Construction starting for new Anne Carlsen Center facility
The new facility will be located directly east of Jamestown Regional Medical Center on the south side of Interstate 94.
JAMESTOWN – Dirt has been moved at the site of Anne Carlsen Center’s new facility, and the hope is to have a camera in place soon so people can stay updated on the status of the project.
“We are working with our construction manager to get the internet connected and set up a construction camera,” said Tim Eissinger, CEO of the Anne Carlsen Center. “We just want to be very open about the progress of the project. We hope it helps keep the community excited about the new building and what it will mean for this community.”
He said the plan is to move into the facility by February 2024.
The new facility will be about 110,000 square feet and will be located directly east of Jamestown Regional Medical Center on the south side of Interstate 94. The new facility will support 34 individuals, including 24 with medically complex needs and 10 with more behavioral challenges.
Eissinger said it was important for the new facility to be constructed in Jamestown.
“The legacy, the vision, the passion in this community and how well it’s been supported, there were so many reasons for us to build here and we are very happy we made the decision we did,” he said. “We are just excited about continuing to be a difference maker in people’s lives over the next 80 years here in Jamestown.”
Eissinger also said having the new facility in Jamestown keeps it centrally located in the state and helps cut travel times for families who need to travel and stay connected and support their family members in care.
He said the Anne Carlsen Center is excited for the new facility to be located next to JRMC and the potential collaboration of that partnership. He said being close to JRMC will allow for faster access to emergency medical care, and better opportunities to share professional resources and services.
Mike Delfs, president and CEO of JRMC, said it is exciting to have the Anne Carlsen Center near the medical center and being in one location has many potential advantages. He said conversations are being held about what services that either entity can share.
“I think there will be a lot of opportunities based on that,” he said. “Co-locating like that, it sends a clear message to the community about a beginning of what I would call a medical park where people can come for services.”
Mortenson Construction is the construction manager for the project and JLG Architects is the architecture firm. The project cost has grown to $57 million after adjusting for increasing material costs, supply chain challenges, workforce issues, and other factors, Eissinger said.
“We continue to adjust some minor elements of the design but for the most part it’s the same facility we had hoped to secure at its original $41 million budgeted cost,” he said.
He said the Anne Carlsen Center in consultation with its construction manager prepurchased as much construction materials and equipment as possible to help battle the escalating costs.
The Anne Carlsen Center has received more than $40 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture low-interest loans to help cover the cost of the new facility.
“I was just really really pleased with the level of cooperation we had with USDA,” Eissinger said. “With helping to address the cost escalation, we were able to get creative with pursuing additional low-interest loans through the USDA as well as contribute additional equity from Anne Carlsen.”
Eissinger said the first phase of the capital campaign is essentially complete.
“We already have dreams for additions to the new building,” he said. “We plan to work with our capital campaign committee to discuss phase-two options and what that timing could look like moving forward. We are seeing a lot of demand for our services and we just want to make sure we are positioning ourselves for growth and supporting the community and the region and the state with the services that children and families need."
Phase two includes adding a gym, more classrooms, a larger separate equipment storage facility and other features necessary for growth. Eissinger said Anne Carlsen Center is working to assess current and future needs in the community and region to keep the facility viable well into the foreseeable future.
He said the Anne Carlsen Center is planning phase two to begin shortly after staff occupy the new facility.
“In some respects, we are planning the phase-two elements so that construction will be minimally disruptive to current programming when that construction does begin,” he said.
The Anne Carlsen Center is actively planning what to do with the current facility once the new facility is built. Eissinger said a number of conversations have been held with other organizations in Jamestown about collaborating, co-locating or expanding services into that existing facility.
“We are excited about exploring those possibilities over the next 18 months,” he said. “We are really most interested in adding to the capacity for services in Jamestown and helping to build a stronger community.”
He said the three eight-bed cottages on the existing campus are expected to remain on the current campus for the foreseeable future.