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Plans & Updates for MIHS Prop 480 Projects

By Tasha Anderson and Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Maricopa Integrated Health System Project Executive Steve Blaylock wasted no time sharing future plans for the group’s Integrated Program Management Office Design and Construction program on Thursday, May 18.

He spoke at the Market Intelligence: What’s Happening with MIHS, Valley Metro, and Town of Gilbert event hosted by Society of Marketing Professional Services, Arizona Chapter.

“We have $949M to spend, and we are very anxious to spend it,” Blaylock said, regarding the Proposition 480 Bond Issue voters granted to MIHS.

Blaylock highlighted projects under Proposition 480, most notably the design and construction of a new acute care hospital and behavioral health hospital that will ultimately help expand their Roosevelt Campus in Downtown Phoenix.

“We’re going to expand our services, make the place a little more friendly to get around in. Right now, it’s got some pretty tough places to park,” he added.

Another project mentioned was the construction of eleven ambulatory clinics county-wide to replace the worn down clinics they have today and better serve regional populations.

Blaylock also introduced the core team for the Integrated Project Management Office, the group formed by MIHS to manage and complete the strategic capital projects. The team includes, Vanir Construction; hospital planner Innova Group; Blue Cottage, a hospital operational planning group; Siegel + Gale, a branding company out of Los Angeles; and real estate broker Land Advisors Organization.

“The idea with that is we want to try and get an integrated design process in place and really build a team to develop the entire program,” he said.

Toward the end of his presentation, Blaylock shared three upcoming Requests for Qualifications. The first two are for Architectural and CMAR services for a Beta Site, a 30KSF-40KSF ambulatory care center. The location of the Beta Site has not yet been selected.

The last RFQ is for Architectural/Engineering services for the Roosevelt Campus Site Development and Utilization Plan, a Master Plan procurement to review and evaluate the entire development area.

“We’re going to do a really deep dive on the facility. The utilities, everything there has been there for forty-something years and has never been touched, never really been looked at. So we have to take a real hard look at what we have and determine where the new buildings need to be.”

Blaylock did not give an exact date for when the RFQs will be issued but mentioned that they are anticipated to be released within the next month.

Board Meeting Offers Little News on 480 Development

Perhaps in a sign of how well-integrated 480-related projects and processes have become, very little was said, and even less was acted upon in the May 24 formal meeting of the Special Health Care District Board of Directors.

Aside from a couple of general budget line items noted by CFO Kathy Benaquista in her general overview presentation on the preliminary FY 2018 budget, the only 480-related discussion by the board was the consent agenda approval, which included an RFQ-CMAR with Kitchell Contractors Inc. for the Phase 4 completion of the Employee Health building and the Maricopa Medial Center southeast third floor area. The maximum cost was noted as $288,872.

The other consent agenda item was approval of a new Cooperative Agreement between MIHS and Presidio Networked Solutions Group, LLC for Epic Test Management Services –Phase II, a component of the enterprise Strengthening the Foundation program previously approved by the board. The Phase II program cost is $347,747. The eSTF program focuses on technology solutions and associated professional services, among other core issues.

A 480-related capital expenditures report was included in supplemental and background materials that made up the 245-page meeting packet. $106M was budgeted in the first offering of 480-related funding. Of that, slightly less than $66M has been spent to date, leaving a Cash-in-the-Bank total of $40M remaining.

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