SIKESTON -- Although its facility is only six years old, the Scott County Health Department has been out of space for quite some time.
(Michelle Felter, Staff)
"We're really looking forward to this -- it's going to be a great expansion," said Barry Cook, administrator.
About 2,000 square feet are being added to the current building, which is approximately 10,000 square feet. Located on the back of the building, the expansion will include storage space and a larger meeting room, with a small kitchenette.
The larger meeting room is needed in large part because of the demand for classes the department offers, said Cook. He recalled a recent class that needed five sessions, since the current room can only hold about 20 people. The new room is expected to hold 50 or so, and will include a screen for an overhead projector.
"With the new room, we'll probably offer classes we haven't before," he said.
The storage area includes a garage door. That will be helpful not only in unloading supplies, but also would provide a place to do car seat checks in case of rain, said Cook. He noted there will be some future savings as far as storage is concerned, as the department currently rents a storage unit in town to hold overflow.
Construction began about four weeks ago. "And it's going up quick," noted Cook.
Brick is expected to be laid beginning this week. Cook said he expects work to be completed and the new area to be ready for use by Nov. 1.
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