On May 22, 2011, an EF-5 tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri. Many people were killed and homes and businesses were destroyed. That included the city’s hospital. There was a critical need to rebuild the facility. The challenge of this project was to open a new hospital within 39 months of when it was destroyed.
Olsson was charged with negotiating all off-site property acquisitions, which included easements, right-of-way, and additional property acquisitions.
The project scope entailed building a new hospital which was developed on 120 acres at 50th and I-44. Mercy was built with 327 inpatient beds, with later expansion up to 424 beds. Hospital facilities comprise Level I trauma, medical surgery, critical care, women’s and children’s care, behavioral health, and rehabilitation, amongst others. The new hospital required a significant amount of infrastructure improvements, including reconstructing the perimeter roadways of Missouri Route 86, 50th Street, Indiana Avenue, and the adjacent Interstate 44 interchange.
This hospital has become a standard as to how all future health care hospitals will be built in the Mercy system.