The 10,440 square foot, two-story clinic features a spacious and comfortable lobby, ten provider offices, ten examination rooms including two larger treatment rooms, and a small classroom for education programs.
The building also includes space for computer technology systems, support services offices and a break room for staff.
Officials, funding agencies, elected officials, construction crews and clinic and hospital staff gathered to cut the ribbon on a cold and windy winter day, much like the conditions twelve months earlier, when the ground breaking services were held.
The conditions were more warm and friendly as the clinic threw open its doors for an open house later in the day. A large number of area residents took advantage of the opportunity to tour the new facility.
Tri-Hurst / Hogan Construction supervised the construction of the building, which was designed by Eaton Architects.
The majority of the work, and the majority of the construction budget, was completed by San Juan County contractors and subcontractors.
The clinic in Monticello has been housed in the San Juan Hospital for more than ten years. Conditions were crowded in the joint clinic/hospital.
Construction crews are still at work on an expansion of the hospital lab and food service facilities. The 2,000 square foot hospital expansion is expected to be open in early 2012.
The project is the latest step in a process to restructure San Juan Hospital and the San Juan Health Service District.
The restructuring effort has included $4.3 million in capital projects, including a new operating room suite, dietary lab expansion, a new clinic in Spanish Valley, and the new clinic in Monticello.
More than 60 percent of the $4.3 million in projects has been paid by grants, with the remaining $1.7 million from debt financing.
The bond that funded the clinic construction will be paid with an annual payment for the next 30 years at less than one percent interest.
Officials state that the debt payment for the project will be about $100 a day.