Nebraska Methodist Health System’s (Omaha, Neb.) Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, wanted to offer western Iowa families more healthcare options, specifically greater access to primary care and women’s services.

Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital engaged Holland Basham Architects (HBA; Omaha) to expand the hospital’s campus to do just that. The result is a three-story, 63,144-square-foot medical office building completed in June.

The first floor houses primary care and orthopedic clinics, including exam rooms, treatment rooms, intake areas, nurse/physician pods, an X-ray suite, and a diagnostic lab. The second floor has women’s and perinatal services with exam/ultrasound rooms, non-stress testing rooms, treatment rooms, intake areas, mammography, ultrasound, and bone density scanner. A gastrointestinal clinic makes up the third floor, with flex space for growth.

The overall design was guided by the desire for a new and more attractive front door for the campus. This building provides that with a more contemporary look and unique branding opportunities. One of the goals for the project included making the new clinics more easily accessible to patients. By relocating clinics from their former locations on campus, parking is now more convenient for patients, the drop-off is immediate, and access is directly inside the front door. Each clinic entrance is on each floor’s lobby, which also makes wayfinding simpler.


Project details:

Facility Name: Methodist Jennie Edmundson Medical Office Building

Location: Council Bluffs, Iowa

Completion date: June 2020

Owner: Nebraska Methodist Health System

Total building area: 63,144 sq. ft.

Total construction cost: $13 million (core and shell)

Cost/sq. ft.: $206/sq. ft. (core and shell)

Architecture firm: Holland Basham Architects

Interior design: Holland Basham Architects

Engineering: Specialized Engineering Solutions (mechanical/electrical /plumbing/fire protection); Nielsen Baumert Engineering (structural); Olsson (civil)

General contractor/builder: The Graham Group Inc. Construction Division