Construction well underway for HGB’s new AL!VE health park

"This is a tremendously exciting time for the hospital and the community," states Patrick Sustrich, MS, director of health and wellness services at HGB, who will also help oversee AL!VE's construction and operations. "To see an old building and the land surrounding it transform into something that will be so new and vital to the community, is such an amazing experience."

Some of the construction work that has already been completed includes fine grading of new driveways, the installation of footings in the existing and expanded areas of the building, additional steel reinforcements to the existing structure, and the installation of storm sewer piping.

Additional footing and concrete curb installations, along with foundation block work to the additions of the building, are expected to be completed by early December.

"The site is changing daily," states Randy Owens, HGB's Director of Facilities Management. "Soon work will start on several other areas of construction including interior walls and flooring."

This first construction phase, resulting in more than 42,000 square feet, is estimated to be complete by fall 2011.

Centered on enhancing community vitality in the region, AL!VE is an $18 million initiative dedicated to offering an integrated set of health and wellness resources to the Charlotte and greater Lansing communities. It will include a wellness/fitness center, physical rehabilitation services, women's health options, integrative medicine, walking trails, community rooms, a demonstration kitchen and much more, all in an effort to provide the community with the tools it needs to improve its overall health.

With funding totaling $10 million already allocated to the project through HGB's refinancing efforts with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, additional support is also needed.

Currently, HGB is working to raise additional funds through grants, corporate and individual donations. The community's support will continue to play a vital role in the full project completion of AL!VE, estimated to be in fall 2012.

For those wanting a more up-close-and-personal look at AL!VE and what the future facility will offer the Charlotte and greater Lansing communities, HGB is giving free public presentations weekly at the 800 W. Lawrence location. Sessions will be offered through the end of the year as follows: Thursday, Dec. 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For additional updates and information, visit www.myalive.com.