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SIH Comprehensive Cancer Center, Carterville, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Construction

Memorial Hospital-East, Shiloh, Holland Construction Services (Joint Venture)

P18 cancer-centerBy ALAN J. ORTBALS
    McCarthy Building Companies Inc. is nearing completion on a new, 43,500-square-foot comprehensive cancer center for Southern Illinois Healthcare in Carterville, Ill.
    The $24.5 million project is centrally located on a beautiful 15-acre, wooded lot on Illinois Route 13. Andy Poirot is McCarthy’s project manager on the development.
    The building will combine SIH’s cancer treatment services throughout Southern Illinois — including radiation oncology, medical oncology, an infusion center, specialty clinics, rehabilitation and laboratory — under one roof. Construction began in September 2013 and is expected to be completed late November 2014.
    Many of the original trees at the site were left intact to surround the structure that is made of brick, stone and glass, Poirot said. It will feature a healing garden in the center and a pond in back. The cancer center’s grand glass walls bring in the natural landscaping and a create sense of serenity for patients undergoing treatment. A stone “mending wall” runs from the front of the cancer center to the interior, creating the “heart” of the center, and ends in a beautiful outdoor area complete with a lake, outdoor seating and walking paths.  
    In addition to the aesthetics, the cancer treatment center has some unusual construction features, Poirot said. For example, the piece of equipment used to treat cancerous growths with radiation is called a linear accelerator. It is referred to as a LINAC, for short.
    “The LINAC treatment area is actually enclosed in a massive vault with 3 to 5 feet of concrete on all sides, including the ceiling,” Poirot said.  
    The building will also have a CT (computerized tomography) scan and an infusion bay for chemotherapy treatments, which overlooks the lake.
    In addition, the building has been designed to meet Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification through the U.S. Green Building Council, the first Southern Illinois medical building to achieve that certification.    
    Poirot, who has a degree in civil engineering from SIUE, said that, while the building will be substantially complete in November, it will probably take several months for SIH to move in all of the furniture, fixtures and equipment. McCarthy will assist with that process.

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Highland announces details of 2014 Gigabit Challenge

    HIGHLAND — City officials want to reward entrepreneurs through a competition designed to attract start-up companies that utilize technology to develop and market products or services.
    The 2014 Highland Gigabit Challenge is a business plan competition that offers benefits in excess of $40,000. The Challenge was created by the city in partnership with the Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
    Applications are being accepted through Oct. 20. The winners will be announced Dec. 12. Applications and additional information can be obtained on the website:, or by contacting Peck at (618) 654-3592 or or McKeehan at (618)
650-2929 or

Local university adds a nutrition degree program

    The Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved a new undergraduate degree in nutrition at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville beginning Fall 2015.
    The bachelor of science in nutrition, offered by the SIUE School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, will focus on the study of foods and nutrients and their effect on the health of individuals.
    Instruction will include areas related to: nutrition, metabolism, health promotion and disease prevention, diet, food  preparation and client education.
    Students may apply to the program by visiting


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