Whidbey General Hospital

General Contractor Chosen for Building Project

The pieces keep coming together. In January we chose an experienced project manager to oversee our expansion. In April we hired a top-notch architectural firm. Now we have selected Andersen Construction to serve as our General Contractor and Construction Manager.
General Contractor Chosen for Building Project

Andersen Construction was general contractor for the Harrison Medical Center expansion, which added 50 patient rooms, four operating rooms and 16 pre-and-post surgical rooms.

Andersen was one of three construction firms that came to Whidbey General on July 30 to interview with our building committee. Earlier in the month, a subcommittee reviewed the qualifications of eight firms and narrowed it down to the three finalists.

After nearly four hours of presentations, the building committee withdrew to score each contractor on six criteria. Those scores were added to numbers from the subcommittee’s initial review. Scores were further adjusted for low, medium and high bids, which finalized Andersen as the top choice.

“Andersen is thrilled at both the opportunity to work with WGH and with the challenge of meeting the high standards of the community,” says Eric Olson, Seattle Operations Manager. “We look forward to delivering a best in class, patient-centered healthcare addition.”

Andersen, a family-owned business, has been building in the Pacific Northwest since 1950. They have completed more than $1.5 billion of healthcare construction on more than 30 hospital campuses and dozens of medical office buildings in the region.

Modern Healthcare Magazine has ranked Andersen in their national Top 20 General Contractors list for the past five years.

The group working on the Whidbey General expansion has extensive healthcare background and more than 150 years combined construction experience. Calling sustainability “a passion for our team,” Andersen has worked on 40 Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Certified projects, including four LEED Certified Healthcare projects.

General Contractor Chosen for Building Project Andersen was the general contractor for the $25.5 million, 54,000 square foot Harrison Medical Center expansion in Silverdale, Wash., and the $11 million, 34,600 square foot PeaceHealth St. Joseph Integrated Cancer Center in Bellingham (pictured, right).

The building committee that selected Andersen included hospital commissioners Ron Wallin and Grethe Cammermeyer, PhD; Tom Tomasino, hospital CEO; Hank Hanigan, Chief Operating Officer; and Linda Gipson, Chief Nursing Officer. Also participating were project manager Marc Estvold; HDR Architecture Principal Marjorie Brown; and HDR Project Manager Thom Keyes. The selection process took more than eight weeks and was coordinated by Estvold.

General Contractor Chosen for Building Project Andersen’s involvement allows them to participate as adviser and partner during the design process, which improves communication between all parties and can save time and money as the project develops (project members pictured, left).

“This project is immensely meaningful to Andersen and we take seriously our responsibility to deliver excellent quality and tremendous value to the Whidbey Island community and the hospital,” says Olson. “We can’t wait to get started!”