Danco selected to build Community Health Center
Open Door Community Health Centers has selected Danco Builders Northwest to construct its new 27,500 square foot community health center on Tydd Street in Eureka. “We are very pleased to select a local company for this important project. The construction will have immediate impact on our local economy and, in the long run, the finished health center will contribute more new jobs and opportunities to the area.” says Herrmann Spetzler, Chief Executive Officer of Open Door Community Health Centers. Danco was selected in a competitive bid process. “We’ve signed the contracts. We’re ready to go.”
According to Dan Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Danco Builders Northwest, “We recognize the importance of this project to the community on many levels. We’re excited that we can be part of expanding healthcare in our region. We believe this will be a showcase facility long into the future.”
Designed by HMR Architects of Sacramento, this is the second time Open Door and HMR have collaborated. “We opened a great new facility in Crescent City in 2007,” notes Cheyenne Spetzler, Open Door’s Chief Operating Officer. “We all learned from our Del Norte experience and the design of our new Eureka facility reflects our best thinking. It will provide greater access to a larger array of services than any clinic in our system.”
Open Door was awarded a multi-million dollar grant in October 2010 to construct the new facility by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration under the Affordable Care Act. The grant came with one big condition: the building must be finished by September 2012. “It has been a race to get everything done, from purchasing the land to designing the building to gaining the necessary approvals from the City and selecting the contractor. With the help of many people, we’re finally ready to begin construction,” says Herrmann Spetzler. “The time frame is definitely a challenge, but we are confident of meeting the deadlines. We expect site work to begin in the next few days,” says Johnson.
According to Spetzler, an official groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for October, “but we’re not waiting to get the construction started.”