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Altru to begin construction on steel structure of new hospital next month

The project is being completed by PCL/Community, a joint venture, as well as JLG Architects and HPLEX. It has a budget of $380 million and is slated to be completed in 2024.

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Altru is closing in on the completion of the site planning and preparation stage and will resume construction in January 2022 on the steel structure of its new hospital.

The project is being completed by PCL/Community, a joint venture, as well as JLG Architects and HPLEX. It has a budget of $380 million and is slated to be completed in 2024.

“Over the past few months, our teams have been actively preparing the site, completing off-site fabrication and material preparation,” Jonathan Lowery, area manager at PCL/Community, said. “We are happy with our progress thus far and excited to continue the steel installation soon. The basement is currently being heated in preparation for recommencement of slab and steel placement during the winter months.”

Altru will use its budget to construct a seven-floor hospital with 226 licensed patient beds, a 16-bed observation unit and a negative pressure unit, which are used to house and treat patients who have infectious diseases or are at enhanced risk of contracting diseases from other patients, staff and visitors.

“It is energizing to see the progress being made on our new hospital project,” Dr. Steven Weiser, president at Altru, said in a news release. "This facility symbolizes the growth and innovation ahead of us at Altru. We are grateful for the team on this project who have envisioned a state-of-the-art facility that will serve our region for generations to come.”

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Annie Bonzer, director of marketing & public relations at Altru, said weather will not be a factor when it comes to beginning construction early next year.

“We anticipate resuming steel work in January once the described site preparation steps are complete,” Bonzer said. “Construction teams are accustomed to working through the winter months, so we don’t anticipate notable disruptions from weather conditions. We are still at 18% complete on the structure, (but) this will change rapidly upon steel construction.”

Jonathan Holth, community and client development manager at JLG Architects, gave an extensive floor-by-floor rundown of all seven levels of the hospital at a Grand Forks County Commission meeting in August when the company was seeking COVID-19 relief dollars via ARPA funding, which can be used to invest in public health and infrastructure projects.

“The new hospital will really solidify Altru’s brand and also elevate the brand to continue to be known as the premier healthcare provider in the county and the region,” Holth said in the meeting. "Some of the key patient benefits of the hospital, according to Altru, are a private NICU, state-of-the-art operating rooms, private pre- and post-operative rooms, a dedicated trauma operating room, a traume elevator for immediate transport needs and an improved aesthetic with easier navigation for patients and staff."

The project originally broke ground in June 2019. Construction was delayed in April 2020 to focus on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it resumed in February 2021 once more financial support had been secured. Originally, 2022 was the estimated completion year, but now the hospital is expected to be completed some time in 2024.

Jacob Holley joined the Grand Forks Herald as its business reporter in June 2021.

Holley's beat at the Grand Forks Herald is broad and includes a variety of topics, including small business, national trends and more.

Readers can reach Holley at jholley@gfherald.com.Follow him on Twitter @JakeHolleyMedia.
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