Mercyhealth Selects Mortenson to Build $485 Million Healthcare Project in Rockford

Chicago – (June 9, 2016) – Mortenson Construction has been chosen as the builder for Mercyhealth’s new specialty women’s and children’s hospital and multispecialty clinic building. The $485 million project broke ground on June 6, with both facilities scheduled for substantial completion in January, 2019.

Mortenson’s Chicago office, which recently built the new 296-bed Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Ill. and led the joint venture partnership to build the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, will be the construction manager, working closely with architect and engineer AECOM. Nationally, Mortenson has completed $4.9 billion in healthcare work, representing nearly 400 facilities and 17.5 million square feet, in the past 10 years.

"Mortenson Construction’s extensive experience in building state-of-the-art healthcare facilities made it the clear choice for Mercyhealth,” says Joanna Benning, Vice President of Facilities and Construction. ”Time and again, this team has delivered the highest quality, safely, on time and on budget.”

Mortenson simultaneously will build the seven-story, 451,000 square foot hospital and the five-story, 81,500 square foot clinic near the intersection of Illinois Interstate 90 and East Riverside Boulevard in Rockford, which is Illinois’ third-largest city. The new hospital will focus on specialty women’s and children’s medical services, intensive care for all ages, cardiac center and the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. The multispecialty clinic will house labs, physical therapy and other outpatient services as well as administrative offices.

The new medical campus is located about 9 miles east of Mercyhealth’s current Rockford hospital, which will continue to offer emergency care, surgical services, outpatient behavioral health services and cancer clinic.

“Mercyhealth is making a major investment to expand important health services for its community, so people can receive more world-class care close to home instead of having to travel to Madison or Chicago,” says Larry Arndt, Mortenson’s healthcare general manager who is leading the project. “To make these services available as soon as possible, Mercyhealth has set an ambitious building schedule, so we will be employing a range of innovative and LEAN construction technologies and techniques, including prefabrication and modular construction.”

About Mortenson

Founded in 1954, Mortenson is a family-owned construction and development company. As one of the nation's top builders, Mortenson provides a complete range of services, including planning, program management, preconstruction, general contracting, construction management, design-build, and development.  Mortenson has offices in Chicago, Denver, Fargo, Iowa City, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio and Seattle with international operations in Canada.

About Mercyhealth

Mercyhealth was formed in January 2015 through the merger of Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System. Today, Mercyhealth is a vertically integrated, not-for-profit multi-regional health system comprising five hospitals, a wholly-owned insurance company, more than 867 physicians (561 employed physicians), and 80 outpatient clinics and other service sites that provide care to residents in more 60 communities in 15 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin counties. Mercyhealth provides over 75 specialty and sub-specialty services, including neonatal and pediatric intensive care, perinatal care, neurosurgery, heart and vascular care, cancer care, plastic and reconstructive surgery, da Vinci robotic surgery and much more.