OCEAN PARK — Ocean Beach Medical Clinic and Ocean Park Pharmacy construction is progressing as planned with anticipated completion just before Christmas.

“We’re targeting Dec. 15 to 22,” said Western Construction Services superintendent Steve Lilly on Monday, Dec. 4, standing on ground floor of the two-story 8,860-square-foot facility at the corner of Pacific Highway and Bay Avenue. The building is valued at $2.4 million, according to Pacific County records.

“We knew they wanted to come in after the first of the year, so we’re plugging away trying to make that happen,” he said.

A grand opening is planned for Monday, Jan. 8.

Nearly 24 inches of rain fell from October through November, according rain recorded at Washington State University’s Extension Service’s Pioneer Road Station in Long Beach. Fortunately, work crews had already turned their focus indoors before soggy conditions could delay construction.

“We anticipated it and got all of our site work done early,” Lilly said. “We had the asphalt done in early September, then our parking lot striping and landscaping.”

Small adjustments were made along the way, but the construction has largely been smooth overall.

“We had a couple things that added some time,” he said. “All the slatwall was added as we went. There were some modifications to the case work — just little things, nothing unusual.”

The new clinic and pharmacy will have standard security measures such as card access and surveillance, but it will also be armed with an extra measure designed to befuddle would-be burglars.

“They will have foggers,” said Polos Electronics owner Andy Polos, part of a two-man crew working on installation on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

“If anyone breaks in, it will fill with fog so thick that you can’t see more than a few inches in seconds,” Polos said. “Pharmacies are concerned about people breaking in and stealing pills.”

A final test of the security system is anticipated days before the official opening in early January.

An additional $125,000 in donations is being sought to furnish and equip the clinic portion of the facility — a waiting room, six exam rooms and three procedure rooms.

“Our fundraising efforts have been successful, but now is the final push to make the clinic a reality,” Ocean Beach Hospital Foundation President Nansen Malin said.

To make a tax-deductible donation, send a check to: OBHF, P.O. Box H, Ilwaco, WA 98624 or online at www.oceanbeachhospital.com/foundation.

For more information, call Malin at 360-244-3294 or Tammie Jefferies at 360-642-3181.

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