First building going up in Fountain Point project


As evidenced by the steel beams now in place, construction continues on Fountain Point, a massive development that will consist of a medical building, apartments and a senior living facility on the west edge of Norfolk. The 55-acre site in southwest Norfolk is being converted from farm field into a medical campus and goes relatively unnoticed — except to those who regularly travel near Divots on Highway 275. Located southwest of the roundabout at 37th Street, Fountain Point’s main structure being built now is a 75,000-square-foot medical building and senior housing facility.

Mary Kay Uhing of Norfolk, who has helped spearhead the development, said workers are confident that they will have the medical building enclosed before October. That will enable construction crews to work all winter, with a tentative date of having the building completed in August 2019 and occupied and in use by December 2019, she said. A lot of the progress that has happened already isn’t visible above ground — such as utility extensions for sewer, water and storm sewer — all of which are underground.

The building under construction now will be completed in three stages. Dr. Tom Beutler, the manager of the physican-owned project, said one of the unusual aspects of the construction is that each stage is completed from ground to roof before the next stage begins. Another exciting aspect of the project is what’s known as the addition of a “rapid recovery center,” which could include up to 25 units.

Rapid recovery centers are in use in many parts of the country and represent a new health care model, specializing in lower-cost rehabilitation and care immediately after an outpatient surgery. It helps with patients’ recovery before returning home. This October, construction of the next phase — the assisted living and memory care unit — will begin. Dirt work has begun on that phase of the project. The physician-owned Fountain Point includes many local contractors and products produced in Norfolk, including materials from Nucor Steel and Vulcraft.

Chief Industries in Grand Island is the general contractor and is Vulcraft’s biggest customer. Uhing, who serves as a spokeswoman for the project, said there also are many local plumbers and electricians working in the various stages of construction. Uhing said she appreciates the physicians who are investing in the project because they are providing health care of the future.

“These physicians are salt-of-the-earth people who work well as a team and are well-connected throughout the region. They are forward-thinking, networked and nimble. They can react to the ever-changing health care landscape and provide high-quality, state-of-the-art care right here so people don’t have to travel out of town to get quality care. And at a fraction of the cost,” Uhing said.

Beutler agreed. “In today’s health care environment, the number one issue on patients’ minds is cost. Everyone, every family, every business owner, every nonprofit organization, every industry and everyone in between is seeking ways to control their health care costs. The Fountain Point Medical Community understands this — quality care, cost sensitive, excellent patient experience and outcomes, medicine of the future.” Norfolk Medical Group will be among the entities planning to relocate to the new complex, he said.


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