the potential move of Kneehill Regional Family and Community Support Services and the Seniors Outreach Society into the vacant medical offices.
One hundred and four 40x 60” solar panels are also installed on the roof of the administrative offices at a cost of $150,000, and are expected to generate 41,236 kw/hrs per year to both the administrative and medical buildings.
The previous administrative offices served the county for 55 years.
“We’re trying to stay current… What we have effectively done here is we have removed the requirement for Kneehill County to have to build buildings for the next 50 or 60 years. So we’re in good stead that way,” said Long.
“We’re just trying to establish some stability to things going into the future and I think that was accomplished.”
Included in the project budget was the addition of one bay to the county’s Agricultural Services department.
The administrative office includes council chambers, meeting rooms, and 25 offices.
About $4.5 million in funding came from the province’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative.
The grand opening celebration will be held at the new building from 12 to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 8. Beef on a bun will be served from 12 to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. will be the ribbon cutting ceremony, and from 12 to 5 p.m. building tours will be offered.
We wanted a building that was efficient, we wanted a building that was effective, and that was not extravagant. We certainly feel we accomplished those things. We’ve got a great building, its functional, and came in $1.3 million under budget.” Kneehill County Reeve Bob Long
Kneehill County will be hosting the grand opening celebration of their new administrative offices and the new Kneehill Medical Clinic on Friday, July 8. The $10.5 million project was completed earlier this year.