An up-close look at the new Marquette hospital at the half-way point
UP Health System – Marquette broke ground at the site of its new, state-of-the-art hospital and adjoining medical office building on May 26, 2016.
From afar, it’s easy to tell that we’ve come a long way since then. The foundation is set, the steel and concrete work is finished, and the structure will be fully enclosed by the end of the year.
The exterior skin is more than half done, which consists of a unitized system of precast and windows. These units are fitted together, much like puzzle pieces. Glass and brick finishes culminate in an attractive, sophisticated exterior design.
Once inside, we really start to see the vision come to life. Interior finishes, from painting to drywall, are just about 50% complete. Architects who designed the hospital focused on a patient-first philosophy. The entire building is designed with patient care, access, navigability, and safety in mind.
And, the benefit to our community has already been tremendous, creating hundreds of jobs. Approximately 95% of the workers on site are union laborers. At peak times, there can be a range of 450-500 works on site, involved in the various skilled trades that make possible the complex construction of a hospital.
Let’s take a closer look at the progress thus far on the new, state-of-the-art UPHS – Marquette hospital as we tour the facility.
Touring the new hospital
We joined a tour group to see first-hand the work being done inside the new hospital.
First, parking at the Skanska-Closner headquarters on Washington St., we donned appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including a helmet, vest, goggles, and gloves.
Walking along the path that will mark one of three paved entrances to the hospital, we circled around to the South entrance, where the future lobby will be finished.
The first floor will feature frequently used services such as laboratory and imaging, easy for patients to find, as well as the Emergency Room and critical care services.
Going up to the second floor, we see where the adjoining parking garage is under construction. The 3-story garage will hold nearly 500 cars. Elevator shafts give a view up. In all, there are 8 floors to the new $300+ million hospital.
From the sixth floor and up, we begin to feel a sense of the very central location of the Roundhouse Property. The 37 acres chosen for the site of the new UPHS hospital offer panoramic views of the city of Marquette. The central location provides easy access from multiple locations.
The new, state-of-the-art UP Health System – Marquette hospital will span more than 500,000 square feet. What started with the sale of the historic Roundhouse Property in 2015 has grown into one of the largest development projects that has ever taken place in the city of Marquette.
Right at the center of the city, the new UP Health System – Marquette hospital will provide life-saving healthcare services to community members for many years to come. The hospital is on track to be completed in the fall of 2018.