CANCO to build Great River Health Medical Mall

CANCO to build Great River Health Medical Mall Carl A. Nelson & Company is the general contractor for a new outpatient facility being built on the campus of Great River Health in West Burlington, Iowa. Work on the project began Nov. 9, 2020. (CANCO photo)

WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (CANCO) — Carl A. Nelson & Company was the successful bidder in October to construct a medical mall building on the campus of Great River Health.

The project will be the latest in long list of construction projects to be completed by the 107-year-old builder for the health system going back to Burlington Medical Center in downtown Burlington, and expansion of the campus pre-dating and since construction of Great River Medical Center.

The medical mall project will be developed over time. According to an item in the November 2020 Great News newsletter from Great River Health, announcing the project to the public, an urgent care center and outpatient imaging center will be the initial services to occupy the 25,000-square-foot building. About half the building's capacity will be reserved for later development.

The project carries an overall cost of $5.93 million, and is expected to open late in 2021. Construction began Nov. 9 with the commencement of site preparation. Completion of Carl A. Nelson & Company's portion of the building, which is being erected south of the hospital's main drive off South Gear Avenue and east of the Klein Center, is projected for May 2021.

The $2.9 million contract awarded to CANCO on Oct. 27, 2020, includes all site work, the building shell and installation of mechanical systems, said Chris Smith, vice president of operations in Burlington for Carl A. Nelson & Company.

Previous CANCO projects on the Great River campus, many in the role of construction manager at-risk or design-builder, include construction of original campus buildings including the family practice clinic, cancer center and outpatient rehabilitation, Eastman and Mercy plazas, helicopter hangar and ambulance garage, new Klein Center, additions for cardiac catheterization, digestive health, inpatient rehab and behavioral health, and the Orthopedic Center of Excellence and Great River Health Fitness.