Bryan Construction announced a project milestone Sept. 26 on its 30,000-square-foot addition to the St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City.

A final piece of steel was added to show the building has reached its maximum height. Construction started in April and will be finished by March 2018.

The two-story addition, which cost $7.2 million, will have up to 45 new rooms, most of which will be examination rooms in addition to treatment rooms, radiology services, reception areas and a café. The cost includes both exterior and interior construction.

The addition to the hospital will bring more health care services to Cañon City, said Doug Woody, project executive for Bryan Construction.

“The most important thing for us as well as the client would be expanding health care presence in Cañon City and being able to provide more care services [here] versus them having to go to Pueblo or Colorado Springs to receive those services,” Woody said.

Bryan Construction is working with the owner, Boldt Company, and RTA Architects on the Centura Health project. Boldt, Bryan Construction and Centura recently completed  the Broadmoor Commons Medical Office Building in Colorado Springs.

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“This project was more based on a relationship,” Woody said. “We didn’t bid it; we were asked to be involved in the team from both the developer, Boldt, and Centura Health. … It was more relationship-based than anything else.”

Woody said Cañon City is a good market to look into for manufacturing companies, health care and retail since it’s close to larger cities and is a less expensive option.

“Cañon City’s a little unique,” he said. “It’s heavy on correctional facilities — that’s where a lot of their long-term residents work. I do think Cañon City should be looked at for certain markets.”