RUTLAND, Vt. — The Rutland Regional Medical Center is asking Vermont health care regulators for permission to go forward with a $21.7 million expansion project.

The project would add a two-story medical building that would be connected to the hospital. It would house offices for the orthopedic, ear, nose, throat, audiology and other specialties.

Hospital President Tom Huebner says the number of providers has increased by several times over the years. The expansion would add about 20,000-square-feet (1,858-square-meters) of space to the hospital.

The hospital has asked the Green Mountain Care Board for a certificate of need for the project.

The Rutland Herald ( ) reports it could be a year before the hospital receives all the required approvals. Once begun, construction would probably take about 18 months.

Information from: Rutland Herald,