$50M construction project at Sky Lakes Medical Center

Klamath Falls, Ore. – A $50,000,000 construction project got underway Monday morning in Klamath Falls.

Work is now underway on the ‘Sky Lakes Collaborative Health Center’.

“Today is the first day of the construction project,” Tom Hottman said.

The four-story, 100,000 square foot building will be used for a mix of education, and patient treatment.

“Part of the structure will be used for academics,” added Hottman. “So, lecture halls, classrooms, that kind of thing – and then exam rooms, for patients.”

The building will include space for Cascades East, the OHSU Campus for Rural Health, and Sky Lakes primary care clinics.

The project is a joint effort between Sky Lakes and Oregon Health and Science University.

Hottman pointed out that nearby Oregon Tech may also play a role. “Oregon Tech has been in conversations to eventually put some degree programs in that academic space.”

Cascades East Family Medicine will remain open during construction, though patients will need to park in the new Sky Lakes parking structure.

Construction is scheduled for completion in late 2019.

A formal groundbreaking ceremony will be held at a later date.

Sky Lakes and OHSU began discussions on the project in the fall of 2015.

Plans were unveiled at a press conference the following spring.

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.

He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.

“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.

When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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