Company that oversaw St. Mary’s project to continue work in hospital tower

Phil Castle, The Business Times

The company that oversaw construction of the patient tower at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction has been awarded a contract to complete two vacant floors in the 12-story structure.

FCI Constructors will serve as general contractor on a $40 million project to build a surgical nursing unit on the 12th floor and a rehabilitation unit on the 11th floor.

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, wiring and other infrastructure will be installed not only the 12th and 11th floors, but also the 10th and ninth floors, although those floors will remain vacant for the time being.

Work is scheduled to begin in the fall and take about two years to complete. At $23.3 million, construction will account for more than half the overall budget for the project.

“We’re really tickled, to say the least,” Stan Kiser, project manager for FCI, said at a news conference announcing the selection of the company.

“Our team brings significant capabilities and unmatched experience working at this hospital. We are excited to get started and look forward to working with everyone at St. Mary’s once again,” Kiser stated in a news release.

FCI expects to employ 30 to 35 local subcontractors, with a total of between 250 and 300 workers onsite, Kiser said. It’s estimated that about half of the construction contract for the project will go to labor costs.

Chamberlin Architects in Grand Junction joined with H&L Architecture in Denver to win the contract for design services. The budget for design and consulting work on the project totals $4.7 million.

Eric Tscherter, an architect with Chamberlin Architects, said the work is only the latest for the firm involving St. Mary’s Hospital. “Over the last 20 years, we have completed more than 45 projects for St. Mary’s, including remodels and additions to both medical and support spaces,” he stated in the news release.

FCI was one of three local construction firms that submitted proposals for the St. Mary’s project and were subsequently interviewed, said Michael McBride, president and chief executive officer of the hospital. Shaw Construction and PNCI Construction also submitted proposals. All three proposals were “very good,” McBride said.

For FCI, though, the project constitutes a continuation of work on what’s called the Century Project. The 12-story tower, part of what at $276 million was one of the largest and most expensive construction projects in Grand Junction history, opened in January 2010. The top four floors were left vacant until additional space for patient care was needed.

That time has come.

A rehabilitation unit located on the third floor of a portion of the hospital constructed in the 1950s will be moved to the 12th floor. The move will offer space to accommodate more patients with 24 private rooms. The new unit also will feature the latest designs and technologies to treat those patients.

A surgical unit will move from a second-floor space constructed in the 1990s to the 11th floor of the tower. The additional space will accommodate an expansion with 32 private rooms for patients recovering from surgery who require extended care.