The Neenan Company, a design-build firm based in Colorado, and Gerding Builders have broken ground on the redevelopment of a 126,000-square-foot critical access hospital for Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH) in Newport, Ore. The Neenan Company serves as the lead architect and general contractor for the project, partnering with Gerding Builders, LLC, a local construction firm.

Marking The Neenan Company’s first project with SPCH and its largest healthcare project by budget to date, the redevelopment project includes remodeling of 40,000 square feet of the existing facility plus an 86,000-square-foot, three-story addition.

The new facility will house 22 departments, including expanded imaging, therapy, surgical and emergency services. The hospital will offer an integrated medical campus that brings together specialty departments, ancillary services and outpatient clinics.

Located immediately off the Pacific Coast Highway along the central Oregon coast, the facility will serve both Oregon coast residents and tourists. In 2015, voters passed a $57 million bond measure for the new facility, supporting the expanded offerings the new hospital is able to provide as well as the need for a modern medical facility, which was last updated in 1988.

With Newport located in seismic zone F, one of the highest zones in the country, The Neenan Company has developed strategic design and construction plans to meet this classification’s stringent building standards.

The project is planned for completion by the end of 2019.