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BLOOMINGTON — The Center for Integrated Wellness is more than a year away from opening but, looking at the site late afternoon Monday, partners in the massive project could visualize the collaboration that will happen under one roof.

"You can already see the integration in how the building is designed," said Jim Ellis, executive vice president of Integrated Wellness Partners, a Signet Enterprises company. "Communication between spaces...will help the patient to move to optimal health."

The center is the 106,000-square-foot, $35 million facility under construction north of Central Illinois Regional Airport and south of McGraw Park. Partners in the project include Signet, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, McLean County Orthopedics (MCO) and Method Sports Performance.

Erection of structural steel is 95 percent complete — just three months after groundbreaking, said Brenden Shea, Signet vice president of construction.

Project partners used the construction milestone as an opportunity for a hard-hat tour of building. About 20 representatives of the partnering agencies joined the tour led by Chris Trotta, Signet lead design architect.

"It's amazing to see the amount of progress made in that time," said Advocate BroMenn President Colleen Kannaday. "I'm surprised by the sheer size of the facility."

"It's farther along than I would have expected," said MCO CEO Don Stumpp.

During the tour of the building at Trinity Lane and Cornelius Drive, Trotta pointed out future locations of a medically based fitness center, sports performance institute, orthopedic center, imaging center, community education area and physician offices.

Each partner will have its own identity in the building but will work together to benefit patients, Trotta said.

"From the design and implementation side, there has been good collaboration with (architect) Farnsworth Group and (construction manager) P.J. Hoerr," Trotta said. "I'm very pleased with the progress."

"You can see the synergy of the different parts and visualize the patient flow and the continuum of care," Kannaday said.

Shea hopes the building will be enclosed by winter and that construction will be complete in July 2016. The center is scheduled to open in fall 2016.

"I don't think that Bloomington-Normal knows what's coming," said Dr. Joe Norris, MCO president and Method Sports co-founder.

"This structure reminds me that we're doing something completely different," Norris said. "This is everything that we've been planning but in concrete form."

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Health Reporter

Health reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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