An update on Samaritan’s Purse construction projects in Wilkes County was shared during the Wilkes Economic Development Corp. board meeting Friday.

The evangelical Christian disaster relief ministry’s new three-story, 47,000-square-foot office building on its 21-acre N.C. 268 East campus in North Wilkesboro is nearly finished, said Ron Wilcox, Samaritan’s Purse chief operations officer. Staff will start moving in Sept. 19, said Wilcox, who is on the EDC board.

A dedication event for the new building is planned Oct. 14. He said it will be called the Capin Building. About 160 people will work there, in addition to the ministry’s existing 197 employees in Wilkes.

The new building, expected to be about 85% full when it opens, is adjacent to the ministry’s 202,000-square-foot warehouse and office facility, completed in 2017.

Wilcox said a 1,500- to 1,800-square-foot pre-fabricated facility for a medical clinic for Samaritan’s Purse staff on the N.C. 268 campus should be set up in late fall behind the North American Ministries warehouse and office building and in front of a Samaritan’s Purse facility used to train people for disaster aid work.

It will be staffed by medical professionals who will serve Samaritan’s Purse staff in North Wilkesboro and at the ministry’s headquarters in Boone. They include a family practice doctor, nurse practitioner and two nurses. The pre-fabricated facility is being moved from the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone.

Wilcox said that Samaritan’s Purse recently acquired and renovated two old warehouses on nearby Shaver Street.

He said construction on a new 21,000-square-foot hangar for Samaritan’s Purse at the Wilkes County Airport is progressing.

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