Penrose St. Francis in midst of big construction projects

Penrose St. Francis Health Services is in the throes of two major construction projects, including a new medical office building just outside of the main hospital and a complete remodel of the emergency department.

The bones of the new office building are already up with an estimated completion date in the spring. Westfield Developers will own the building, which is being constructed on Penrose land, and will lease the second floor back to the hospital for its women’s health department.

“We’re hoping to have everything out there together on the women’s floor,” said Penrose construction manager Sean Mullholland.

Calcon Constructors of Colorado Springs, is doing the contract work on the building.

The hospital’s even more daunting project just got underway with a full remodel of its emergency department.

“It’s a very substantial project,” Mullholland said. “We’re taking what used to be a pretty open plan with curtains and beds and separating it into private exam rooms.”

What makes the almost $4 million project even more impressive is that the hospital’s emergency department will remain open and fully functional throughout the phased remodeling project.

“There should be no disruption at all to patient services during whole month-long process,” Mullholland said.