HeartPhelps Memorial Health Center

Holdrege, Nebraska Renovation Size: 61,000 SF Addition Size: 102,000 SF Construction Cost: $32.5M

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Building from scratch would have been the simplest way to provide Holdrege, Nebraska with a critical access hospital to replace the one that had been serving the community for nearly 45 years. But it would have cost an estimated 50% more to accomplish than the innovative replacement-in-place strategy that combined 102,000 square feet of new construction with 61,000 square feet of renovations. A strategic approach to sequencing allowed the team to work around the constraints of the existing buildings, the city block, and required set-backs to shuffle existing departments, add new ones and create appropriate department adjacencies. The result is a state-of-the-art facility that will serve the community well for the next 45 years.

  • Team
  • Team 9
    Team 9David Johnson, AIA, NCARB, EDAC
  • Jason Putnal, RA
    Jason Putnal, RAJason Putnal, RA, CDT
Healthcare Practice Leader Stephanie Pielich

Improving the Human Experience

Practice Makes Perfect: More than a Phase . . .

When a community can’t quite swallow the cost of a new hospital, JJCA's healthcare practice leader, Stephanie Pielich, says phasing into bite-size chunks makes funding easier.

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  • Maybe one of our biggest challenges with this project was getting there for the initial interview. Cancelled flights had us driving 5 hours from Denver and arriving 2 hours late. But we're happy to say we talked our way in!