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Published on December 21, 2009

Mercy Medical Center Breaks Ground on a New Steam Plant

Plant funded by $4M million federal grant

Mercy Medical Center, 701 10th St. SE, is breaking ground this week on a new on-site steam boiler plant. Mercy was previously a user of steam produced by Alliant Energy's Sixth Street Generating Plant, which was destroyed in the June 2008 flood. Since then, Mercy has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce to acquire a federal grant through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to build its own steam system.

This week Mercy will begin building a 3,000 square foot addition to its existing Central Plant on the north side of the hospital and well above 500-year flood levels. The addition will include six high-efficiency steam boilers which will meet the hospitals current needs, with additional capacity for future growth.

Both phases of the project will be funded primarily by the $4 million EDA grant. The grant will cover 95% of the project costs.

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