Saunders Construction, a leading construction manager/general contractor based in Colorado, and BCS Demo started the demolition of the Peoria Regional Medical Center (PRMC) and plan to have the existing structure demolished by mid-November 2020. First Service Medical, a development and investment group, purchased the seven-acre property and plans to replace it with a new state-of-the-art medical campus.

“Saunders is well known for our work building modern medical facilities in the Mountain West with numerous new projects under our belt,” said Ryan Balakas, vice president of Saunders. “We are thrilled to be serving the local Peoria, Arizona community on this long-awaited project and partnering with this great team.”

The medical center has been an abandoned construction project for the past 10 years in the north part of the city, near the southwest corner of Lake Pleasant Parkway and Jomax Road. The demolition process will be done as expeditiously as possible while maintaining all state guidelines for COVID-19, including a QR code personnel check-in for onsite tracing. The team will be using a Trackhoe CAT 349 to demo the existing structure and a high side end loading semi-trucks to haul off steel.

“Peoria has spent many years working to remove the skeletal remains of PRMC and although many roadblocks have stalled our efforts, Peoria persevered in securing a demolition order while working to find the right owner for this site,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat. “We are thankful for First Service Medical’s commitment to demolishing the blighted structure and we look forward to the development of a superior medical campus to serve our growing community.”

“It has been such a long journey to get to this point” said Bridget Binsbacher, Peoria city councilmember.  “Our community is ready to see this old structure come down and watch the new, advanced medical center take shape.”