GSN News Staff

A three-story, 62,431-square-foot medical office building is coming to a vacant 5.9-acre site at the southwest corner of Mercy Road and Rome Street in Gilbert

Mercy Medical Commons II is in a location dominated by medical uses and across the street from Dignity Healthcare Mercy Gilbert Medical Campus, the main driver for development in the area, according to town officials.

“We’re scheduled to break ground in September and The CORE Institute will move in Nov.1, 2019,” said Philip Wurth, executive vice president of Colliers International, which is representing the property owner. “We have additional space in the building that we are looking to lease to other medical uses.”

The CORE Institute, an orthopedic clinic, will be the anchor tenant. It will relocate from its current location inside the Mercy Medical Office Building, east of Mercy Gilbert Hospital.

CORE Institute has nine Valley locations, including in Mesa, seven physical therapy locations, two spine centers and a specialty hospital.

The new building will complete Phase II of the master plan originally approved in 2008 that includes the Ironwood Cancer Research Center property to the south and west of the site, according to Gilbert planner Keith Newman. Ironwood Cancer Center opened nearly a decade ago.

Gilbert Planning Commission approved the project’s site plan on Aug. 1.

The primary access to the medical office building will be along Rome Street with a shared entrance with Ironwood Cancer Center. Two other access points include a shared entrance off Mercy Road and the south end of the southern parking lot with Val Vista Skilled Nursing Facility, according to a staff report.

The building will have 438 parking spaces, of which 82 will be covered, with patient drop-off and pickup areas on the west side of the building.

The 55-foot-tall building will have a modern look using materials such as stucco, aluminum, tube steel and large expanses of glass in the construction.

Other life science and healthcare-related businesses in the area include the Celebration Stem Cell Centre, Hospice of the Valley, Heliae, a biotechnology company, and a number of smaller medical office condos.

The Planning Commission also has approved the site plan for a women and children’s tower at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center.

According to staff, plans are to begin underground utility re-locations in October with foundation work in December and vertical construction in the spring 2019.

The freestanding tower will sit on roughly 16 acres at the northeast corner of Val Vista Drive and Mercy Road and will connect to the existing hospital.

The facility will contain space that will be licensed by two institutions, Dignity Health and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The project includes a 379,295-square-foot acute care building containing 12 antepartum beds, 24 labor, delivery and recovery rooms, four C-section rooms, 46 postpartum beds, eight newborn nursery beds, 60 NICU beds, 24 pediatric medical surgical beds and 24 shelled pediatric medical surgical rooms.

It also will include 12 OB emergency exam rooms, 24 pediatric emergency exam rooms, six pediatric operating rooms, two endoscopy rooms, seven pediatric diagnostic imaging and neuro-diagnostic rooms, a cafeteria and support services.