HONORABLE MENTION – 2020 Healthcare Design Showcase

Essentia Health’s Vision Northland will invest in the future of Duluth, Minn. Located on the bluffs above Lake Superior’s western shore, Essentia’s new flagship hospital will streamline health services, redefine the continuum of care, and invigorate downtown Duluth with engaging public amenities. The new healthcare campus will provide spectacular views of Lake Superior by taking advantage of the waterfront topography. The project combines renovating multiple existing healthcare facilities and a major new inpatient and outpatient building that extends from Second Street to the north all the way down the hillside to Superior Street, the city’s major commercial and entertainment center.

A multi-story inpatient bed tower located uphill at Second Street will rise above the roof garden, and serve as a beacon signifying the presence of state-of-the-art healthcare services and Essentia’s commitment to the economic vitality of the city and the region.

Essentia envisions a hospital environment that is comfortable, welcoming and efficient for patients, visitors, and staff. Public areas will have the engaging warmth of hospitality spaces, with natural materials and themes of healing, nature and the rich narrative of the region’s history and peoples.

Vision Northland will consolidate facilities and improve efficiency and the delivery of state-of-the-art healthcare. Additionally, the new facility creates a nexus for downtown recreation, economic revitalization, and visionary healthcare services for the people of Duluth. Program includes new surgical and perioperative platform including 22 ORs, new emergency department, new aulatory platform, and new support services.

Project category: Project in progress

Chief administrator: Dr. Robert V. Erickson, MD, Vision Northland physician advisor

Firm: EwingCole, www.ewingcole.com

Design team: EwingCole (architect, interior designer, structural engineer, MEP engineer); McGough Construction (general contractor); LHB (civil engineering and renovation)

Total building area (sq. ft.): 928,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $865

Total construction cost (excluding land): $800 million

Completed: July 2022