GE Johnson tops out Colorado Springs health care projects

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When complete, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs will span more than 280,000 square feet across five levels, and a basement.

GE Johnson Construction Co. recently topped out two health care projects: Children’s Hospital Colorado’s newest pediatric hospital in Colorado Springs as well as an expansion of UCHealth’s Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs.

When complete, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, the region’s first pediatric-only hospital, will span more than 280,000 square feet across five levels, and a basement. The hospital will have 110 beds and feature neonatal and pediatric intensive care rooms, a dedicated pediatric emergency department, pediatric operating rooms, pediatric imaging resources, an inpatient and outpatient center for cancer and blood disorder space, and a pediatric sleep center. Every aspect of the project is being designed and built with children and their loved ones in mind, with the overall goal of creating a community resource for Southern Colorado families. Every effort has been made to make the facility more accommodating to family members and emphasize a healing, peaceful environment for children.

“There are very few jobs where, at this phase of the project, the energy is still growing,” said GE Johnson CEO Jim Johnson. “And I attribute that to Children’s Colorado’s participation and desire to increase their presence in Colorado Springs. We can’t thank them enough for that.”

Under construction since early last year, the project was designed by FKP Architects.

In addition, GE Johnson continues work on the UCHealth’s Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs, which has been under construction since summer 2016. It was designed by WHR Architects.

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GE Johnson tops out UC Health’s Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs.

The expansion project includes the renovation of several thousand square feet of existing tower space within the main facility. The bulk of the project entails a 160,000-sf addition to the hospital that will realign hospital spaces and programs to continue providing top notch care to the community. Included within the project are acute care and intensive care unit beds, labor and delivery rooms, an expansion of oncology and surgical services, as well as the renovation and expansion of support services including, lab, pharmacy, sterile processing, food and nutrition, imaging and emergency services.

This expansion project represents the latest partnership between GE Johnson and UCHealth, which includes the recently completed Grandview Hospital, Memorial North Cancer Center and Harmony Emergency Department in Fort Collins.

“We can’t thank UCHealth enough for the continued investment they are making in our community,” Johnson said. “I’m grateful to our project partners for their help in making this project a reality.”

To date, the UCHealth Memorial North expansion has encompassed 811 tons of steel and 7,518 cubic yards of concrete. More than 230,000 cubic yards of dirt were excavated prior to construction, and more than 450 workers have joined the effort, averaging 100 workers on site per day. The project is slated for completion in early 2019.

Kris Oppermann Stern is publisher and editor of Building Dialogue, a Colorado Real Estate Journal publication, and editor of CREJ's construction, design, and engineering section, including news and bylined articles. Building Dialogue is a quarterly, four-color magazine that caters specifically to the AEC industry, including features on projects and people, as well as covering trends…