Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks Construction Milestone for Iain Mackenzie Medical Plaza And New Surgery Center

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Dr. Mackenzie, Government Officials and Local Physicians Celebrate New Destination Health Care Campus, Featuring Brookeside Surgical Arts at York

YORK, Pa., June 1 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Congero Development, LLC, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Iain Mackenzie Medical Plaza, a new destination health care campus in York, Penn. The 7.3 acre project will include Brookeside Surgical Arts at York, a Medicare certified and Joint Commission accredited Ambulatory Surgery Facility (ASF).

Mackenzie Medical Plaza groundbreakingThe namesake of the project, Dr. Iain Mackenzie, was in attendance along with members of the state Legislature, Representatives Ron Miller and Stan Saylor; York County Commissioners Christopher Reilly and Doug Hoke; York Township Commissioner Phillip Briddell; and from the City of York, Councilmember Genevieve Ray and Treasurer Karin Krebs. Approximately 120 people were in attendance including physician partners from Digestive Disease Center and Martin Foot and Ankle, government officials, project contractors and other stakeholders, along with their families.

"This project is resulting from the vision of our amazing physician partners, the cooperation of local government, and the support of Susquehanna Bancshares," said Bruce Wallace, CEO of Congero Development. "Together with our partners, we are committed to realizing your vision and bringing a new standard of surgical care to the York community."

The Iain Mackenzie Medical Plaza is intended to bring together existing and needed services in one convenient location for residents, and is expected to create approximately 150 new, highly compensated jobs with benefits. Located at 2050 South Queen Street at the former Blazenet site, the plaza will include three medical buildings, the first of which houses 8,100 square feet of medical office space plus an additional 16,500 square feet for the ASF. Dr. Mackenzie founded Digestive Disease Center, which is among the first committed tenants of the new medical plaza.

"I stand here today with gratitude for being recognized by my fellow surgeons and friends with this extraordinary honor," said Dr. Iain Mackenzie, now retired. "When I came to York and opened my practice, I could have never imagined it would someday lead to having my name on a building, let alone this impressive project."

Brookeside Surgical Arts at York is being developed in partnership with local surgeons as an innovative, multi-specialty surgical facility. Brookeside will be housed in the first medical building on the property and includes six operating rooms with private recovery and step down areas. Designed by award winning medical architecture firm Anthony C. Pings and Associates, Brookeside will bring together functional aesthetics with the most sophisticated surgical and infection control technologies available.

"This will be no ordinary ASF. Brookeside Surgical Arts will bypass 'state-of-the-art' to embrace technology that is on the leading edge of our industry," said Anthony Pings, architectural partner and ACHA-certified healthcare architect. "Every detail of this center has been purposefully designed to deliver efficiency while supporting sophisticated systems for advanced infection control and surgical equipment."

The medical offices at Iain Mackenzie Medical Plaza are anticipated to be complete this winter, with the surgery center tracking toward a Spring 2010 opening.

Partners contributing to the project include:

Anthony C. Pings and Associates specializes in medical architecture, including the highly specialized and technical areas of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, cancer centers and diagnostic imaging. The firm has consistently been recognized for its creative and patient-focused designs. Anthony C. Pings is a board certified healthcare architect by the American College of Healthcare Architects, a member of the American Institute of Architects and a NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registrations Boards) certificate holder.

The general contractor is Benchmark Construction Company, an award-winning, full service construction manager and general contractor servicing the central and southeastern Pennsylvania region. Benchmark specializes in commercial and institutional construction with an emphasis in healthcare and senior living.

CS Davidson, Inc. is handling structural engineering for the project. C.S. Davidson, Inc. is a leading engineering firm serving south central Pennsylvania. They offer a broad array of services ranging from municipal engineering to construction inspection and material testing. With a tradition of service since 1923, C.S Davidson has built a reputation for quality design and one-on-one service to clients and is widely regarded for its integrity and community involvement.

Mechanical plumbing and electrical services are being provided by Barton Healthcare-a division of Barton Associates, Inc. Incorporated in 1968, Barton Associates, Inc. is a nationally recognized consulting engineering firm providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, control systems design and commissioning services. Barton has nearly 60 employees and provides engineering consulting services for a variety of education and healthcare facilities throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Construction financing is being funded through Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc., a financial services holding company with assets of approximately $14 billion. Headquartered in Lititz, Penn., the company provides banking and financial services at more than 230 branch locations in the Mid-Atlantic region. Through Susquehanna Wealth Management, the company offers investment, fiduciary, brokerage, insurance, retirement planning, and private banking services, with approximately $6 billion in assets under management and administration. Susquehanna also operates an insurance brokerage and employee benefits company, a commercial finance company and a vehicle leasing company.

Congero Development, LLC, is a full service, health-care specific developer, providing full service turn-key development services including business development, licensing and accreditation, equipment planning and procurement, supply side purchasing, vender and insurer contracting for healthcare facilities throughout the United States. Congero prides itself on partnering with its physicians to create a scalable, efficient long-term investment that will enhance the delivery of healthcare to the communities in which they are located. Visit for more information.

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