Mortenson Development, Seavest Healthcare partner on Candelas MOB

Davis Partnership designed SCL Health’s new medical office building in the Candelas development in Arvada.

Mortenson Development Inc. and Seavest Healthcare Properties will joint venture on SCL Health’s new 43,732-square-foot Class A medical office building at the intersection of West 91st Place and Candelas Parkway within Candelas in Arvada. Mortenson’s construction arm will build the two-story facility, which was designed by Davis Partnership Architects.

Over the last decade, Mortenson has worked with SCL Health to deliver more than 40 projects. This marks the first project in which Mortenson will act as a developer/owner for the nonprofit health care organization.

“Access to quality health care has never been more important, and we’re proud to be working with SCL Health to bring this primary care facility to the Candelas community,” said Taber Sweet, director of real estate development with Mortenson Development Inc.

Mortenson was responsible for site planning and design services for the development, including managing all entitlements and city approvals.

Asked what patients and providers will most appreciate: “The continuity of design as it flows from the exterior to the interior, which is reflected in the use of warm wood tones and the linear patterns in the ceilings and floors,” said Wendi Ekborg, Davis Partnership principal. “For this growing community, having access to an outpatient clinic facility such as this will be more than just a convenience; it will continue to build community and home.”

“The design inspiration pays tribute to the open fields of northwest Arvada through the notion of two overlapping branches laying in prairie grass,” said Davis Partnership’s Cody Weaver, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Associate. “The gray panel used at the screen wall, entry and stair reflects the texture of bark that wraps the branch with adjacent warm tone panels echoing the wood core of the branch creating openings in the façade for connection from the exterior to interior. The irregular window patterning is much like the voids within grass allowing light to pass through the dense prairie. The brick masonry color represents the hues found in prairie grass while the brick banding reflects the setting sun,” he said.

Associated Bank provided the construction financing loan totaling approximately $9.6 million. The project team anticipates completion next summer.

Published in the Sept. 2-15, 2020, issue of CREJ.

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…