Vision Northland

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Vision Northland

Project Type: Hospital Replacement

Client: Essentia Health

Essentia Health in Duluth, MN engaged LHB as associate architects/engineers to work with Ewing Cole from Philadelphia, PA to replace their aging facility and consolidate patient care operations into a smaller campus footprint. The Project consists of a 942,500 square foot addition connected to two separate existing outpatient buildings in Downtown Duluth, MN. Once complete, the new facility will consist of a single building consisting of over 1,365,000 square feet of patient care on 18 levels and will have a footprint of approximately 820 feet by 635 feet.

Due to the travel distances involved in serving a facility covering the area of nearly four (4) blocks, Essentia recognized that automation and technology would be essential in the operations of the new medical center. From the beginning the use of autonomous robots was integrated into the design. This required careful coordination with robotics vendors to assure robots had space to navigate both new and existing buildings, be able to access elevators, and have adequate charging stations distributed throughout the building. Robots will play a key role in efficiently providing food service to patient floors, deliver clean supplies, and remove trash and dirty supplies and linens.

Upon completion, the project will provide 312 inpatient beds, Outpatient Clinics and will have a rooftop Helipad.

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