(Wheeler) – Following a competitive process the Nehalem Bay Health District has selected Bremik Construction, an Oregon firm with extensive healthcare and coastal construction experience, as Construction Manager/General Contractor for the new Nehalem Bay Health Center and Pharmacy project.

Bremik won the engagement with the Health District by demonstrating successful construction management of similar health care facilities and by proposing the most cost-effective approach.

Bremik, founded in 2004, recently worked with the District’s architecture team – Scott Edwards Architects – on a medical office building in Hood River and the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in Newberg. Bremik has also done extensive work for Providence Health & Services and Kaiser Permanente. Bremik has also worked with the Health District’s owner’s representative, Klosh Group, on a variety of projects.

Bremik’s coastal construction experience includes work on the Cannon Beach Elementary School, a motel to housing conversion in Seaside and the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria.

Bremik principal and partner Tygh Colton is serving as the preconstruction manager of the Health Center project. Susan Odeh Brandt is the project manager and Kevin McMurray will be the project superintendent once construction begins. The combined Bremik team has more than 75 years of construction experience.

Bremik has also won industry and union recognition for its apprentice programs that have involved thousands of hours of training and work by female carpenters. Bremik has an extensive record of working with small and minority owned businesses and subcontractors and has embraced the District’s expectation that north coast subcontractors will be involved in the project.

“It is an important milestone in this transformative project to have the Bremik firm and a complete team onboard,” said Health District president Marc C. Johnson. “We know that the coastal environment, as well as a very detailed and complicated health care construction project present challenges and we are fortunate to have a team with deep experience to bring this project to competition in a timely and cost-effective manner.”

“The project aligns with Bremik’s mission to build projects that benefit the local community,” said Bremik’s Tygh Colton. “It is an honor to be working with the Nehalem Bay Health District and Scott Edwards Architecture to deliver this project to serve the Nehalem Bay region.”

Johnson expressed thanks on behalf of the Health District board to community members Lloyd Lindley, a retired landscape architect, and Brad Berman, an experienced construction project professional, for their assistance in evaluating construction manager/general contractor qualifications and approaches.

Scott Edwards, the District’s architect, is currently working on detailed construction drawings for the new 16,000 square foot Health Center and Pharmacy. The District and its design and construction team expect to submit permit applications to Tillamook County in the late April timeframe with a summer target date to commence construction.

The city of Wheeler conditionally approved the design of the new facility in December, including signing off on parking and heights requirements. The city asked for additional detail on landscaping plans and stormwater drainage, issues that will be addressed during the current phase of architecture work.

The new Health Center and Pharmacy, located at US Highway 101 and Hospital Road in Wheeler, will nearly triple the size of the existing Health Center in Wheeler (the former Rinehart Clinic), including a larger, modern pharmacy, a dental suite and exam rooms to accommodate current patients and future growth.

For more on the Nehalem Bay Health District visit: www.nehalembayhd.org