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A new home for pediatric services

image Christus Stoneoak Medical Plaza Emergency Room and Medical Office building, 1434 E. Sonterra Blvd.

SAN ANTONIO - With the ever-growing population in San Antonio, especially in the north central area, it doesn’t take long for emergency rooms to fill up. And who wants to wait for hours on end when you are faced with a medical emergency?





    Leo Joeris, who laid the foundation for his company based on valuing each individual and caring for their well-being, founded Joeris General Contractors 50 years ago. The tradition of this understanding for every person on the project from employee to subcontractor was key to Joeris being awarded the contract to construct the new CHRISTUS Stone Oak Medical Plaza Emergency Room and Medical Office Building.
    Located at 1434 E. Sonterra Blvd., the new construction and tenant finish out of the 3-story, 59,702sf facility was constructed in 12 months at a cost of $12.1 million. The first floor makes up a freestanding emergency room, while medical offices will consume the second and third floors.
    The facility was constructed with concrete tilt wall and steel structure framing with interior drywall, glass/aluminum storefront doors, vinyl flooring, wood cabinetry and solid surface counters.
    As with any project, challenges are faced. Some of the challenges faced included having the jobsite broken into, long lead times for several key items, and coordination with suppliers of owner provided equipment.
    The phasing of the project was a unique challenge where Joeris was originally contracted to build the shell and the tenant finish out packages all came out separately, all with different completion dates and all with different levels of finishes. This was also a challenge with city inspections as each phase had separate permits. The building and tenants primarily serve children.  Tenants include the Christus free standing emergency department, which operates 24/7 and has imaging capabilities of MRI, CT, and X-ray, the Christus primary care physician’s group for general practice, and a multi-specialty clinic for children with ENT, Audio, Neurology, Ortho/Sports, and GI needs.
    Joeris Project Manager Mike Moilanen, Superintendent Chester Carrauthers and Architect Mark Seibert with MKS Associates worked closely together to ensure the tradition of the Joeris philosophy was carried out to the owner’s satisfaction. “The architect/engineer/owner team are some of the best to work with as they have vast knowledge and experience with the end users and in the medical field. They were extremely prompt in turning around paperwork
to keep the project flowing and very adaptive to resolving issues that arose throughout construction,” says Mailanen.
    Headquartered in San Antonio, Joeris General Contractors has locations in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Houston. -cmw

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