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SIU SDM Advanced Care Clinic | Poettker Construction

 Publication: Illinois Business Journal, April 3, 2020

Repeat business and strong relationships with clients, design teams, trade contractors, vendors and community partners have been instrumental in Poettker’s success over the past four decades. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been a client of Poettker’s for various projects over the years. Their most recent endeavor together is the $11.5M addition to the School of Dental Medicine (SDM) facility that will house the university’s new Advanced Care Clinic (ACC) on the Alton campus.

“Poettker Construction is excited to serve the SIU School of Dental Medicine as the general and coordinating contractor on this important project to the local community,” said Poettker President Keith Poettker.  “We are grateful for the enhanced education opportunities SDM offers students wishing to study dentistry, as well as the extensive treatment capabilities for patients of all ages.”

The ACC project began in March 2020 with the demolition of the vacant former MDL Building 283, which connects Hogg Hall to the MDL Simulation Lab that Poettker constructed in 2013.

The new 23,000 SF innovative clinic addition, anticipated for completion in June 2021, will provide state-of-the-art accommodations for the SDM to facilitate treatment for its most vulnerable patient population, children who require general anesthesia for the completion of care.  By adding general anesthesia capabilities in two medical operating suites, the SDM will be able to offer more comprehensive, predictable and safe treatment, allowing for the timely completion of care, particularly for children and patients with special dental care needs.

“The SIU School of Dental Medicine is preparing future dental professionals who will shape a changing world through their important work as clinicians and service to the community,” said SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook. “The new Advanced Care Clinic will allow our students to develop their skills in a top-level facility, with important focus placed on the care of vulnerable patient populations.”

With construction taking place on an active school campus, safety and communication are key to the project’s success.  Poettker Project Manager Nelson Vogt said, “Detailed coordination efforts and communication amongst all project stakeholders will help Poettker and the supporting contractors maintain safe construction operations and limit disruptions to the students who will occupy the adjacent buildings throughout the project’s duration.”

This project is made possible by the generous financial support of Delta Dental of Illinois and the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation.

FGM Architects is serving as the architect on this project.  MEPFP prime contractors included GRP Wegman Company for electric, France Mechanical Corp for heating, Hock Inc. for ventilation, Kane Mechanical, Inc. for plumbing, and Kane Fire Protection, Inc. for fire protection.

Additionally, Poettker is actively working on $30 million in recent and ongoing higher education projects.


This article originally appeared in the April 2020 issue of the Illinois Business Journal

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