$505M Mercyhealth Project Reaches Milestone

By Brian J Rogal -

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The $505 million Mercyhealth project, the largest in Rockford’s history, reached a milestone last week. The highest steel beam was signed by employees, physicians, administrators and community leaders and placed on the tallest point of the structure in this city about 90 miles northwest of Chicago.

“Today marks a very special moment, as we move one step closer to opening our Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Campus,” said Javon R. Bea, president and chief executive officer of Mercyhealth, at Wednesday’s event presentation. “This tradition of topping out means more than raising the last beam. This tradition is about setting and achieving increasingly difficult goals, honoring the milestones along the way and saluting continued success.”

“We’ve completed the structural steel frame for the new hospital and multispecialty clinic in less than a year and are now moving to enclose the buildings,” said Greg Werner, senior vice president and Chicago office leader of Mortenson Construction, which was hired last year to build the six-story, 451,000 square foot hospital and the five-story, 81,500 square foot clinic.

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