News Release: The Neenan Company, Gerding Builders break ground on Samaritan Pacific Communities

Community Approval of $57 Million Bond Supports Updated Critical Access Hospital

The Neenan Company and Gerding Builders have broken ground on the redevelopment of a 126,000-square-foot critical access hospital for Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH) in Newport, Ore. (Rendering courtesy of The Neenan Company)


FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Neenan Company, a fully integrated design-build firm based in Colorado, and Gerding Builders have broken ground on the redevelopment of a 126,000-square-foot critical access hospital for Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH) in Newport, Ore. The Neenan Company serves as the lead architect and general contractor for the project, partnering with Gerding Builders, LLC, a local construction firm.

Marking The Neenan Company’s first project with SPCH and its largest health care project by budget to date, the redevelopment project includes remodeling of 40,000 square feet of the existing facility plus an 86,000-square-foot, three-story addition.

“We are honored to lead a project of such magnitude,” said David Shigekane, president of The Neenan Company. “The new hospital represents the largest healthcare project that The Neenan Company has completed in our more than 50 years of business. The groundbreaking of this new hospital marks a significant milestone for our company, and we’re proud to contribute to this distinctive project.”

The new facility will house 22 departments, including expanded imaging, therapy, surgical and emergency services, greatly enhancing the scope of services the hospital will provide. The hospital will offer an integrated medical campus that brings together specialty departments, ancillary services and outpatient clinics.

Located immediately off the Pacific Coast Highway along the central Oregon coast, the facility will serve both Oregon coast residents and tourists. In 2015, voters passed a $57 million bond measure for the new facility, supporting the expanded offerings the new hospital is able to provide as well as the need for a modern medical facility, which was last updated in 1988.

“We are thrilled to have another exciting community project on the Central Coast and to continue our relationship with Samaritan Health Services,” said Tom Gerding, CEO of Gerding Builders. “Projects such as this bring lasting value to the community, and we appreciate the opportunity to be a part of such growth.”

With Newport located in seismic zone F, one of the highest zones in the country, The Neenan Company has developed strategic design and construction plans to meet this classification’s stringent building standards.

The project is planned for completion by the end of 2019.
About The Neenan Company:
The Neenan Company is a fully integrated design-build firm that specializes in the architecture and construction of commercial, education and healthcare facilities throughout the United States. The firm is based in Colorado and was a 2013 recipient of the national American Business Ethics Award. More information is available at

About Gerding Builders, LLC:
Headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon, Gerding Builders maintains a 50-year history of benefitting communities by building top-quality medical facilities, schools, affordable housing and commercial projects throughout the Coastal Region and the Mid-Willamette Valley. Gerding Builders has teamed with Samaritan Health Services on a variety of projects locally, having constructed the Samaritan Waldport Clinic, Samaritan Pacific Communities MRI and Dialysis Center, and is currently selected as the contractor for the SamFit facility here in Newport. Gerding Builders strives to bring value to the Newport community.


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