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$88 million Mercy Edmond I-35 is taking shape

Construction of the 206,000-square-foot Mercy Edmond I-35 is 60 percent complete. The medical complex and wellness center is expected to open in July.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: October 16, 2012 at 7:19 pm •  Published: October 17, 2012
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— Noisy saws sliced through natural native stones one by one, getting the pieces ready to decorate the walls of Edmond's $88 million medical complex and wellness center.

Larger stones such as those found across the Oklahoma landscape form a retaining wall that surrounds the building now taking shaping.

Construction of the 206,000-square-foot Mercy Edmond I-35 is 60 percent complete, said Scott Morris, project manager for McCarthy, contractor of the Mercy Health System of Oklahoma.

“We are on schedule and on budget,” said David Tew, Mercy Health System of Oklahoma chief operating officer.

Completion is scheduled for June 30. Plans are to start seeing patients after July 1.

About 200 people work each day on the three-story medical complex that sits on 25.61 acres on the west side of Interstate 35, 900 feet south of 15th Street. Construction started July 5, 2011.

“We are using a palette of six to seven accent colors,” Tew said. “They are vibrant and soothing.”

The medical complex is not a hospital. It is the first of its kind for Mercy, Tew said.

People will find outpatient operating rooms, clinical space for doctors and a wellness center with an indoor jogging track and three pools for swimming laps and exercising and for therapy sessions.

The pools sit near large windows so swimmers can look outside at a wooded area with large trees.

Doctors will send their patients to the wellness center, and people in the community can buy memberships to use the fitness center.

Prices for the memberships have not been set, Tew said.

Focus on wellness

Design of the project took between 14 and 15 months because Mercy officials sought input from the community.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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