St. Mary's Hospital Chooses Local Construction for $40 Million Project
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A decision made by St. Mary's Hospital will allow millions of dollars to flow through our local economy.
On Thursday, the hospital awarded local FCI Constructors the $40 million Century Project contract.
Officials at St. Mary's say they take the title of "Regional Medical Center" very seriously.
"We're very much a part of the Grand Valley and this gives us an opportunity to enhance the economics of the valley by using local contractors, local trades people who are helping us with this $40 million+ project," said Mike McBride, President and CEO of St. Mary's Medical Center.
The project is the completion of the 11th and 12th floor of the Century Tower.
St. Mary's only looked at local contractors for the job, with one of them having a clear advantage.
"FCI knows our building extremely well. They were involved in the original construction of the Century Tower and they know it inside and out," said McBride.
"Every member of our team from FCI has had one of their children born here, so when you can work on the hospital that's a big deal," said Stan Kiser with FCI Constructors.
$23.3 million of the $40 million budget will be spent on the construction of the two floors and FCI is looking to spread the wealth locally.
"We estimated 30-35 subcontractors involved and 300 tradesmen through the course of the work and the duration is pretty long," said Kiser.
This phase of the tower completion is set to take three years; St. Mary's will then have two new patient care units, a rehabilitation unit and a surgical nursing unit.