During a press conference this morning, Porter Hospital CEO Jonathan Nalli
revealed the winning bidders for the excavation and development of the
104-acre parcel where the new Porter hospital will sit at the northwest
corner of Ind. 49 and U.S. 6 in Liberty Township.
Nalli also announced which utility providers will service the hospital. The
Northwest Indiana Power Supply Company (NIPSCO) will provide the campus’s
electricity and gas. As previously announced, water will be provided by
Indiana American Water. For sewer services, the hospital has reached their
decision to go with the Damon Run Conservancy District.
Nalli said Damon Run Conservancy was chosen on the basis of timing. He said
the hospital has “suffered” delays in legal disputes for about 15 months and
felt that Damon Run Conservancy will be able to meet the hospital’s needs
The hospital began clearing the underbrush and necessary trees on the site’s
lower 64 acres last Friday. The clearing should take about 30 days, Nalli
The hospital will try to spare as many trees as possible to keep the site
natural, Nalli said. The developers will be able to plant new trees as the
The site work subcontractor responsible for clearing the land is Dyer
Construction from Dyer.
Once the land is clear, Cives Steel from Wolcott will be providing the
site’s steel fabrication. The steel erectors will be Chicago Decking
Erectors from Merrillville.
The concrete foundation and piers drilling and pouring work will be done by
Subsurface Contractors from St. Louis. The remainder of the concrete work
will be done by Scurto Cement Construction from Gilberts, Illinois.
Nalli said the firms will hire local people to work for the estimated
two-year construction period. The hospital expects to pay out nearly $65
million in compensation for the work. Hospitals officials said the
additional dollars pumped in will help lift the local economy.
More information regarding the hospital will appear in tomorrow’s edition of
the Chesterton Tribune.