Altru will host a groundbreaking celebration in Sertoma Park on June 5 for its new multi-million-dollar hospital.

Food and entertainment will be provided at the celebration, as well as video boards and visuals of what the new hospital will look like. The event will be from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. and the public is welcome.

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Altru invited community members to a second "neighborhood meeting" on Wednesday, at which the celebration was announced.

"We've taken advantage of speaking to groups of five and groups of 50," said Brad Wehe, CEO of Altru. "We've taken much of your advice. This is our project."

Grand Forks-based PCL Community is doing the construction work. Brad Hendrickson, with PCL, said the crew is currently focused on moving utilities.

"We have been hamstrung by weather," Hendrickson said. "If it's going to be bad weather we're just going to stop. We don't want to create a safety issue for customers, patients or our employees."

When PCL does get into full swing with excavating the site, Hendrickson said they will be working "24/6" with Sundays off.

"We feel like that's the safest thing to do," Hendrickson said. "There is less traffic when you haul at night. But we won't be driving piles at night, so don't worry-you will get some sleep."

Hendrickson also urged community members to be in contact if the noise gets too loud.

Wehe said the best place for feedback is www.altru.org/future.

"You can always go here to get an update or give feedback. We are monitoring that site all the time," Wehe said.

Excavating and pile driving is expected to be complete by the fall. The construction team will start setting steel in October, said Josh Kerwald, senior project manager at JLG Architects.

The new hospital is expected to be completely built in the beginning of 2022.