Anyone driving by the construction site on Belk Boulevard in Oxford, Mississippi, would realize something significant is happening. But what is happening? The new, 602,831- square-foot Baptist North Mississippi hospital is happening.
Following years of planning, Baptist began site work in 2014. Baptist is excited to be working again with architecture firm Earl Swensson Associates and Robins & Morton, a construction and engineering firm. Both companies joined Baptist in the design and construction of the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital, which opened in 2015 to wide acclaim.
Before the hospital is finished, 5,000 truckloads of concrete measuring 42,000 cubic yards will have been poured, and 4,500 tons of rebar will be installed. If those numbers feel abstract, consider the support piles that would stretch nearly 14 miles if laid flat. Or that the building’s 400,000 bricks would measure more than four miles if lined up. The entire hospital is more than 10 football fields in size!
It’s mind boggling what it takes to build a hospital!
Baptist is investing more than $300 million to keep high-quality health care close to a growing Oxford, Lafayette County and North Mississippi population. And with $80 million spent with Mississippi contractors, 2,000 full-time and part-time jobs created and $9 million added to state and local tax rolls, this Baptist investment is strengthening the area’s economic and physical health. Get better with Baptist.