The Community Hospital campus
A rudimentary rendering of the plans for the Community Hospital property north of campus.


CMU takes next step in moving onto current Community Hospital campus

Construction has begun on a portion of the soon-to-be vacated Community Hospital building that will become the home of Colorado Mesa University’s health sciences program.

Community Hospital administrators have moved into temporary quarters across 12th Street, enabling work to be done on the two-story, northeast portion of the building. Remodeling of that portion is the first step in a $14.7 million project to revamp the building and property for use by CMU’s health sciences program.

Community Hospital plans to move into its new facility at 2351 G Road in mid-March. Colorado Mesa purchased the eight-acre site on North 12th Street between Orchard and Walnut avenues for $7.1 million under an agreement reached between the two in 2011. CMU has made use of other parts of the property for such things as an apartment-style residence hall.

CMU will demolish about 50,000 square feet of the older portions of the hospital building, remodel 24,000 square feet and add about 10,000 square feet in new construction. The eastern portion of the project, which includes classroom and staff space is slated for completion by Jan. 1, 2017 with the remainder done by August 2017. It will include more classrooms and instructional laboratories. There will also be changes to the grounds that will include green spaces and an intramural field.

"This project is necessary to provide needed classrooms and critical lab space to educate and graduate health science professionals who want to serve Colorado," said CMU Department of Health Sciences Director Deb Bailey. "Currently 100 percent of the nursing students who graduate from CMU have obtained jobs. Expanding the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs at Colorado Mesa University will increase employable graduates available and help Colorado take a step toward meeting the internal capacity to educate nurses and meet the needs of Colorado residents. CMU currently turns away well over ½ of the nursing applicants to the programs due to capacity."

The state allocated $3 million toward this project last year. CMU is contributing a little more than $2 million and is requesting the remaining $9.2 million from the state to complete the on-going project.

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