02.04.2010

Monroe Clinic Awards Contracts for Northwest Addition Project

Monroe Clinic informed five subcontractors of their winning bids to work on the Clinic’s Northwest Addition expansion project. The firms selected were drywall contractor Hallmark Drywall, Inc., (Madison, Wis.); plumbing contractor Hooper Corporation, (Madison, Wis.); fire protection contractor J.F. Ahren Co., (Madison, Wis.); HVAC contractor North American Mechanical Inc., (DeForest, Wis.); and electrical contractor Faith Technologies Inc., (Sun Prairie, Wis.) who will partner with PDC Electrical Contractors, (Monroe, Wis.).

In an extensive bid process including in-depth interviews, each firm was evaluated on the basis of quality, price, local participation, safety, schedule, and fair wages and benefits, (especially healthcare benefits), for its employees.

Local participation is defined as firms located in—and employing workers who reside in—the four counties Monroe Clinic serves, which are Green, Lafayette, Stephenson, and Winnebago. Each firm had to demonstrate a willingness to partner with smaller sub-contractors based in Monroe Clinic’s service area or provide a significant number of local resident workers.

According to Monroe Clinic President and CEO Mike Sanders, “It’s not every day a project of this size and economic impact is developed in Green County. Especially at times like this, when so many people are unemployed, particularly in the construction industry, we felt it was absolutely critical to keep these jobs as close to home as possible. We like to say we’re committed to keeping the “green in Green County”, and the other counties we serve.”

Sanders said, “Our primary responsibility is to the community. Delivering the highest quality health care as cost efficiently as possible is an important priority in everything we do, and this project is no exception. We’ve chosen firms we’re confident can best help us achieve these objectives.”

The firms selected represent a mix of both union and non-union companies. Hallmark Drywall, Inc., Hooper Corporation, and J.F. Ahren Co. are union firms, while North American Mechanical Inc., Faith Technologies Inc., and PDC Electrical Contractors are non-union. These firms join Green Valley Ready Mix, which has already begun work on the project.

Jim Hans, VP of Healthcare Division for CG Schmidt, the general contractor for the project stated, “We’ve worked with all of these contractors in the past. They have outstanding track records, and we have no doubt they’ll perform exceptionally well.”
Hans added, “While all of the finalists were strong contenders, in the end, those with the most competitive bids who were deemed best able to deliver on the project criteria were awarded the contracts.”