Flagstaff, Arizona



In partnership with Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH), Loven Contracting constructed Guardian Medical Station 52. Standing two stories tall and over 15,700SF, this facility includes:

  • 4,710SF of office space;
  • 896SF of training area;
  • Nine (9) crew quarters for on-duty personnel;
  • Twelve (12) emergency vehicle storage bays;
  • A state-of-the-art call center; and
  • One (1) off-site detention basin.

The job site featured a mix of high plasticity (PI of 30%+) clay-bearing soils mixed with large diameter and shelves of dense basalt. This soil composition posed numerous challenges in the construction of structural foundations. Loven Contracting successfully addressed this challenge through both over-excavation to competent basalt and the placement of lean slurry beneath the structural foundations. In addition, this project was a ground-up build during the winter. Temporary covers and heaters were strategically placed in areas where the masonry and concrete were installed and maintained to prevent freezing. As construction progressed, the materials remained enclosed 24/7 until curing was complete. The Guardian Medical Transport Station features a round roof system with TJI joists and foam insulation installed. Layout and computer modules supported the installation of wall anchors, top of wall anchors, and MEP and sprinkler systems. To ensure that the roof panels would match the curvature of the arch, the panels were bent on-site.

The new, centrally located facility provides much-needed updates in almost every category, including upgraded, private crew quarters, state-of-the-art communications center, and new vehicle bays. As a result of the new location and facilities, the response time has been significantly improved, the service life of vehicles has been extended, and employee satisfaction has increased.