Ribbons cut on pair of CANCO construction projects

Ribbons cut on pair of CANCO construction projects

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held the week of May 3 to mark completion of a pair of Carl A. Nelson & Company projects in southeast Iowa.

The Washington Chamber of Commerce in Washington, Iowa, gathered local business people and Washington County officials to celebrate completion of the Washington County Emergency Operations Center, a construction management agency project of Carl A. Nelson & Company. The $3.6 million, 7,000 SF building is hardened against tornadoes and straight-line winds, and is protected from power outages to ensure continued operation in a disaster. The building houses and emergency command center where officials can gather to coordinate disaster response while being plugged directly into the county's E-911 and dispatch service.

Primary construction of the facility concluded in 2020. Construction of new radio towers and installation of equipment in the dispatch center continued into 2021.

The successful project represented the first use of construction management services by a Washington County government agency. The project was delivered on-time, and at a savings of $300,000 compared to the original budget.

<b>Washington County Emergency Operations Center, Washington, Iowa	</b>
Washington County Emergency Operations Center, Washington, Iowa
<b>Dispatchers staff their new workstations in the Washington County EOC.	</b>
Dispatchers staff their new workstations in the Washington County EOC.
<b>Washington County officials and members of the Washington Chamber of Commerce cut a ribbon on the facility in a ceremony May 5, 2021.</b>
Washington County officials and members of the Washington Chamber of Commerce cut a ribbon on the facility in a ceremony May 5, 2021.

On Friday, May 7, the Fort Madison Chamber of Commerce helped Fort Madison Community Hospital celebrate the upcoming opening of a new, 12-bed Geriatric Behavioral Health unit to serve area seniors experiencing acute mental health crises. The 6,350 SF project involved remodeling a former patient care wing of the hospital also built by Carl A. Nelson & Company, and includes ligature-free patient rooms, nurses station, secure safe room and patient gathering spaces. 

FMCH and West Burlington, Iowa-based Great River Health officials and providers said the facility will help address a previously unmet need in southeast Iowa for elderly residents, whether living independently or in senior housing, to receive treatment for mental health issues such as severe depression and return safely to the community.

Completed on a time and materials basis working directly for FMCH, the $409,000 project was the latest in a long history of work Carl A. Nelson & Company has successfully performed for the Fort Madison hospital.

<b>One of 12 patient rooms in the new Geriatric Behavioral Health unit at Fort Madison Community Hospital in Fort Madison, Iowa.	</b>
One of 12 patient rooms in the new Geriatric Behavioral Health unit at Fort Madison Community Hospital in Fort Madison, Iowa.
<b>A patient common area and nurses station in the FMCH Geriatric Behavioral Health unit.</b>
A patient common area and nurses station in the FMCH Geriatric Behavioral Health unit.
<b>FMCH and Great River Health officials, providers and staff, and representatives of Carl A. Nelson & Company and other contractors, join members of the Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony May 7, 2021, outside the new behavioral health unit.</b>
FMCH and Great River Health officials, providers and staff, and representatives of Carl A. Nelson & Company and other contractors, join members of the Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony May 7, 2021, outside the new behavioral health unit.