Middle Park Medical Center project provides equal opportunity to local contractors
How do I know that Grand County cares about the development of locally operated health care? Over 9,000 hits, that’s how.
After a mere six days online, the Web site for the new Middle Park Medical Center project by Kremmling Memorial Hospital has generated more traffic than I could have imagined. Maybe I shouldn’t have been so surprised.
For several years now locals and second-home owners have frequently asked about the details of the project for a better understanding of what it will mean to their personal health care. I have been receiving increasing numbers of telephone inquiries from doctors and nurses interested in relocating and land developers who want to energize the area. Contractors who want an opportunity to help build the campus are also very interested in the project and many have signed up to receive regular updates online.
While I plan to report the details of the project as they become available both at http://www.MiddleParkMedicalCenter.com and through this long-running weekly newspaper column, I will first address what seems to be most immediately on many people’s mind – the opportunity to bid for a construction contract.
The hospital has been working with The Neenan Company, (selected as the design/build team by RFP), to develop, improve and refine a program initiated to ensure equal opportunities for all qualified contractors. A goal is to provide information about these opportunities for everyone while following federal guidelines that require the opportunity be opened to all qualified businesses and not limiting responses to “just” Grand County construction firms. This program has been named the “Local Participation Out-Reach Plan,” or the “LPOP” for short.
The elements of the LPOP are:
• Community outreach meetings
• Review of insurance requirements
• Review contractual to create “owner” bid analysis insight
• Bifurcating the project at the owner level
• Bifurcate the project at the design/builder’s level
Information regarding the project will be advertised in this newspaper. More detailed information will be posted online as it becomes available. Questions can also be asked through the Web site and the answers will be provided as quickly as possible.
The hospital is working diligently to “go vertical” with the medical center, realizing that the project will bring significant economic benefit to Granby and Grand County as a whole. The benefits go beyond the value of the construction of the project and extend to a sustained economic boon by providing careers and supporting business while providing improved access to health care for Grand County.
It is the intention of the hospital to provide equal opportunity to local contractors and subcontractors for the Middle Park Medical Center project.
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