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OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home is Better Built

03-08-2013

When Better Built®; members used their skills to construct the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, a 23,000 square foot facility designed explicitly to provide maximum comfort to patients and families, the professional construction workers of the union building trades not only paid attention, they defined and demonstrated the importance of details.
“The building has a ton of very high end millwork,” says Project Manager Andy Cook, for union-affiliated general contractor P.J. Hoerr, Inc. “We stored the huge pile in the lobby of the building for two weeks before we installed it so the wood could acclimate to the temperature and humidity.”
Skilled members of TRICON (Tri-County Construction Labor Management Council, Inc.) consistently complete and deliver building projects, large and small, commercial and residential, on time and in budget. The Hospice Home opened early and the combination of developed skill and excellent productivity of the union members saved both time and money according to Cook. “Even though it was a fairly complicated project, we came in under budget and ahead of schedule.”
Only the fourth stand-alone hospice in Illinois, Hootie Owens, whose husband Richard had hospice care prior to his death in 2003, had donated the initial $2 million to jumpstart the project. Each of the 16 residence rooms (300 sq ft) includes a window with a view of the scenic courtyard. The facility also includes a chapel, massage room, hydrotherapy room, Internet café, laundry for both patients and visitors, as well as a private dressing room for visitors with a shower. The two 600 square foot family rooms also include an adjoining children’s play area. A well-lit walkway surrounds the building and leads to a gazebo where families can hold a picnic or other outdoor activity.
As a newcomer to commercial construction Donna Medina, Vice President OSF Hospice and Foundation says she was surprised by the orderly work site. “It was very clean and more organized than I thought it would be. They made a concerted effort to keep things tidy at all times.” And she comments on how personable the workers acted, “We would bring potential donors through for a tour during construction and they accommodated us very well,” adding, “when we moved in they even helped us carry in the refrigerators.”
As a facility for those in search of relief, the residents and their families can rest well knowing the OSF James L. Owens Hospice Home was Better Built®.
Story by Chris Stevens.  Edited by Kiersten Sheets

General Contractor:; PJ Hoerr
Project Manager:; Andy Cook
Subcontractors:; Central Illinois Consulting, Inc. (Construction Survey and Layout)
Lewis Michael Construction Maintenance (Site maintenance and cleaning)
Otto Baum (Site Concrete)
Summit Masonry & Stoneworks (Masonry)
Hein Construction (Wood Framing and roofing)
Peoria Roofing & Restoration (Foundation Waterproofing)
Millworks, Inc (Windows)
S & S Builders Hardware (Frames, Doors and Hardware)
Houlihan and Associates (Metal stud framing, drywall and acoustical ceilings)
Elite Painting (Painting and Wall Coverings)
Central Illinois Floor coverings, Inc (Flooring and Ceramic Tile)
Benchmark Cabinets & Millwork (Cabinets, Countertops and Millwork)
Thompson Brothers Construction (Installation of Specialties)
Warner Plumbing (Plumbing and Medical Gas Systems)
PIPCO (HVAC, Site Utilities and Fire Protection System)
Fleming Electric, Inc (Electric, Fire Alarm, IT, Access Control, Nurse Call)
Illinois Civil Contractors, Inc (Site work and storm sewer)
Tazewell County Asphalt (Parking lot paving)
R.A. Cullinan & Sons (Access Road Paving)
Kelly Glass (Glazing)
Hohulin Fence (Fencing)
Penn Landscaping (Landscaping)




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