Work Begins on CHI Ambulatory Building

OMAHA, Neb. — McCarthy Building Companies of St. Louis broke ground on May 7 on the new CHI Ambulatory Building, which is part of the new academic complex for Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha.

The $35 million, 80,000-square-foot facility will feature a new, team-based approach to health care, education and the community in one location that will serve the region. It will house the region’s first free-standing emergency department as well as outpatient and diagnostic services and community space.

“McCarthy is a trusted partner who truly believes in taking care of its clients,” said Josh Olson, senior project manager, facilities operations for CHI, in a statement. “We know they will deliver the same high standard of care in building this medical center for our community as we do in providing health care and education.”
Specialty care services at the new ambulatory building will include psychiatry, obstetrics/gynecology and a pharmacy. The facility will also be home to Creighton University’s Family Medicine Residency Program, providing new technology that enables virtual visits with physicians located across town as well as student-patient learning. The facility’s goal is to enable interaction while reduce patient costs.
“We know CHI Health is committed to serving the health care needs of the Omaha community while looking to develop leading educational opportunities for future health care professionals,” said Ryan Felton, McCarthy project director, in a statement. “We are focused on providing them with excellent customer service throughout the construction of this building, so they can focus on what they do best — providing excellent health care and education to the community.”
McCarthy has a long history with CHI Health, serving as construction manager and general contractor to deliver their Generation Patient Program, a $250 million renovation and additional capital improvement program for five hospitals in the Omaha area, including CHI Health Immanuel, CHI Health Bergan Mercy, CHI Health Mercy, CHI Health Midlands and CHI Health Lakeside. McCarthy also completed a previous capital improvement program called the New Era Initiative in addition to other various renovations and continuous work.
“We’ve worked with CHI Health for a long time, and we are proud that they have chosen McCarthy to build this forward-thinking health care facility,” said Ryan Sawall, McCarthy project manager, in a statement. “We will continue to be a community partner by collaborating with local small and large businesses to successfully deliver the facility to CHI Health.”
McCarthy will work with Altus Architectural Studio, Specialized Engineering Solutions (SES) — both based in Omaha — and The Davis Companies, which is based in Marlborough, Mass., on the new facility.

The complex is slated to open in late 2016.