Festivities included viewing of the final beam and the site, and culminated with the McCarthy team hoisting the final steel beam to the top of the structure.
Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) displayed the 22-foot long, 250-pound steel beam at various locations over the past month, encouraging those impacted by cancer to sign it. “We wanted this to be a symbol for strength and support that all of us at SIH work for,” said Jennifer Badiu, SIH System Director of Cancer Care Services. “But it also represents all of the community who have given friends and family members the strength and support they need through their journey.” The beam will be located in the entrance of the new facility, where all cancer patients and caregivers will pass under it.
The new 44,000-square-foot full-service cancer center combines SIH’s existing radiation therapy locations and its medical oncology clinics. Situated on a 15-acre site east of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge north of Illinois Route 13 in Carterville, the new facility alleviates the need to travel great distances to receive care. Bringing patients, doctors and services under one roof will increase efficiency and improve the quality of service.
The $24 million facility includes two radiation vaults, medical oncology infusion spaces, medical clinic suites, administrative offices, lab, rehab gym, meeting rooms, retail space and a self-service eating area. Lawrence Group is the project architect.
A concrete double vault enclosure will house the cancer center’s linear accelerators. Thick seven-foot thick concrete walls and ceilings will contain the high-energy radiation produced by the linear accelerators. “The linear accelerator vaults are constructed of more than 900 yards of concrete with tight tolerances,” stated McCarthy Senior Project Manager Andy Poirot.
The building’s design incorporates a number of sustainable elements. Natural materials, plenty of natural light and views of the surrounding landscape will promote wellness and healing in the cancer patients that visit the facility. The project is being designed and built to achieve LEED certification.
Construction began in September 2013 and is on track to complete in December 2014.
Headquartered in St. Louis, and founded in 1864, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is one of America’s premier builders. McCarthy (mccarthy.com) has constructed more than 800 significant healthcare facilities and renovated thousands more while consistently appearing on Modern Healthcare’s list of leading healthcare building companies. For 150 years, McCarthy has been building communities across America, both by constructing essential projects communities rely on, as well as by helping those who need assistance. Knowing how to build from preconstruction through completion is a tradition that will continue as McCarthy endeavors to advance the value of its expertise and deliver the highest quality, job-site safety and ultimately, the best final project costs. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy has approximately 1,600 salaried employees with offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned.
About Southern Illinois Healthcare
Carbondale-based Southern Illinois Healthcare is the region’s largest and most accomplished health care provider, with national accolades in cardiac and stroke care, rehabilitation and bariatric services, breast imaging and quality. As the second largest employer in southern Illinois, SIH is 3,300 employees strong with an overarching mission to promote the health and well-being of all of the people in the communities we serve. SIH is a three-hospital, 285-bed system with over 300 medical staff physicians and mid-level providers serving over 350,000 people in the southernmost 16 counties. Specialty services include obstetrics, pediatrics, surgical services, neurosciences, heart, cancer, emergency services and rehabilitation.