Building a Healthier Tomorrow – FirstLight breaks ground on $62m expansion project

Building a Healthier Tomorrow – FirstLight breaks ground on $62m expansion project

June 29th marked FirstLight’s ground breaking celebration for its major phased construction project that was announced last fall.  When complete, the expanded Mora campus will encompass a total of 195,000 square feet of that approximately 71,000 square feet that will be either new construction or remodeled space.  Planning and discussions for this project started in 2013 citing improvements to the infrastructure, patient access, services, security, and technology. The project, expected to last two and half years will cost approximately $62 million, and will not use any tax dollars.

The FirstLight team and its construction partners have completed the final stages of the planning and approval process. Since last fall, they’ve been busy undertaking the necessary site prep work and while they had hoped to break ground as soon as the snow had melted, the team decided to broaden the scope of the project even further. The original renovation project included new inpatient, rehabilitation, Emergency Department space along with a centralized entrance, some renovation of existing spaces and now will also include additional space for the clinic.

DSGW and Kraus -Anderson, FirstLight’s architect and construction lead for the project, have been diligently working to finalize the design, phasing, and approval processes.   “We are excited to finally move forward with this project. FirstLight has invested heavily in our services and is committed to offering the best medical care in East Central Minnesota.   We take pride in being able to offer specialized services in this area, helping our patients get well sooner and they don’t have to travel far to receive great medical care,” comments CEO, Randy Ulseth.

For the most current information about this project, check FirstLight’s website: firstlighthealthsystem.org/expansion, follow them on Twitter and Like their Facebook page.