Medical building looks to be on track for a late summer opening |

Medical building looks to be on track for a late summer opening

Summit Daily/Kristin Skvorc

SUMMIT COUNTY – In December, Summit County welcomed an impressive, sprawling new neighbor – the new St. Anthony Summit Medical Center – but one of the most ambitious projects the county ever took on is rising quickly in its shadow.The new medical office building springing up near the hospital, a nearly $20 million project jointly funded through a public-private arrangement, will be the county’s premier space for local medical practices, as well as some of the area’s vital health services agencies. Construction began in late summer of last year, and aside from typical weather interruptions and a few design delays, it looks like it will be ready for a grand opening at the end of the summer. It is being built by the same contractor as the main hospital, MA Mortenson of Littleton. “We’ve pretty much planned all along for a Labor Day opening, and right now we’re still on track for that,” said Scott Vargo, assistant county manager. “It’s really coming along very quickly. And we’re still on track in terms of budget.”The county will control one half of the building, while the other half will be under the purview of the local doctors’ group buying into the project, Summit Medical Building LLC.

Of the overall $20 million cost, the county portion will be around $9.7 million, paid for by property taxes approved in 2003. The balance will come from the sale of one half of the building to the doctors’ group.New digs for whom?The building continues its reach upward, with construction this week on brick and mortar work on the facade and new studs and framing on the interior, according to Vargo.On the county side of the new three-floor structure, the first floor will house health services agencies including the Community Care Clinic, which will provide needed medical services to both the under- and uninsured. Neighboring the Community Care Clinic will be Colorado West Regional Mental Health, providing space for one of the area’s only mental health resources.

Attached to the Colorado West facility on the first floor will be an area dedicated to detox. Currently, offenders compelled to ride out their respective buzzes have to do so in cramped quarters within the county jail. Now, facilities specifically designed for detox will be available when the building officially opens for business.The second floor on the county’s side will be the new home for Bristlecone Health Services, which will continue to provide hospice and palliative care for terminally ill patients and their families.The second floor will also be the new home for the Summit County Coroner, but the balance of the floor and the third floor will be “shell space,” according to Vargo. He said extra space will either house other county offices or be offered for lease, “but that won’t be decided until after the main building is completed and ready to be occupied.”The privately owned side of the new building shapes up differently, and is a reflection of the 19-member doctor group that makes up Summit Medical Building LLC, according to High County Health Care CEO Dennis Flint, who is also the managing partner of the doctors’ group buying in.The tenant list on the private side of the building includes Vail-Summit Orthopedics and Avalanche Physical Therapy on the first floor.

The second floor will house all three of the disparate clinics currently in Frisco that make up the High County Health Care group: Frisco Family Practice, High Country Health Care Pediatrics, and Summit Ob/Gyn. Filling out the second floor will be the new offices of Dr. James Bachman’s Frisco Medical Center and practice.Finally, the third floor will be a mix of medical professionals. Flint says the floor will house Howard Head Physical Therapy, a Steadman-Hawkins orthopedic clinic, and Dr. Malcolm Strange’s Pediatric Dental Clinic.Flint said much of the rest of the third floor will be a multi-specialty space, co-housing the practices of Dr. Granville Lloyd, urologist, Casey Strahan, EMT, and Julie Colliton, a pain management specialist.The final pieces of the third floor tenant puzzle are yet to be filled, though the “flex space” designed for that floor has drawn interest from Aurora Denver Cardiology and some general surgery groups in Denver, Flint said.Duffy Hayes can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13611, or at

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