Chad Kruse joins MCL Construction as the Director of Preconstruction Services and Advanced Project Delivery, while Christopher Rock has joined the Omaha, Nebraska, based construction management and general contracting firm as a Project Manager. Both bring a wealth of construction experience, particularly in the healthcare market space.
Kruse, originally from Randolph, Nebraska, has a B.S. Degree in Construction Management from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Colorado State University. Most recently, Chad was the Director of Construction Programs at Medxcel which provides support systems, process, and structure for Planning, Design, and Construction operations.
"I chose MCL Construction for the organizational culture demonstrated by leadership," said Kruse. "I believe MCL demonstrates a commitment to providing superior service and value to clients and the community while also remaining firm to its values of integrity, authenticity, and excellence."
Before Medxcel, Kruse spent time at Altus Architectural Studios, Valley View Hospital in Colorado, and several positions, including Manager of Projects, Construction, and Compliance, at Nebraska Medicine. Chad is a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager and won the 2016 Emerging Leader Award from the American Society of Healthcare Engineers where he has been a member since 2006. Chad is married and has three children.
Christopher Rock joins MCL Construction after 11 years at Linbeck Group based in Houston, Texas. Chris is a Lincoln native and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.S. in Construction Management.
As a Project Manager at Linbeck, Chris directed close to $200 million in construction projects at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Center and its various locations in the Houston area.
"MCL is a growing, innovative company that I am excited to be a part of," said Rock. "With its family feel and growing resume of challenging projects, I know this is a great fit for my family and me."
Chris is married and a father of five. He is active in the Associated General Contractors serving as a facilitator and instructor in BIM/Virtual Design and Construction classes and Lean Work Structuring certification classes.
About MCL Construction:
MCL Construction is an Omaha, Nebraska, based Construction Manager and General Contractor. Founded in 1987, it builds relationships with business partners by using construction expertise with innovative building strategies to provide a collaborative, smarter building experience
MCL Construction in Omaha, Nebraska, recently completed construction on the new Central Sterile Processing Facility for Nebraska Medicine. It serves as a central location for the sterilization of all surgical instruments used by Nebraska Medicine.
"This project sets the stage for our long-term growth and flexibility by centralizing complex sterilization and case pick activities into one facility to support our whole system," said Brian Spencer, Manager of Facilities Planning at Nebraska Medicine and UNMC. "In the future, as we grow surgical sites of care, we no longer need to worry about full sterile processing departments."
The 39,500 square foot facility was developed by LendLease, a worldwide leader in healthcare development and investment opportunities.
The centralized Sterile Processing Facility is innovative in concept and keeps Nebraska Medicine and UNMC on the cutting edge of the healthcare industry.
"This facility fundamentally reduces our risk by streamlining and standardizing all sterilization and case pick activities across our system with the primary goals being to reduce errors and increase efficiency," added Spencer. "We are a very early adopter of this style of development and, to the best of our knowledge, are the first in the Midwest and Big 10 schools to bring online an integrated service center."
MCL Construction, the leading healthcare builder in Omaha area, partnered with Nebraska Medicine and LendLease early in the design process providing expert budgetary and value management services. The design and construction of the facility were fast-tracked to meet the mandatory completion date.
"Excellent, above expectations," said Clark Bridgman the General Manager of Design and Construction for LendLease. "On a scale of 1 to 10, it was a 10."
Brian Spencer added to what Bridgman said about working with MCL Construction.
"As always, the MCL team came to the table as our trusted partner and ensured we brought online the right facility at the right cost at the right time."
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About MCL Construction
MCL Construction is an Omaha, Nebraska, based Construction Manager and General Contractor. It builds relationships with business partners by using construction expertise with innovative building strategies to provide a collaborative building experience.
Creighton University officially breaks ground on a new 200,000-square-foot School of Dentistry to be located at 21st and Cuming Streets. The $84.5-million project is scheduled to be completed in July 2018. The new building will increase from 12,000 annually to 15,000 the number of patients served who come from all walks of life in the Omaha area, many of whom would otherwise not have access to regular dental care. The new Creighton School of Dentistry is being constructed by Omaha-based MCL Construction and is designed by RDG Planning and Design.
According to Mark Latta, DMD, MS, dean of Creighton’s nationally recognized School of Dentistry, the new facility will accommodate a modest enrollment gain, offer more clinic space, and feature enhanced labs, classrooms, research space and offices. Most importantly, says Dr. Latta, it will expand Creighton’s outreach to underserved patients.
“For more than a century, the Creighton University School of Dentistry has served a vital role in the community by supporting the oral health care needs of the region’s citizens,” says Dr. Latta. “Our mission compels us to expand the dental school and continue to graduate the best-prepared, practice-ready general dentists who will continue to serve thousands of children and adults in need.”
In 2015, Creighton’s School of Dentistry served more than 12,000 patients, including children. The dental school is also the state’s largest provider of dental services to low-income populations. With that number increasing to 15,000 patients served annually, students and staff are projected to provide $91.4 million in discounted and unreimbursed dental services over the first ten years of the new facility being open—up from their current offerings valued at $6.7 million a year. Also, serving patients through community partners, the dental school’s discounted and unreimbursed services will grow to $21.6 million—an increase from today’s $1.3 million in services through the community partners.
“Service to patients across the spectrum coupled with a vision for innovation have long been at the heart of the curriculum in the Creighton School of Dentistry,” said Creighton University President the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ. “In this new facility, faculty and students together will be able to expand those parallel missions, finding the best ways to compassionately care for all patients and making the latest treatments available.”
The new facility will also house some of the latest technological enhancements in dentistry, allowing for high-level specialties to expand the range of care it provides to the community. The new Creighton University School of Dentistry will include:
The new facility is expected to deliver greater economic impact through 191 new jobs, amounting to $76 million in additional wages and salaries, and nearly $8 million in additional state and local taxes. With the new facility’s offerings, it is estimated that the Creighton School of Dentistry will create a $200 million economic impact over a 10-year period.
“We are dedicated to educating the nation’s premier dentists and providing comprehensive, compassionate oral healthcare to all of our patients,” says Dr. Latta. “A larger, updated and technologically advanced facility will allow us to meet the growing demands of our dental program, our patient base, and the national population. As we look toward our vibrant future, we will continue our commitment to an outstanding clinical education experience rooted in Jesuit principals that underscore our care of those in need.”
The Creighton University School of Dentistry opened in 1905 and moved to the Creighton campus in 1921 when it outgrew its space in the Edward Creighton Institute. The Boyne School of Dental Science, the school of Dentistry’s current location, opened in 1973.
*From Creighton University with copy added from MCL Construction
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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