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Altus is excited to announce our team expansion into the Colorado marketplace!  In support of current and future relationships, we welcome Chad Kruse, Vice President, to our leadership team. In Chad, the firm gains a dynamic and seasoned healthcare professional. Our relationship with Chad dates to the early 2000’s when he was a client, working with Altus on numerous projects at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, NE. He continued his career providing healthcare management operations when he moved to Glenwood Springs, CO in 2013 to take on the role of Director of Facilities for Valley View Hospital.

With more than a decade of provider-side experience – both at a rural hospital as well as a large academic teaching system – Chad is poised to appreciate and foresee the many challenges and strategic needs of our clients. His experience, empathy, and knowledge enables him to offer the most relevant solutions and appropriate resources for each client project. Likewise, his active involvement in national and regional healthcare associations ensures he will infuse projects with innovation and best practices to achieve success.

Chad graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with a minor in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. As a lifelong learner, he is nearing completion of his Masters in Healthcare Administration at Colorado State University, with an anticipated graduation in March 2018. His passion for serving is evident in the fact that he is currently the acting Board Treasurer for the Colorado Association of Healthcare Engineers & Directors (CAHED).  In addition, Chad received the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) 2016 Emerging Leader Award.

While discussing his transition from the provider-side to becoming an architecture partner, Chad states, “I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge, so when this opportunity presented itself I knew I could make an impact, which was key for making the change. I’ve always been highly invested in the pursuit to foster excellence in the patient experience, especially as it relates to quality and safety within the built environment and associated operations, so being able to influence those outcomes up-front in the planning and design process has me stoked. I look forward to being able to relate to clients, in the fact that I’ve managed operations and compliance teams, which provides me with a firm grasp on the challenges and strategic initiatives they face. In this new capacity with Altus, I’ll be able to proactively foster expert collaboration in support of clients to address both their current issues, as well as in anticipation of future needs, such as long range space flexibility and operational efficiency. I have held Altus in high regard for many years – I’m thrilled to join the Altus team!”

We are ecstatic to have Chad onboard!



Ribbon Cutting and Open House at New Wellness Center

The new Korff Fitness and Wellness Center at Thayer County Health Services is now open!  Members of the Altus design team were honored to attend the open house and ribbon cutting ceremony.  Altus provided Master Planning and Architectural Services for TCHS.  The Wellness Center Addition was the first phase in implementing the Master Plan.  To learn more about the project and view additional photographs, visit the project page


CHI Health Project Dedication

Altus was proud to be a part of the Dedication Ceremony for the new CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center – University Campus.  The event was well attended by City officials, CHI Health providers, CUMC faculty, and members of the community.  Part of a larger Academic Medical Center initiative, this location serves the local community with a 24-hour emergency department, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, imaging, clinic space for family practice, OB/GYN, and pediatrics.  Visit the project page to learn more about this innovative healthcare facility.

Altus Hosts the Dean

Altus was proud to host Katherine Ankerson, Dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.  Dean Ankerson spent time sharing exciting news about the College, learning more about our firm, and discussing ways in which students and professionals can collaborate.

New Project: Richland Parish Clinic and Hospital

March 25, 2016 – Altus was awarded the opportunity to design a replacement critical access hospital and clinic for Richland Parish Hospital in Delhi, Louisiana.  Currently, the Altus team is working through concept design options.

Construction Progress

CHI Health Academic Medical Center ConstructionDecember 14, 2015 – The 80,000 square foot CHI Health Academic Medical Center – University Campus construction is progressing and the building is taking shape.  Construction is anticipated to be complete in Fall 2016.

The 2-story medical center will include space for primary care physicians, specialists, imaging, laboratory, physical therapy, and 24-hour pharmacy and emergency departments. The building will have 64 outpatient exam rooms for use by 30 physicians working in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, behavioral health, cardiology, orthopedics, and other areas. Space for clinical research will be included within each clinic module.  Physical therapy and occupational therapy will be located on the lower level, as well as meeting space for community members and Creighton University’s medical students.

Photography by Brad Williams Photography.

Replacement Hospital Complete

Field Memorial 1

Field Memorial Community Hospital 2 Field Memorial Community Hospital main entrance (top) and open house (bottom).

The new, 62,500 square foot replacement hospital for Field Memorial Community Hospital was completed this fall.  Altus had the opportunity to provide architecture and design services, which delivered more critical access hospital for less money.  Members of the Altus team traveled to Centreville, Mississippi in September for the open house and ribbon cutting ceremony.

To learn more about this project, click here.

CHI Health Clinic Completed

1-7514Altus provided architecture and design services for the newly completed CHI Health clinic near 161st and Maple streets in Omaha, Nebraska.  An open house was held in January to celebrate the opening of the new facility.

To learn more about this project, please click here.