Turner tops out Denver Health’s Outpatient Medical Center; services to be centralized

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Turner Construction tops out Denver Health’s new Outpatient Medical Center.

Turner Construction recently topped out Denver Health’s new 293,000-square-foot Outpatient Medical Center.

“As the city grows, the demand for quality health care grows with it. Denver Health is working hard to update its infrastructure and expand its floor space to meet the future needs of Denver,” said Denver Health CEO Robin Wittenstein.

Construction is on schedule for completion of the seven-story OMC in 2020. The building will centralize numerous outpatient services under one roof and will include a day surgery center, expanded pharmacy operations, lab services and radiology.

In 2017, Denver voters approved $75 million to help construct the $160 million building through the Elevate Denver Bond Program. City Council approved a second debt issuance to utilize the remaining voter-approved funds for the OMC.

Elevate Denver is a 10-year, $937 million general obligation bond program that will enhance the city and county of Denver by providing critical improvements to the city’s infrastructure – improving roads, sidewalks, parks, recreation centers, libraries, cultural centers, public-owned buildings and safety facilities.

“One in three Denver residents gets their health care from Denver Health, so it was no surprise that when we included the Outpatient Medical Center in the Elevate Denver Bond Program, our residents overwhelmingly said yes to making it happen,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said. “Denver Health is such an important part of our community, and with this topping off, we’re one step closer to new critical health services people here can rely on.”

Over the next several months, Turner Construction will continue working with Plaza Construction Inc., a minority-owned business, pouring the concrete floors. The building will then be clad in concrete and glass before interior work begins.

Published in the May 15-June 4, 2019, 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…