Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Construction Set to Begin on New Health Care Center in Little Axe

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Construction Set to Begin on New Health Care Center in Little Axe

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Construction is about to begin on a $20 million Native American Indian health care center about 10 miles east of Norman, said project director Mel Cannon of Nabholz Construction.

The 70,000-square-foot facility, to be built on an 80-acre tract near Highway 9 in Little Axe, is expected to be finished by mid- 2010, Cannon said. Because the project is funded by the Absentee Shawnee Tribe in conjunction with the federal Indian Health Services program, it will focus on the Indian community, tribe spokeswoman Lesa Byford said.

"Although it's in close proximity to the metro area, it's really a rural area," Cannon said. "It's a very large tract of land, so it's going to have to be pretty much self-sustaining in regards to utilities and sewage treatment and water. So the setting makes it a challenge."

And because the project must be certified under the federal guidelines of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, "we are investing a number of unique, energy conservation measures and recycled materials," he said. …

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