Archive for Tuesday, March 16, 1993


March 16, 1993


The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees will consider hiring a Des Moines, Iowa, developer and an Omaha, Neb., architectural firm to develop a $4.8 million medical office building.

The board will review the proposed contracts at Tuesday morning's meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. in the hospital's auditorium.

LMH executive director Robert B. Ohlen is recommending the board hire the Graham Group Inc. of Des Moines to oversee development of the building project. Graham's estimated fee is $551,106, or 11.4 percent of the total project cost.

Under the proposed contract, Graham's responsibilities include:

Providing construction management services for construction of the building shell and tenant improvements.

Interviewing potential physician tenants and providing detailed marketing materials.

Obtaining signed leases from potential tenants prior to construction.

Assisting the hospital in finalizing the building's budget.

Conducting an overview and analysis of the Lawrence commercial office market.

OHLEN considered bids from Graham and two other firms, Advanco of Lawrence and Mediplex of Dallas.

Ohlen also is recommending the board hire Henningson, Durham and Richardson Inc. of Omaha to provide architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering services and develop the site and a temporary connecting link between the medical office building and the hospital. The fee for the work is not to exceed $25,000.

If development of the medical office building continues without interruption, it is projected to be open for business by the fall of 1994.

THE BUILDING would contain 53,000 gross square feet, of which physicians would be able to lease about 14,000 square feet.

The medical office building is one portion of LMH's multimillion- dollar renovation and construction project.

The project also includes increasing parking and enlarging radiology, emergency room surgery and laboratory areas.

The board voted last month to allow LMH to finance different phases of its construction project while taking on a limited loan and reducing expenditures within the existing budget.

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