Following a detailed review of proposals and firm interviews, the University of Nebraska selected Altus as the Professional Services provider for the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) for Genetics and Rehabilitation Facility Replacement.
Altus’ scope of services includes program verification, design, preliminary cost estimating, permitting approvals, and construction administration services for the project, with an estimated project cost of $85,085,210. Construction is anticipated to begin in June 2019 with a move-in goal of July 2020.
The project will consolidate, replace, and improve upon existing MMI facilities, creating a landmark building that reflects and supports the Institute’s mission. MMI strives is to be world leaders in transforming the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and communities through outreach, engagement, premier educational programs, innovative research, and extraordinary care. In order to achieve MMI’s bold mission, this project will be designed to align with the latest thinking about developmental disabilities. This innovative approach not only applies to the buildings design, but also to the Institutes operational model, which focuses on interdisciplinary care delivery – greater collaboration between disciplines – throughout a patient’s life span, not just pediatric patients.
The project will include renovation of an existing Aksarben office building at 6902 Pine Street, built in 2000 for First Data Resources. The design team must accommodate programmatic needs for clinic, therapy, education, research collaboration, and office spaces, creating new barrier-free environments for patients, families, faculty, staff, and students. Also of critical importance is improved technology infrastructure to enable enhanced delivery of tele-medicine to partner facilities.
The project will include additions to the building to house a new main entrance lobby, indoor and outdoor playground / therapy areas, and a pool serving multiple therapy components of the Institute. Site improvements will include minor roadway reconfiguration to create dedicated drop-off and parking areas along with the creation of an enclosed outdoor play area adjacent to the therapy areas.