Scare Away Cancer's annual Boo Brew at Nebraska Brewing Company was a huge success.
An estimated crowd of 200 people gathered to raise a pint (or two) to help in the fight against cancer. $3,700 was raised for Scare Away Cancer, a nonprofit organization that supports patients and families who have immediate needs. The organization also supports cancer programs that provide treatment and services to cancer patients. This year, Scare Away Cancer is helping the Linear Accelerator project at Methodist Health Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
"It's inspiring to see everyone come and support our cause," said MCL Construction Senior Vice President Tony Fucinaro. "I think this event is a success because it's low key and very relaxed. Everyone here considers each other friends."
Scare Away Cancer is an all-volunteer organization started by the employees of MCL Construction. This year, Boo Brew 3 was supported by a team of volunteers from the Lincoln Financial Group. Its team was instrumental in driving presale tickets to the event, checking in guests, selling raffle tickets, and organizing basket raffle prizes.
Scare Away Cancer's feature event is coming up on October 22 at Anthony's Steakhouse. If you haven't been to our Halloween costume bash, you are missing out! Purchase individual tickets or an entire table by clicking here.
If you were not able to come to Boo Brew and find yourself inspired by those who did, please feel free to make a donation to help us continue our mission of helping, helping in any way we can.
Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, announces the completion of the second phase of the Surgery Expansion Project on its campus located at 8303 Dodge Street.
The second phase includes the addition of 15 new surgery rooms including two heart and one endovascular suite. The addition of 60,551 square feet also includes a new sterile processing department, a new waiting room, new office space, locker rooms, and a physicians’ lounge.
“Opening the OR spaces in phases was necessary so we could maintain our current surgery schedule while moving some of our existing equipment to the new OR suites,” said Jay Jadlowski, Service Executive - Surgical Services at Methodist Hospital. “As has been the case during this entire construction period – we’ve not stopped providing surgical services and won’t as we put the finishing touches on our new surgical areas.”
The first phase of the project included the mechanical and electrical upgrades needed to build the new surgery suites, the kitchen and dining room facility updates, and a new Endoscopy Center was constructed on the second floor.
The third phase of the project will start in late August and will consist of the demolition of the old operating rooms and remodeling them into 44 new private prep/recovery rooms.
MCL Construction is the general contractor on this project and has worked closely with the hospital staff and designer to assure the safety and quality that is demanded in healthcare construction with minimal to no disruption to daily hospital activities and procedures.
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Centris Federal Credit Union was looking for something new and something different when building its new branch at 518 E. Broadway in Council Bluffs. Now that it is open, employees and members have discovered the new building is exactly what they wanted and more.
"We want our members to feel like it's a warm and inviting atmosphere," says Centris Federal Credit Union President and CEO Steve Swanstrom. "We accomplished that with a lot of the natural lighting that comes into the branch; there's something about natural light that puts people in a good mood."
Members will like other amenities in the 3,400 square foot branch, like the technology devices in the waiting area, colorful, comfortable furniture, and a large media wall that displays the latest news from the Credit Union.
"What we focused on when we were ready to invest in another branch is the member experience," says Ann Helm, Senior Vice President, Administration. "They are the same concepts that we have in our other locations; it just pushed the envelope ever so slightly to make it a better experience."
MCL Construction completed this Holland Basham Architects design in under a year’s time. The building features additional private office space, a break room, and a large canopy with pneumatic tubes for drive-thru banking.
"When you have a partnership, you can pick up the phone and say help me make a decision on this matter; the input is delivered from MCL and you know you can trust it," said Helm. "These are not cheap projects and you want to make sure they are done right the first time and MCL can deliver that."
The latest technology in treating cancer is now being utilized at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The addition of a state-of-the-art linear accelerator gives cancer patients in southwest Iowa the best in cancer care.
"Patients have responded extremely well, they are very positive, and have talked about how calming it is to come into the new room with the new equipment," said Steve Baumert, President and CEO of Methodist Health Jennie Edmundson Hospital.
To make room for the new linear accelerator, MCL Construction carefully coordinated with hospital staff to assure there were no disruptions to hospital services during the project. It took ten months to complete a 3,400 square foot addition that was constructed between the existing hospital and the parking garage on campus. The new addition created a vault for the linear accelerator with the walls being up to five feet thick of concrete. A new control room, exam room, and storage room are also part of the project.
Director of Cancer Services at Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Michelle Kaufman, worked closely with the MCL Construction team throughout the project.
"The guys from MCL were an absolute joy to work with; the communication from day one all the way through to the project was excellent. I think patient care was their number one concern," said Kaufman.
The Cancer Center at Methodist Health Jennie Edmundson is the ONLY nationally accredited cancer center in southwest Iowa and patients may drive an hour or more each way for treatment.
The new linear accelerator will allow the staff at Jennie Edmundson to treat more complex cancers previously referred to other facilities for radiation therapy.
Omaha Salvation Army officials and community leaders officially broke ground on the 18,000 square foot expansion to the Omaha Kroc Center located at 2825 Y Street.
Omaha-based MCL Construction is the Construction Manager and General Contractor for the project. Barker Rinker Seacat, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is the lead architect with HGM and Associates assisting on a local level.
The year-long project will be completed in several phases and add new and exciting features for the growing membership base, including:
"This is an unprecedented opportunity to continue to develop and enhance the services we offer to the Omaha community. The significant changes we're implementing have the potential to affect multiple generations of Kroc Center attendees in their search for discovering and developing their God-given talents," said Major Todd Thielke, Senior Kroc Center Officer.
MCL Construction was selected to build the project in 2015; it has collaborated with Kroc Center officials and the design team over several months on preconstruction and budgeting activities. MCL completed the last major project at the Kroc Center, the addition of a new locker room in 2011.
"We are thrilled to be working with the Salvation Army and Kroc Center officials," said MCL Construction President Bob Carlisle. " This project is going to have a significant impact on the South Omaha community."