When Chase Galle goes to work inside the new patient wing at Pratt Regional Medical Center, he is working on a site he knows very well.
The 23-year-old Galle grew up in Pratt and is very familiar with the hospital.
After graduating from Kansas State University in December 2013 with a degree in construction science and management, Galle headed into the job market but he didn’t know that his first major construction project would take place in his hometown.
He made contact with Mark Hutton of Hutton Construction, the company building the PRMC addition and upgrade, and was offered an internship with them in the summer of 2013.
Following the internship, Hutton offered him a full time position as a field engineer and he accepted.
As one of two field engineers on the project, Galle’s duties are to oversee the day-to-day on-site operations. He coordinates with the subcontractors to make sure everything is getting done when it needs to be done, Galle said.
He helps resolve any conflicts and helps maintain the project schedule.
Getting this job and working on this big project, his first with Hutton, in his hometown is exciting for Galle.
“It was a pretty good deal,” Galle said.
The PRMC project is very large and is broken into several segments. Currently, Galle is working some carbon fiber installation on the second floor and a number of other miscellaneous projects.
The biggest challenge for Galle is that this is a very complicated job. It takes a lot of work to coordinate the subcontractors with the day-to-day operations of the hospital.
The construction goal is to work safe and to be as unobtrusive as possible.
“We try to make it like we’re not here,” Galle said.
Some times that is very difficult. During some of the demolition required before the new construction could start, the pounding was so loud it interfered with doctors talking to nurses in surgery and the construction had to stop until the surgery was over.
Since this is a very complicated project, Galle gets a lot of satisfaction when each portion is complete.
“I like seeing the parts and pieces come together for the overall project,” Galle said. “I enjoy the day-to-day challenges.”
The PRMC project is in five phases. The first phase is the new patient wing and surgery unit then he will move on to the Phase Two emergency area and renovation of the first floor portion.
Phase Three is demolishing the old section of the hospital, Phase Four is finishing the first floor including the courtyard area and finally Phase Five is completing the parking lots and landscaping, Galle said.
Galle is the son of Jack and Belinda Galle. He graduated from Pratt High School in 2009.