Medical complex in Dayton built by C-TH

Construction has started and the slab is poured for Carson-Tahoe Hospital's new 18,000-square-foot medical center at 2450 Highway 50, the corner of Fortune Drive and Highway 50 in Dayton.

The building is slated for completion in April .

"We're committed to a presence in the Dayton community as well as Douglas County. We want to be the health-care provider of choice," said Carson-Tahoe spokeswoman Cheri Glockner. "Easy access to our health-care facilities is one of our strategic goals."

Plans concerning the number and kinds of new services haven't been completed but the land, adjacent to Traditions' proposed 2,400-acre development, was purchased by the hospital a few years ago, said Ed Epperson, chief executive officer at Carson-Tahoe.

"Now that Traditions is moving forward, we're moving forward with construction of this new medical facility," Epperson said.

There are no firm plans for expansion of the facility as the community grows, but the new center is being built on a five-acre parcel, he said.

"We'll wait to see how the community develops over the years," he said.

Don Clark, principal architect at the Reno architectural firm Cathexis, designed the building. He said it includes room for an urgent care and medical offices, imaging and physical therapy.

"It's the first new building in the Traditions development," he said. "Carson-Tahoe bought the property before the Traditions master plan was completed and their property was incorporated into that master plan."

Encompassing 2,400 acres along Highway 50 east of Dayton, Traditions will include five separate residential villages, each embracing its own architectural theme.

Plans for the first village includes 1,533 homes and a commercial/retail hub with room for a farmers market and public facilities,. An elongated, 13.5-acre lake will be buffered by a linear park with paths. The lake will hold reclaimed water for park and landscaping irrigation.

High-density residential areas will be clustered closer to the commercial hub and larger lots with more elaborate housing are planned for the periphery.

"The area could support a population of 15,000 people and develop into a community all its own," Epperson said.

Traditions is being developed by Landmark Communities. Lou Orrantia, development manager for the company, is overseeing construction of the new medical center.

"We're in the process of doing the underground improvements and we've poured the first-floor slab for the building," he said.

At the request of Lyon County commissioners, the project plans are being reviewed by an independent consultant. Orrantia called it a standard procedure but said it will push final approval for project back another 45-60 days.

Landmark will develop the clubhouse, landscaping and other infrastructure elements for the first phase, but due to the scope of the project housing will be completed by separate developers, Landmark officials said.

"We should have our final approvals by February or March and we expect to start grading and have the first lots ready for developers this spring," Orrantia said.

Contact Susie Vasquez at or 881-1212.


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