Ascension Saint Michael's Hospital Emergency Department/Ambulatory Surgery

Stevens Point, WI
Delivery Method: General Contractor
Architect: Flad Architects

The Ascension Saint Michael's Hospital Emergency Department/Ambulatory Surgery addition and renovation consisted of a three-year multiphase project which totaled well over 30,000 square feet with investment in excess of $20 million. The project included an addition for a new Emergency Department, an ambulance garage, new lobby and waiting area along with significant upgrades and expansion of the patient care areas along with the introduction of multipurpose patient rooms that can double as Emergency Rooms as well as Ambulatory surgery suites.

Aggressive planning and implementation schedules had to be adhered to along with significant review of existing plans. Revit BIM modeling and clash detection was leveraged during design of the addition's structural components, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems to ensure proper fit and finish of these lifesaving necessities. Constant communication between Ellis project managers and superintendents and Saint Michael's project management and department staff was necessary to always hold patient safety and comfort in the highest regard, as the entire project happened within a 24-7-365 major hospital with one of the highest Emergency Department volumes in central and north central Wisconsin.

Finish level and detail were a client priority in order to enhance the healing environment. Intricate steel erection detail was necessary from Ellis craftworkers in order to sculpt the curving entrance to the new Emergency Department. Stonework and stained glass accents were used to tie in historic references to the former hospital areas. Soft colors and archways were also used, along with an entirely new corridor which was added to the superstructure along the eastside of the hospital. This corridor completely separates the hospital from all clinical and medical areas for public traversing of the facility.

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