Board reviewing new plans to increase efficiency at MMH

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Board reviewing new plans to increase efficiency at MMH



Michael Curtis from the Neenan Company presented designs for numerous additions and improvements to the Melissa Memorial Hospital campus during the East Phillips County Hospital District board of directors meeting Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The designs were developed from discussion points from board strategy sessions and are not finalized plans. Hospital Administrator John Ayoub was instructed by the board to continue developing plans with the Neenan Company to prepare more information to be voted on at its next meeting. The board also agreed that some things will need to be trimmed from the designs, so not all of the items discussed will actually come to fruition.

“All of these improvements support our overall operation,” Ayoub said. “I think this is a wise investment and would advocate moving forward.”

Citing public concerns regarding operational health of the organization, board member Gary Rahe expressed his admiration for providing assurances that issues are being addressed.

BLM to get a new office in Twin Falls

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BLM to get a new office in Twin Falls

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will be moving into new offices next year in Twin Falls.

BLM will consolidate several locations in town to property adjacent to the bureau’s current warehouse. The new facilities will include a 16,000squarefoot, single-story office, a 70,000-square-foot outdoor yard and renovations to the existing 3,000-square-foot warehouse.

Construction is expected to start near the start of December with the move-in date slated for August 2015, said Stephanie Kenitzer, spokeswoman for the U.S. General Services Administration, which holds the lease on the property.

The Neenan Company of Fort Collins, Colo., designed and will build the BLM facilities. BLM has a 20-year-lease With Twin Falls, LLC, the property owners.

Colorado Real Estate Journal: CDE Who’s News

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Colorado Real Estate Journal: CDE Who’s News

David Shigekane was promoted to president of The Neenan Co.

Shigekane brings more than 25 years’ experience in the design and construction industry to the firm and has played an integral role in guiding design-build projects in healthcare, commercial, government and education markets. As president, Shigekane oversees the firm’s practices and collaborative methods

Colorado Real Estate Journal: CDE Who’s News

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Colorado Real Estate Journal: CDE Who’s News

Donna Smith, vice president of business development at The Neenan Co., recently was elected to the board of directors for United Way of Larimer County.

As a board member, Smith will assist United Way of Larimer County as it works to strengthen the surrounding communities through programs focused on improving education, income, and health of residents.

St. Charles board of directors approves $16 million renovation to Madras hospital

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St. Charles board of directors approves $16 million renovation to Madras hospital | Sept. 2, 2014

BEND, Ore. — The St. Charles Health System board of directors has approved a $16 million renovation to St. Charles Madras that will add 26,000 square feet to the facility and enhance outpatient and primary care services.

The 25-bed critical access hospital serves 21,000 people in Madras and surrounding communities. But the facility—built in 1967—does not meet current standards of care. Some of the most pressing problems include:

  • The hospital’s laboratory, which is located in an aging modular unit that is too small to accommodate staff and equipment.
  • An emergency department that is only equipped with seven beds separated by curtains.
  • Only one operating room.
  • HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems that are original to the 1967 building, and in need of significant upgrades.
  • Multiple entryways that have resulted from numerous additions over the years, making it difficult for patients to identify a main entrance.

Slated for construction in May 2015, the addition will include a new main entrance, a new combined operating room and emergency department, a new imaging department and laboratory. The existing infrastructure will also undergo upgrades.

St. Charles Madras and Pioneer Memorial Hospital CEO Jeanie Gentry said other options were considered, including renovating the existing space and building an entirely new facility. A renovation, however, would cost more than new construction and would interrupt critical services. And a new facility would cost about twice as much.

“After studying the needs of our community and the problems with the St. Charles Madras facility, we decided that building an addition as part of a longer-term plan was the most practical and economical choice,” Gentry said. “This renovation will help us improve efficiency and focus mainly on outpatient and primary care services, rather than inpatient volume.”

The Madras facility has been studied by architecture firms a number of times over the last decade. Master site plans were developed, and an entire replacement facility was proposed for HUD financing in 2011. This information, along with work performed in the last six months by The Neenan Company, was taken into consideration when identifying options for a building plan.

The $16 million for the project—which will be partially financed by bonds—fulfills St. Charles’ commitment to the Madras community to upgrade the hospital as part of the asset transfer agreement with the Mountain View Hospital District.

“The need for facility improvements has been recognized for years,” said James A. Diegel, FACHE, president and CEO of St. Charles Health System. “This renovation to St. Charles Madras is truly going to enhance the quality and safety of patient care, and serve the community for years to come.”

About St. Charles Health System

St. Charles Health System, Inc., headquartered in Bend, Ore., owns and operates St. Charles Bend, Madras and Redmond, and leases and operates Pioneer Memorial Hospital. It also owns family care clinics in Bend, Madras, Prineville, Redmond and Sisters. St. Charles is a private, not-for-profit Oregon corporation and is the largest employer in Central Oregon with more than 3,400 caregivers. In addition, there are more than 350 active medical staff members and nearly 200 visiting medical staff members who partner with the health system to provide a wide range of care and service to our communities.


Renovations at Tabor Grand taking shape

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By: Danny Ramey, Herald Staff Writer

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:01 pm


The first round of apartment renovations at the Tabor Grand is complete.

Crews from Neenan Archistruction finished the first six apartments at the end of last week and the beginning of this week.

Work on the 37 apartments at the Tabor Grand is being done in phases to help accommodate residents living in the building. The first phase involved six apartments, but each of the next phases will involve eight apartments, building manager Terrance McNicholas said.

It took about three months to complete the first six apartments, Bob Thayer, senior superintendent for Neenan Archistruction, said.

The next set of apartments should take between three and four months to complete, Thayer said. The first set of apartments were slowed down because certain work needed to be done on the outside of the building first, he added.

Management staff planned to move some current building residents to the new apartments at the start of this week, McNicholas said. That will open up more apartments for renovation.

Additionally, the windows in the building are all being replaced with more energy-efficient windows. The windows are just one step in making the building more energy efficient.

“This will be one of the most energy-efficient buildings in Leadville,” McNicholas said.

The renovated building will have solar panels on the roof to help offset the energy needs of the building, McNicholas said. The building also has received a new energy-efficient furnace.

While the roof and the six apartments are finished, a lot of work remains on the project.

Along with the 31 remaining apartments, the building’s hallways and the atrium also will be renovated.

Crews are also working on finishing external facade work and painting.

Construction on the building began in May. The project will cost around $7.5 million and is being financed by Overland Property Group, which owns the building.

A live construction camera of the project can be found at:

ENR Mountain States Announces Best Overall Finalists for 2014 Regional Best Projects Awards

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ENR Mountain States Announces Best Overall Finalists for 2014 Regional Best Projects Awardsby Mark_shaw at 9/5/2014 11:16 AM CDT

ENR Mountain States magazine previously announced its 2014 Best Projects award winners at the end of August (see my previous editor’s blog on this website). Now, after tabulating final results and polling our judges, we are ready to announce the finalists for Best Overall Project of the Year in both the Intermountain and Colorado & the Plains areas.

The voting for Best Overall Project of the Year was close, as always, but a handful of projects emerged as front-runners. To be considered for this honor, a project had to be a winner (first place) in its individual category and receive a first-place vote from more than one judge and at least two second-place votes from others.

The winners of this award will be announced at the breakfast award ceremonies in Salt Lake City (Oct. 28) and Denver (Oct. 30). Here are the finalists in alphabetical order.


Colorado/Wyoming Area Best Overall Finalists

(in alphabetical order)

• Denver Union Station Transit Improvements, Denver

(Winner in the Airports and Transit category)

The DUS project transformed 42 acres of blighted former railyards into the centerpiece of a vibrant, bustling lower downtown Denver, anchoring and facilitating connections between the region’s transit systems. It includes a 22-bay underground bus concourse, street realignments and connecting public plazas. At $374.8 million, it is the largest recent multimodal project completed in the United States.

Entry submitted by: Kiewit

Contractor/Design-Builder: Kiewit

Lead Design Firms: AECOM & SOM

Owner/Developer: DUSPA


Pecos Street Bridge Over I-70 Bridge Replacement, Denver

(Winner in the Highways & Bridges category)

Since its completion, the $18.6-million Pecos Street Bridge Over I-70 Replacement Project has received national attention for its innovations. It was one of the first-ever CM/GC projects for the Colorado Dept. of Transportation and utilized accelerated bridge construction (ABC). In one 50-hour closure of I-70, crews demolished the existing Pecos Bridge and used self-propelled modular transports to move a 2,400-ton, fully built replacement bridge onto I-70 and into its final location. The project team cut eight months from the anticipated completion date.

Entry submitted by: Kiewit Infrastructure Co.

Contractor: Kiewit Infrastructure Co.

Lead Design Firm: Wilson & Co. Inc., Engineers & Architects

Owner/Developer: Colorado Dept. of Transportation


Powerhouse Energy Campus at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.

(Winner in the Green Project category)

The large independent energy labs at the Powerhouse Energy Campus are one of the nation’s top academic laboratories. The campus has positioned CSU as a world leader in developing large-scale solutions to global-energy dilemmas. The expansion and renovation project, which is located in Old Town Fort Collins, maintained the building’s historical legacy and focused on demonstrating how the lab can serve as the building’s own engine. It is among the lowest-cost LEED-Platinum buildings in the country.

Entry submitted by: The Neenan Co.

Contractor/Design-Builder: The Neenan Co.

Lead Design Firm: The Neenan Co.

Owner/Developer: Powerhouse Energy Campus

Powerhouse is ENR Mountain States 2014 Best Green Project!

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ENR Mountain States Announces 2014 Best Projects Winnersby Mark_shaw at 8/13/2014 12:42 PM CDT

ENR Mountain States is pleased to announce the winners of its 2014 Best Projects competition in the region, which includes Utah, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

A panel of eight judges from all areas of the industry—architects, GCs and engineers—selected winners in each of categories. The judges also selected a number of merit winners and awarded ties in some categories.
This is our 14th year for the project awards, which are detailed below. In addition to the awards listed, we will present safety awards to several deserving projects, and one project in each area (Intermountain and Colorado/Plain States) will win top honors as the Best Overall, along with some judges’ special recognitions. Those winners will be announced soon, so stay tuned.

The awards are split into two areas (Intermountain and Colorado/Wyoming & Plains States), to correspond with their respective awards events. They are arranged by category below. Projects will be covered in more detail in the October issue of ENR Mountain States, and the winners will be honored at two breakfast awards events in the last week of October.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Green Project

Colorado/Wyoming & Plains States (Kansas, Nebraska, Dakotas)

Winner: Powerhouse Energy Campus at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.
Entry submitted by: The Neenan Co.
Contractor/Design-Builder: The Neenan Co.
Lead Design Firm: The Neenan Co.
Owner/Developer: Powerhouse Energy Campus

Merit: University of Colorado Boulder Student Recreation Center Renovation and Expansion, Boulder, Colo.
Entry submitted by: The RMH Group
Contractor: Saunders Construction
Lead Design Firm: Davis Partnership PC
Owner/Developer: University of Colorado Boulder

Smith builds on successes at Neenan

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Vice president proud of firm’s signature projects


When it comes to economic development, Donna Smith is one of the standouts in Northern Colorado.

Smith, vice president for business development and federal programs at The Neenan Co. in Fort Collins, easily earned her place as a Woman of Distinction in the construction and development category.

“Donna effectively builds relationships with clients that turn into longterm friendships based on mutual trust and respect,” said David Gaylinn, client services partner at Dovetail Solutions, a public relations firm in Denver. “Donna has a unique ability to discern a contact’s preferred communication style and tailor her own efforts to meet the needs ‘of that individual business.”

Smith has worked for almost 10 years at Neenan, an integrated architecture and construction firm, where she has been responsible for $175 million of the company’s business. She is responsible for sales in the Front Range as well as federal projects.

‘What drives me. is that I want to ·- support Neenan,” Smith said. “It’s family to me. It’s important to see it succeed. The fact is that we take a much different approach. It’s not just about selling a building; it’s about selling a process.”

Smith has been influential in many of Neenan’s signature projects. Three stand out as her most rewarding since she was at the helm in the front-end planning and sales phases:

  • The 153,000′-square-foot expansion at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, which Neenan designed and built. The project has expanded the YMCA:s reach to accommodate more than 1,000 guests and serve as a world-class conference destination. Before, the campus was a poorly organized mish-mash of architectural styles and strung-out buildings with poor pedestrian access. Now, the Y is cohesive, pedestrian friendly and attractive to new groups of people such .as those who want to hold large conferences.
  • Her instrumental work behind Neenan’s successful bid to develop Colorado State University’s Powerhouse Energy Campus, a nearly 1,000-square-foot LEED Platinum energy research complex in Fort Collins. “The’ Powerhouse was a super challenging project with lots of constraints, “Smith said. “The·technologies they wanted to use were not used anywhere in the United States. It really pushed the boundaries.” Now, the hope is that the Powerhouse technologies will be used elsewhere in the country.
  • The Bohemian Foundation’s headquarters at 262 E. Mountain Ave. in Old Town Fort Collins. The Mitchell Block was completed in 2009 by Neenan and includes;33,385 square feet of space in four stories. The project was awarded Gold certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Smith’s commitment to the community reaches beyond her job to volunteer activities such as United Way.

Neenan Co. starts Tabor Grand Hotel renovations

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Colorado Real Estate Journal

The Neenan Co. recently started renovations to the historic Tabor Grand Hotel in Leadville.

Renovations to the 1885 landmark will bring the building up to code. Building renovations include asbestos abatement, enhancements to the exterior masonry veneer, windows, wood framing and structural repair to foundations on the east side of the building.

The $5.7 million renovation is slated for completion in December. In 1993, the hotel, vacant at the time, was renovated into 37affordable housing apartments. Following renovations, it will remain an affordable property.